Artists: Tamara J Keeler
What year did you start tattooing: 2014
Do you have any special training: I have taken every art class I possibly could grade school thru college. I also have my blood-borne pathogens training and did a year apprenticeship.
Tell us about the style of your work: My style of work is a mixture of different styles, for my love of tattooing started with the American Traditional styles and I mix this style with geometric/mandala styles, I also combine watercolor, and neo-traditional styles into my work.
Conventions usually worked: I am still a rookie tattoo artist but I am a second year member of the National Tattoo Association I will be attending for a second time in April at the Orlando FL location. I also attended for the first time the Colorado Tattoo Convention which I also will be attending for the second time in 2018; I have put my work in both competition for the exposure and experience.
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed in my home town (born and raised) at The Dungeon Inc. Body Art Studio in Canon City, CO.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I have been a huge fan of Megan Massacre since before I was a tattoo artist. I admire female tattoo artists very much for the skill and for being women in the industry. Other favorites include Tatu Baby, Ryan Ashley, even Teresa Sharpe. I also am a huge fan of Oliver Peck and Joseph Haef.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I always advise considering location especially if they work in a place it could affect their job. I also try to talk people into adjusting the size of the tattoo depending on what it is because you want that tattoo to look good and last for a long time and sometimes the size can have a huge affect on the quality of the tattoo.
How did you get into tattooing: My boyfriend and went into The Dungeon (where I apprenticed and now work) to get him a tattoo one day; we are seen pretty frequently there, we were early so I sat in the waiting room drawing on the back of a receipt I had in my purse. The head tattoo artist (now my mentor) asked if I wanted something proper to draw on and while my boyfriend was getting tattooed by him I was drawing. The tattoo artist saw what I was drawing and asked me if I would like to apprentice, quit my job and college a month later...been tattooing ever since.
What inspires you to be an artist: Nature inspires me the most. I have spend a lot of time in the mountains and something about nature always felt right especially tattooing. My grandma (mom) use to educate me on plants and nature and I think it reflex a lot in how I tattoo.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I always look forward to tattooing watercolor pieces, I am a huge fan of color. I also love anything in combination of flowers or nature mixed with geometric or abstract shapes and or patterns.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: My mentor is very known for realism so I don;t do many portraits. I would love to become confident in tattooing animal portraits, for I have an animal myself and their very sentimental tattoos.