Artists: Shelly Dax
What year did you start tattooing: 2006
Do you have any special training: Licensed tattoo school in Oregon.
Tell us about the style of your work: I love painterly, watercolor, graphic, colorful, free-flowing work
Conventions usually worked: Eugene
Where did you apprentice?: Oregon tattoo school in Salem. 4 workshops with Jeff Gogue.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Jeff Gogue, Mike DeVries, Hannah Aitchison, Teresa Sharpe
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Think of body flow, whether or not you will be getting more, and work backwards from a body suit, even if you think you'd never get one, to avoid the "suitcase sticker" look. Avoid names unless it is parents, grandparents or children.
How did you get into tattooing: Was an artist/writer/singer since I was young, did theatrical set painting, felt I should have been born in Renaissance era! always loved tattoos. Decided to pursue tattoo school after I dropped out of the University of Oregon studying arts administration at age 40!! Many people were disappointed in me "you have potential", "you can do better than that" etc. But I stuck to my guns and jumped. No regrets at all.
What inspires you to be an artist: Nature, food, mystical magic, celestial concepts, animals, mosaic, multi-mediums, texture, music, words
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: mystical, moving, emotional, colorful, inspired
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: the goddess Ceredwyn, or medusa