Artists: Calah Wright
What year did you start tattooing: 2009-01-01
Do you have any special training: I own a piece of paper that claims I earned a bachelor degree at the University of Windsor for Visual Arts and Communication Studies. The training dished out at the hands of my tattoo mentors can definately be categorized as SPECIAL. The training involved in becoming a professional inkslinger cannot be contained in a 2000 character box, but can definately be the basis for at the very least, a full feature film. Or two. Why stop there? Someone needs to make a tattoo movie trilogy.
Conventions usually worked: I have not yet hit the convention circuit.... but a fair warning to the world. 2013 kicks off in Detroit.
Where did you apprentice?: I stumbled into and started my tattoo career at Sun City Tattoos, in Penticton,BC.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Florian Karg pretty much takes the cake and blows my brain right out of my pretty skull.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Literal advice involves not going on a complete bender the night before.... But in a larger scheme... find an artist with excellent work ethic, who's style you like, and trust them to run free. DO NOT treat your artist as your puppet. I generally don't have to actually use these words. The studio I work in is stacked with talented artists who all excel at different styles. I only take on the clients who already want what I do. They already trust me to rock their skin.
How did you get into tattooing: I lost the bead on my lip ring. I've been drawing and painting my entire life, ever since my chubby little baby fingers could hang onto art supplies. I developed a taste for being tattooed at the tender age of 15. By the age of 25, I was so heavily tattooed, that when I walked into Sun City Tattoos in Penticton, BC where I had just randomly moved, I was mistaken for a tattoo artist. They asked if I was an artist. "Uh,yeah......Oh, wait. No. A fine artist. Not a tattoo artist." "Do you wanna be?" "Yeah, okay." Seriously, no joke. It was that easy to fall down the tattoo rabbit hole.
What inspires you to be an artist: Everything. The sky. The clouds. My coworkers. My clients. Longboarding. Trees. Flying kites. Beaches. Kittens. Cycling. Books. Museums. Galleries. Cafes. Dirty punk bars. Posh jazz lounges. Sugar free vanilla ice cream. New York City. Hiking. Butterflies. Zippers. Love. Coffee. Menthol cigarettes. Wine. Bones. Heartache. Heartbreak. Vodka. Mountains. Blank walls.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I look forward to mad evil genius revolutions....pushing boundaries of what is "normal". I especially look forward to translating my own paintings into tattoos with the freedom and room to morph and change them on the fly.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: A CITYSCAPE!!!!! Like, the New York Skyline. Or Paris. I've only tattooed one warped clocktower so far, and it'd be so rad to build an entire cityscape on someone.