Artists: Sasha Kaye Cox
What year did you start tattooing: 2006 or 2007
Do you have any special training: I wouldn't say I have any "special" training, I guess I could say I'm Self taught like most artists, watch, learn and observe, as the secrets are Kept amongst those genesis of the Art world! Although I've watched a lot of change over the 7 or 8 years! Being thrown into the deep end, by an angry boss was actually a good thing I learnt to do anything that walked through the door, every day was a challenge and every night I would prepare, I still do, it truely is a lifestyle, but I am not just a Tattooer, over the ok years I have become a friend, a councillor, a mate, bro, homie, a cleaner, kitchen lady, manager, receptionist, artist, and so many more things, I like to keep busy! Haha Working with clientele, more so friends, is the best part, meeting people from all walks of life, all ages, all nationalities, Men and women and I get to spend hours sometimes, even days with people and my regulars god bless the laughs and gifts and jokes! Creating a piece with someone is an art itself if you can form a bond with your artist/client then you'll create a tattoo together, that's the beautiful thing about it all, and when you sit down and actually realise people are walking around all over the place with your tattoo's, it's crazy and incredible. I've been lucky enough to help with a few foundations, we did tattoo's and donated to help children and of corse little Shyla, I know we can't heal or ease their pain but we can help take away stress on the family, so to me that's the special part!!
Tell us about the style of your work: I like a variety of everything! I do love a challenge! I love floral designs, Flowers, Fine detail pieces, Intricate designs, Animals, realistic/ cartoon Pin up girls, Women, Horror, Lettering of all fonts, Oriental/Japanese Black and grey work Colour work Water colour Symbols and Geometrical designs Horror and gore Blood and zombies Skulls! Alice In Wonderland, Anything cute!!
Conventions usually worked: I have been fortunate to have been to three conventions so far. The first one was The Sydney tattoo convention in 2012, that was a great experience! you need a day to do everything and see it all!! It's like a carnival with fairy floss and beer! The second was Perth 2013and again that was another great experience was interesting seeing all the different styles of of Art, and all the clothing and Jewelry was cool! Then we did Melbourne 2013 and that was a lot of fun I met And saw a lot of very talented people :) I look forward to the next one!!
Where did you apprentice?: I was an Apprentice Artful Ink in Perth, I joined the crew when I was 15 and did two years there with them, was my first family away from home!
What tattoo artist do you most admire: To be honest I don't keep up with the latest artists work, I'm also useless with technology and always have a fat phone bill haha, but I do admire Mike DeVries, his work is on another level, his colour is beautiful, that man is a genius!
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: If they're new to the studio I always introduce myself if I haven't already and everyone fills out a form and I really get serious with this as I have seen a few faints, and epileptic fits, the forms are important and your artist needs to know if you have any medical conditions! Also a nice meal before and maybe some lollies:D a positive mood makes a tattoo a whole lot easier trust me!
How did you get into tattooing: I walked past the studio when I was just 15, I saw a sign in the window saying " apprentice wanted". My parents had said I could leave school only if I had an apprentiship or a full time job, so I dove straight in whilst earning my wage at Target! Retail wasn't for me haha Put together a portfolio of a variety of different styles of art work all A3, took it to the studio after a month it was done, I didn't expect to ever recieve a call but I did the following day and I jumped into the world of a tattoo artist!
What inspires you to be an artist: Anything artistic, morbid, old, withered, vintage, rock, blood, gore, Alice in wonderland, animals, music, people, my mental journey of 13 years, my family and definitely my wild imagination and of corse, Life and death.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I have a couple of personal tattoos I would like to do on myself actually! Haha, couple of ideas close to my heart! Other than that anything my ink lovers bring to me!
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Not in particular, I'm excited too see what my ink lovers bring me!