Artists: Becca Lyn
What year did you start tattooing: 2015
Do you have any special training: I studied at a private all girls liberal arts college, but once I realized I wanted to tattoo I dropped out.
Tell us about the style of your work: My style is heavily influenced by both American Traditional and Neotraditional. I’ve really been inspired by muted tones in my neo work. When I first started tattooing, American traditional was my go to. The cleanliness of each piece made zero room for error. I strive for that in each of my tattoos, no matter the style.
Conventions usually worked: I’ll be starting Ink Mania in St Petersburg FL this year.
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed in my hometown of Pennsylvania at a shop that’s no longer there. I apprenticed for about a year, but I felt there was still more to learn. I did another year under the shop I currently work at.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I’m continually inspired by the growing amount of upcoming artists in this community. There are too many to properly list, but if I had to specify: Paul Dobleman, Chelsea Shoneck, Ian Parkin and quite a few of my hometown tattooers.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Working in a street shop environment, my clientele base is different from that of a private studio. I deal with a different kind of client all together. Some of my walk ins are easily trusting and don’t care who tattoos them, thinking that because it’s small anyone can do what they ask for. My advice: Don’t assume. I’m greatful and humbled by the amount of trust my clients give me daily. Research your artist. From a small infinity symbol to a back piece, research research research! You will get the best looking Tattoo if you go to someone who specializes in the style you want.
How did you get into tattooing: It was some time in March 2012. I had recently dropped out of college. I tried my hand at commissioned art, but I didn’t have a style, or any sort of clientele base. I was virtually a nobody trying to hype up to an online base that didn’t exist. I got an email from someone I had went to school with, but never spoke to before. He had reached out to me to design a tattoo that he could take to get done. I had no idea what a good tattoo looked like, how to draw it out, etc. But he offered me 100$ and I thought to myself, I’ll figure it out for 100$! I did a bit of research, was able to draw up what he wanted and sent it to him. Days go by, I had honestly forgotten about it when I got another email. Attached was a picture of his fresh tattoo. This was the epitome of a scratcher Tattoo, but I was overwhelmed in that moment. Seeing my art on this kid I barely spoke to was such a humbling experience. Out of anyone he chose my art to wear forever. That’s when I realized I wanted to do the whole thing. I wanted to draw it and tattoo it. It took three years for me to get my foot in the door from that day to my apprenticeship. I made countless portfolios, did as much researching as I could. It was such an experience to hold a running machine for the first time. Even if it was on a store bought grapefruit my mentor picked up for lunch.
What inspires you to be an artist: I’m continually inspired by nature. I feel that the earth gives us the rawest form of inspiration, from the blended colors on a Robin to the strange shapes of plants. Some times I’ll see color combinations when I’m out and about and think, “I gotta try that in my work”
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Being in a street shop I do a lot of one shot tattoos. This year I’m traveling a lot more and expanding my horizons as far as tattoos go, and I’d like to build upon my work more. Larger pieces, pieces that require healing time, etc. I’d like to learn more from my work by stepping away from it for a bit.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: As far as my style goes, there are still a few classic tattoos I have yet to pay homage to. Specifically, a few of Bert Grimm’s pieces. I’d love to do a Grimm Tiger this year!