Artists: Megan Wood
What year did you start tattooing: 2011
Do you have any special training: I am an academy trained painter and drawer from Academy of Art University, San Francisco. I was mentored in tattooing out of San Diego by Alex Kuo.
Tell us about the style of your work: My style is packed with lots of color! I love to use bold bright colors in many pieces, but I also enjoy the softer colors with loose watercolor like edges. I typically blend my shades and colors into my lines for a lineless look. My work looks like I've painted on my clients' skin.
Conventions usually worked: none
Where did you apprentice?: Steady Flow Tattoo in San Diego, CA by Alex Kuo.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I greatly appreciate Nikko Hurtado and his amazing ability to make beautiful color portraits. His attention to detail in color variations is a skill to strive for.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I like to advise my clients to make sure they've thoroughly thought out their design. I ask the to consider whether or not their 70 year old self will still be proud to wear the proposed tattoo. I like to approach each tattoo as if it will be my next masterpiece. With that being said, I don't tattoo for the money, I do it because I truly love art and feel fortunate that clients choose me to make art on them so I don't do a tattoo just to get paid that day. Sometimes both parties need to postpone, take a step back and reevaluate the proposed tattoo to make sure it's perfect. It's important for both me as the artist and the client to come to agreement on design and placement so that we are in harmony going into an appointment. I also advise on placement and whether or not their design has a proper flow with their body. Placement and positioning are just as important as the tattoo itself.
How did you get into tattooing: Having been an artist my entire life, I always had an appreciation for tattoos- the wearable art. Becoming a professional tattoo artist was always a thought in the back of my mind, but something I never thought would happen. In my desire to bring more art into my life I began art school. After my studies at Academy of Art University, I felt my skills as an artist had been sharpened and fine tuned to a degree that I did not know was possible. It gave me the confidence I needed to venture out into the world of tattoo art. I saw tattooing as the perfect way for me to make art daily and to make my career art based. You know what they say- mold you career around your lifestyle, not your lifestyle around your career.
What inspires you to be an artist: I'm always inspired by mother nature in all her ways. The way light reflects around objects, the way shadows take on different colors. I love to capture nature's little tricks in my tattoos.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I look forward to anything colorful! Color is what brings me the most joy in the tattoo process. I'm looking ahead to more color realism. I'm also looking forward to more pieces full of little details.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I've been dying to do a unicorn jumping over a galactic rainbow!