Artists: Rose Hardy
What year did you start tattooing?
How did you get into tattooing?
Through Adam Craft in New Zealand.
Where did you apprentice?
I apprenticed for about two years in Auckland before I tattooed paying customers. Adam Craft and Aaron Stradwick are the main people that taught me in the beginning. Then when I stared working with Dean Sacred a little later in my career, he helped me out a whole lot too.
What conventions have you worked at?
I have worked at the Auckland International tattoo convention, Rites of Passage in Melbourne, Sydney Tattoo and Body Art Expo, and the Stockholm Inkbash in Sweden.
How do you describe your style?
I guess it’s a bit traditional but sometimes with a little more realism and detail.
What inspires you as an artist?
Old photographs—pre-1920s photos I find really interesting and classic. All the people I work with also inspire me.
What sets you apart from other artists?
That’s a hard question, but I guess the easy answer is having a drawing style that people can recognize as mine—hopefully!
What other mediums do you work in?
I try and paint as much as I can, which unfortunately isn’t enough. I use mostly acrylics and watercolor inks.
How have you branched out from tattooing?
In the last few years I have been asked to do artwork for a few advertising companies. The first was three portrait paintings of the finalists for best female vocalist for the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Another one was composition and working drawings for the latest Fisherman’s Friend campaign. I have also been a part of a few group shows in the past few years—tattoo group show for Angelique Houtkamp’s Tattoo Darling book release at Melbourne’s Outré Gallery, The Mad Potters Tea Party and Edge of Love at Strychnin gallery in Berlin. Also Give Heart at Lo Fi Collective in Sydney, a benefit show for Japan.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
The ones that can keep it real and avoid scanning other tattooists’ Facebook pages for stuff to trace.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
I’m pretty happy to do anything that I think I will be able to pull off well, as long as the customer has an open mind to how I want to interpret it, sits well, and knuckles down to a session at least every few weeks so it can be completed in a good amount of time.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
More back pieces!