Artists: Anya Gladun
What year did you start tattooing: 2008-01-01
Do you have any special training: i had a very brief apprenticeship that ended with me tattooing full-time at a different shop.
Conventions usually worked: Baltimore, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Philly, DC, Wyoming
Where did you apprentice?: in Virginia at RA Ink [no longer existing, as far as i know]
What tattoo artist do you most admire: i have a whole plethora of people who constantly deliver tons of inspiration: Dave Tevenal, Emily Rose Murray, Eva Schatz, Cristina Garcia, Tom Taylor, Dusty Neal, Annie Frenzel, Jasmin Austin, Adrian Edek, Lars Uwe, Tim Biedron etc.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: make sure you know exactly what you want, don't let the pain dictate how big and detailed you go and where, don't go too small and please trust your artist.
How did you get into tattooing: i've been drawing my entire life, as long as i can remember, but i never took it seriously, or as something i could do for a living. when i was a kid, artists didn't really make money, or so i was told, so i did something completely different for a while - i did consider getting into tattooing when i got my first couple tattoos, but where i'm from [Russia] you needed a cosmetologist's license to tattoo. i was already going to school full-time for English and worked in the evenings, so i gave up that idea. when i moved to the states aged 19, i worked a whole bunch of jobs: one of them was at a henna stand in Ocean City. that's when the thought of tattooing came back, and my quest began. i ended up moving to DC where i got into tattooing.
What inspires you to be an artist: just about everything, i never know where the inspiration will come from - it's the nature and the seasons, it's animals and birds, it's flowers [i love flowers] and it's people, literally everything around me.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: i'd like to do more weird, cryptic, mystical things - although i'm always down for silly chihuahua portraits or colorful cupcakes or what have you. i've been really lucky lately with clients that just let me do whatever i want with their ideas -and for that i'm forever grateful.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: there's a sketch of a bag of dicks i drew back in 09 [this is how i learned about Louis CK, the bag of dicks actually came first], it's pinned up on my corkboard in my station. people love it but there hasn't yet been the brave one to get it. maybe one day.