Artists: Jessica “Mrs. Tattoo” Harten
What year did you start tattooing: 2008
Do you have any special training: Apprenticeship.
Tell us about the style of your work: My preferred tattoo style would be realism (both color and black & grey). However, I am extremely versatile and comfortable working in any style.
Conventions usually worked: My husband and I will be attending and competing at the 2018 ‘20th anniversary’ NIX Tattoo Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is difficult to work at a number of conventions due to our tattoo studio being fully booked at least 3 months in advance at all times.
Where did you apprentice?: My apprenticeship took place in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. This is where I grew up and lived before moving to Timmins, Ontario.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I really admire Paul Acker and Nikko Hurtado for their amazing portraits.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I advise my clients to breath and relax.
How did you get into tattooing: I knew as a child that I wanted to have a career in the arts. The plan was to attend art school right after high school, but instead I got the opportunity for a tattoo apprenticeship. I fell in love with the tattoo industry. During my apprenticeship I met my (now) husband. He gave me permission to tattoo his entire body; allowing me the ability to improve my skill. I ended up tattooing Billy every second day for 8 months straight, resulting in him almost having a complete body suit. The body suit will be completed this summer at the convention we are competing at. That being said, I got a great deal of experience in a short period of time. We now own an amazing studio, Pure Addiction Studio.
What inspires you to be an artist: I am inspired by those who have pushed the limits of what is considered possible in the tattoo industry, but really it is inspiration enough working along side my husband and succeeding together.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Portraits are my absolute favorite tattoos to do. These pieces are usually very sentimental and meaningful to the client. Once the client looks at the completed portrait for the first time they usually have a huge smile or tears of joy. This is a great feeling.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I have had the opportunity to tattoo in every style and on all locations of the body I would be interested in tattooing. Nothing comes to mind with respect to a tattoo I am dying to do that I haven't already done.