Meet the Off the Map Tattoo Staff #4: Mary Bowen
It's hard to segway into this one because I'm talking about myself, so I suppose I will just say read on about me! I'm Mary and I'm the shop manager of Off the Map Tattoo!
1. How long have you worked in the tattoo industry and how did you get started?
I started at the shop in June of 2007. It was actually a fluke how it got started really. I was searching for a new place to get tattooed and Off the Map Tattoo came up in google, when I was perusing for tattoos I saw an ad that they were hiring. I emailed on a whim, interviewed the next day, got offered the job and promptly quit my "real life" job of 8 years to start working at the shop. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made,
2. What is your favorite style of tattooing?
I'm particularly drawn to bio-organic and bio-mechanical tattoos. I love how they can be conformed to flow with the shape and form of all bodies regardless of shape and size. I am also a huge fan of really colorful and super solid traditional tattoos.
3. Who have you been tattooed by and who's on your wish list?
I have had the opportunity to be tattooed by so many tattoo artists. Since I started working at the tattoo shop I've been tattooed by Jeff Gogue, Guy Aitchison, Carson Hill, Johnny Berrios, Mike Cole, Orrin Hurley, Dee Dee Seruga, Timmy B, Durb, Shawn Hebrank, Nathan Kostechko, Tattoo Andy, Muriel Zao, and Paul Acker. As far as my wishlist, it changes a lot but some constants are Nick Baxter, Jeff Ensminger, Markus Lenhard, and Adrian Dominic.
4. If I wasn't working in the tattoo industry I would probably be:
Working with old folks or animals, which is what I was doing prior to the shop. I also work as a professional makeup artist on the side, since I also quit that job to work full time at the shop!
5. One piece of advice for someone looking to get tattooed?
Saying "ouch" doesn't make it hurt any less- meaning focusing on the pain isn't going to make it any better. Do you best to keep your mind on something else, bring music, a book, things that comfort you and things that will keep your attention. If all you pay attention to is the pain, it's going to be a long painful session. Don't psyche yourself out too much. Afterall, thousands and thousands of people have tattoos- so it can't be that bad.