Liz Miller aka “Lizzy Relentless” was born and raised in New Hampshire, making her home in Sacramento as a tattooer in 2005. In 2007, Relentless Tattoo Parlor was born, a shop that “strives to give everyone who walks through the door quality tattoos in a friendly welcoming environment.” Relentless Tattoo Parlor clearly stands behind this statement, as they’ve earned nothing but rave reviews from their clients.
Check out what one of Lizzy’s clients had to say:
“I’ve had previous work done from 6 different artists and none have been as efficient and talented as Lizzy. She is incredibly down to earth and helpful. Above all her work is immaculate. I get consistently complimented on the pieces she has done for me. She will be my artist for every last tattoo I get. Highly recommend this shop.” – Angel
Lizzy Relentless has a passion for American Traditional Tattoos. Keep reading to learn more about Lizzy, her style, and her amazing work.
How long have you been tattooing?
I have been tattooing for a little over 10 years now.
What keeps you motivated to do what you do?
I love tattooing and I can’t imagine my life without it. There is inspiration everywhere and in everything. My friends who are tattoo artists keep me motivated and inspire me constantly.
What was it like to be nominated Lagunitas Brewing Company’s chosen artist at Ink and Iron 2015?
Ahh!! I love Lagunitas. Everyone I have met during that process was amazing. It was great to work with them and wonderful to do a great event with them. I think in Long Beach I did 29 Lagunitas tattoos and in Nashville, I did 32. The support for the Brewing Company and the designs were amazing.
What do you think about new school style Tattooing?
I am not a huge fan. I appreciate certain aspects of it but would not choose it for myself. There are great artists who are amazing at it. It’s just not my jam.
What is your favorite thing about being a tattoo artist?
Art and the freedom to create whatever I like. Also being trusted enough to mark someone permanently. I get to do what I love and most people never get that opportunity.
Any pet peeves?
The pretentious tattooer attitude. I consider myself to be no better than a barista or bartender. I am performing a service. Yes, it’s cool and fun, but be humble and grateful. People do not have to spend their money with us. Getting a tattoo is a luxury for most people. I appreciate everyone that comes into the shop to get tattooed.
What is the worst thing you’ve had to tattoo on someone?
The worst is a hard one. I guess I can say when I first started there was a young couple who would come in quite regularly. Anytime the boyfriend wanted to get a tattoo he liked he had to get her name in script somewhere. He went along with it. I tried on numerous occasions to talk them out of it but they insisted. Her reasoning was that he could never cheat on her because anywhere another woman looked at his body her name would be there. I think in the end I put her name on him five times.
What would you say to an 18-year-old looking to get their first tattoo?
Have a clear idea of what you want but listen to your artist. Look at portfolios, do your research and ask questions. I am not trying to crush your dreams of a unicorn turning into stars, turning into a dove flying into the hands of Jesus. We know what we are doing and we are trying to give you the best tattoo possible.
Favorite type of tattoo machine?
I wouldn’t say I have a clear favorite. They all perform different functions for me. My everyday machines are made by “Hard” Karl Hedgepath.
Biggest influence in the industry?
My biggest influence is hard. It ranges from the old timers such as Karl Lark and Owen Jensen to Isaiah Toothtaker and Miguel Montgomery. There are too many to name. Everyone has a style or piece that motivates and influences me in some way.
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