Artists: Elianna Cortez Chavez
What year did you start tattooing: 1999
Tell us about the style of your work: First of all, I'm light handed. I ONLY use disposable supplies. You could say my specialty is TRADITIONAL. Im an outline freak. I am anal about my lines. I love to do color cover ups. I do permanent Makeup as well. (Eyebrows, eye liner, eye shadow, blush, lip line, and lip shading).
Where did you apprentice?: Shaggies Tattoo Shop
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Kat Von D
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I ask if they have any medical conditions, and if so, have they consulted with their physician the health concerns or risk associated with tattoos, ink, or certain metal allergies. I wont tattoo without a medical consent, if the people interested on getting a tattoo from me have heart conditions, epilepsy, anemia, or any major medical condition that can put their life at risk. I have each sign a consent form before getting a piercing or tattoo. In the form I specifically let them know the health condition precautions, the after care instructions, the price, the type of work charged for, and a parental or legal guardian consent signature required for anyone under the age of 18.
How did you get into tattooing: I have always been an artist since I can remember. Everything I saw, I would try to draw to the best of my ability. I have always been anal about small details on my drawings. Even tho from far u can't see them, I always concentrate on them. At age 13, I was in juvenile hall, and the girls always complimented my cursive style, and my drawings. From Juvenile hall, I went to camp, and would draw doodles on my bunk. Girls would walk by, and ask me if I would do a drawing for them. They first would offer me trades, to either draw or with my writing, write their letters. Then a girl told me to try to "handpick" a name on her. With ink we made, and a sharpened paper clip, I did her tattoo. It actually stayed, and looked good for a handpick tattoo. That is when I knew that when I got released, I was going to learn about and get into tattooing.
What inspires you to be an artist: The stories behind my customers tattoo. What it means or represents to them. And I like the thought of bringing their story to life, permanently in ink, on their bodies.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I have been told that based on some realistic tattoos I've done, I should be able do portraits. I know I can do my shading to where I make my tattoos stand out, or give them their realistic shades. But I think its just my phobia of mistakes. But, I have been giving it a lot of thought, and will try doing one on myself or a crazy volunteer. So I can get myself out of my own doubts.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: A Indian wedding tattoo. I already have a customer in India, interested in me specifically to be the one to tattoo her whole back before her wedding day. So my time and opportunity is already in the near future.