Artists: Megan Hoogland
418 S. Front Street
Mankato, MN 56001
What year did you start tattooing?
How did you get into tattooing?
The hard way.
Where did you apprentice?
I did a short apprenticeship in Owatonna, MN, and then learned most of what I know from other artists I would meet along the way. At that time tattooists were just starting to share information, but I still attribute most of my knowledge to traveling and meeting and working with new artists. I did as many guest spots as I could, especially with artists I looked up to.
What conventions have you worked at? Have you won any awards?
I’ve done at least one convention a year for the last 10 years, if not more. I have won awards; I just didn’t keep count. I don’t do the shows to compete, but if a customer enters their tattoo and wins, it’s very flattering.
How do you describe your style?
I specialize in black-and-gray and color reproduction, mainly portraits.
What inspires you as an artist?
My customers. Especially the ones that have researched my work and chosen me for something they know I would be good at, then let me do what I want…which I do anyway. People come to me for a reason, so I appreciate their trust more than anything. I know it can be stressful for a customer to not know what they are getting into, but everyone leaves happy.
What sets you apart from other artists?
I do specialize in portraits, but overall I’m a very well-rounded artist. I started out doing flash for years to make my technical abilities strong, and then started doing bigger work and portraits. I learned everything the hard way, and I think that only made my work stronger. I won’t even start about being a woman in this industry…
What other mediums do you work in?
Watercolor, but I would really like to learn oil. I guess I’m trying to master the hard one first.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
The ones without the outrageous egos.
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
Tattooing other tattoo artists is my favorite—nerve-racking but definitely the most flattering.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
I just try to figure out the best I can what they are wanting and offer suggestions if needed.