Artists: Chrissie Waddell
What year did you start tattooing: I started my apprenticeship in 2012, and started tattooing midway through 2013 'til now.
Do you have any special training: Nothing extraordinary, just your typical apprenticeship.
Tell us about the style of your work: At the moment I've been focusing a lot more on stippling and doing plenty of floral / mandala type pieces. What started out as doodling has now become quiet popular and my weeks are slowly filling up with these things! Before this I was tattooing anything I could learn something new from - so, everything.
Conventions usually worked: I have worked at the Surf N Ink convention in the Gold Coast. Not so much as a tattooist, but as a helping hand. I can't wait for the day I've got my own booth at a convention!
Where did you apprentice?: I was apprenticing at Platinum Ink Tattoo Company. I'm now tattooing at The Painted Lady Tattoo Studio in Holland Park, Brisbane.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Before I knew anything about the industry, it was definitely people like Kat Von D that opened up my interested towards tattooing. I have from then found so much inspiration from multiple different artists that specialize in various styles - from Roman Abrego and Benjamin Laukis to Alvaro Flores and Dillon Forte. Plus hundreds I'm following on Instagram! There are so many underrated artists out there.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Well, I tell 'em to have breakfast, that's for sure. I'm not having someone pass out and fall off a chair on me, again! (Classic apprentice experience).
How did you get into tattooing: As cliché as it sounds, I always wanted to be a tattooist. This wasn't obvious to me until I turned 18 and had to make a career choice though. I went from Airbrushing, to Audio Engineering and Sound Production, with lots of little jobs in between. I knew I had to be doing something creative, but tattooing was always just an idea, never an option. Until one day a friend of mine saw an opening for an apprentice, so I thought "Fuck it, I'm going for it". Fortunately for me, I got the spot! It was honestly the best decision I've ever made.
What inspires you to be an artist: I get inspired by anything I haven't seen before. It's easy, but not necessarily a good thing! Sometimes my brain is about to explode trying to decide what I should draw, or tattoo, next. I also don't believe you can ever stop learning new things as a tattooist, or any kind of artist. That's the beauty of it.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Anything that tests my abilities! I love the feeling of accomplishment when you finish something new, or something that you haven't done before.