Shelby Downey

from SheKnows Ink

Give us some insight into how you became a full time tattoo artist?
My mother actually suggested I look into getting an apprenticeship. I was familiar with getting tattoos but I had never actually thought of pursuing it as a career, but it turned out to be the best thing I could have ever done.

What does the tattoo industry mean to you?
For me, it means everything. Being able to do something every day that sets your soul on fire, where you can be yourself and create art, sometimes even help somebody through something, I can’t see myself doing anything else, and I wouldn’t give this industry up for anything or anybody.

Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?
I love to do illustrative, fine detail, black and grey semi realism work the most. Anything that is high attention to detail.

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