Meet the Off the Map Tattoo Staff #3: Chloe Vanessa
Chloe joined the Off the Map Crew in December 2009 and now tattoos full time at the shop! She's a huge Star Wars nerd, and her laughter (and jingly keys) can be heard from miles away. Read on to get to know her a little bit better!
1. How long have you been tattooing and how did you get started?
I've been tattooing for five and a half years and been in the industry for seven and a half. I started out in an internship at a local studio in Worcester when I was 17, moved on to an apprenticeship in another local studio, became a licensed artist at 19 and have worked in a few different studios in and around Worcester, including Unholy Grail Tattoo.
2. What is your favorite style of tattooing?
Definitely full-blown color leaning towards realism. I love tattooing animals, plants, landscapes, insects, fantasy creatures and cartoon characters.
3. Who have you been tattooed by and who's on your wish list?
I've been tattooed by:
Hector Cedillo of Off the Map Tattoo and Unholy Grail Tattoo
Angel Santana of Unholy Grail Tattoo
Carlos Lopez of Tattoo101
Nick Chaboya of Seventh Son Tattoo
Jimmy Lajnen of Fish Eye Ink
Ben Reigle of Off the Map Tattoo
Kelly Doty of Off the Map Tattoo
In the future I have plans to or hope to be tattooed by:
Dee Dee Seruga
As well as getting more work by Carlos Lopez and Ben Reigle
4. If I wasn't a professional tattoo artist I would probably be:
A puppet maker, the style of which is seen in The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Jurassic Park, and the older Star Wars movies. Although it seems as though the art of puppetry and animatronics in general is a dying art form due to the overwhelming influx of CGI
5. One piece of advice for someone looking to get tattooed:
I've definitely got a few. Don't get a tattoo just for the sake of getting a tattoo. Get something that will be meaningful to you and that you'll actually want for the rest of your life. If you're getting a tattoo just for the sake of it because you think it'll make you look cool or tough, rest assured that that reasoning will just make you look like an idiot. Don't get tattooed by the first person available. Even if you've put a lot of thought in making sure you're getting a design you really want, all tattoo artists ARE NOT created equal and you are likely to get a poorly executed tattoo if you rush into picking your artist. Do research on various tattoo artists by looking through their portfolios (the internet is SUCH a powerful tool!) and fined an artist who's STYLE you like. Then go to them with your idea and be open to their personal, professional, and artistic opinions. DO NOT price-shop for a tattoo. You wouldn't price-shop for a heart surgeon, would you? A tattoo is going to be on you for the REST OF YOUR LIFE!!!!!! If you're getting a tattoo you should be shopping around for quality and professionalism, not for the person who will do it for 13 dollars, a button, and half a pack of Rolaids!