Artists: Dina Rose
What year did you start tattooing: 1997
Do you have any special training: Not exactly. But I have been blessed to work with extremely skilled artists over the years and learned a great deal from them.
Tell us about the style of your work: My favorite styles are black and gray, fine line, portrait, realism, but I like to be versatile so that I can work with many different people. I draw inspiration from many different styles of art and things around me.
Conventions usually worked: I've done a few, but none that I do regularly. I may do more in the future. I prefer to do guest spots to conventions.
Where did you apprentice?: I was offered my apprenticeship with an artist in Brooklyn, NY. Things were different back then. He was crazy, but he gave me a start when nobody else would. He was a talented artist though. It turned out to be a short apprenticeship after he went back to using drugs. After that I was hired in a shop where I found out later, the owner was known as "the Butcher" by locals. Anybody from the area in the late 90's knows who I mean. But, that's really where learned the mechanical skills of tattooing. It was mostly just flash work.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Tom Renshaw. I have always loved his work. Anil Gupta has also been an inspiration to me.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: What advice DON'T I give! Find and artist that does the same style of work that you are looking for. Go meet them and make sure you like them and their studio. Have a good idea of what you want going in. If it's big work, make sure you are prepared to dedicate the time and money that it will take.
How did you get into tattooing: I was always working as a freelance artist, I drew my first tattoo that I had gotten on my arm. Then, friends began asking me for tattoo designs. The locally known artist at the time, that people were taking my drawings to, could not give me an apprenticeship but encouraged me to to continue drawing and consider tattoo as a career. I finally found somebody willing to take on a female apprentice. The rest is history.
What inspires you to be an artist: Mostly the people that let me work on them because they are all so unique and come from different places. I love renaissance art, cultural art, spiritual art and nature. I often check out museums for inspiration.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Portraits, Pin ups, anything that has texture, sacred geometry, I also like to tattoo on faces and heads.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Yes, the next one!