tattoo | interview with Jen Danger | Urge 2 Tattoo Studio 03/07/2015
Hello Jen Dager! Thanks so much for taking time to
answer some questions for our web magazine. It's always a pleasure
to interview a female tattoo artist, since the male population takes
a bigger presence in the business. You seem like a very dedicated
artist, doing almost all kinds of tattoos, as well as so creative,
because every single piece you've done is so unique. I bet you love
your profession and there's an interesting reason in getting into
this field. Let's start with some basic info about you...
Q: Since when the fascination for tattoo art first began?
A: It wasn't until I had my apprenticeship. I was always artistic, but never once thought I should tattoo. I liked getting tattooed. But it never crossed my mind. My artistic skill was minimal. But one day the opportunity was there, and I said, "fuck it", quit my job, and started my apprenticeship. I fell in love with tattooing instantly.
Q: You're very creative person. You do almost all kinds of tattoo styles, do you have any favorite?
A: My favorite style is full color, illustration. I love putting my twist on flowers and skulls.
Q: Girly, sweet designs are pretty remarkable in your portfolio, especially the cartoon ones. Do you find most creative freedom in those?
A: I do my best work when my client lets me run with their idea. I am most comfortable with the cartoon/illustration styles.
Q: Something that I really love about you as an artist, is your ability to give the clients a 100% unique design. Do you enjoy drawing a lot?
A: I literally draw all the time. When I first started in tattooing, my drawing skills were laughable. I am proof that if you want something bad enough, and work hard, you can achieve it.
- How much the drawing skills play a big role when it comes to creative tattooing?
HUGE! If you can't draw, you shouldn't tattoo. The better you are at drawing the more successful your tattooing will be.
Q: Being a tattoo artist is fun at
times. You meet lots of people, you hear lots of life-experiences,
what are some of the most memorable moments you remember?
A: I have the greatest job. My clients are amazing and are so good to me. There's too many memorable moments to list off. Everyday I feel so lucky to be here, and I am humbled by the love and loyalty of my clients.
- I guess as a sweet, beautiful girl you can get more customers than anyone! hehe Are there any crazy male clients on the list too?
Most of my clientele are women. My style is very girly so not a lot of guys are into that. No crazy stalker stories :)
Q: You also visit tattoo conventions. Do you think that those kinds of events are a great opportunity for the young artists to get noticed and learn something new?
Absolutely. Conventions are a great way to get your name out there and show off your talents.
- Most memorable moment of a tattoo event?
This past spring I won my first award with a tattoo I made on my best friend.
Q: You're part of "Urge2" Studio in
Alberta. There are great artists working there... I guess the
creative spirit between you all never sleeps. How is working there?
Working at Urge has made me the artist I am today. It's such a positive, artistic, fun environment. My co-artists are so talented and knowledgeable, it's a great place to be.
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Q: You seem like a very friendly person, always reliable and devoted to your client's needs. What's your opinion of the relationship between the artist and the clients?
A: The artist/client relationship is very important. For a successful outcome the artist and the client must be ne the same page.
Q: Being creative every day could be hard. How do you get inspired when things get tough in the studio, especially after so many long-sitting sessions?
A: I take breaks once a month to re-energize and step back from it all.
- Do you have any interesting hobbies?
Nope. haha I have a young family so all my non tattoo/art time is devoted to them <3
Q: The biggest challenge in this job?
A: I put a lot of pressure on myself to keep getting better. I am my biggest challenge.
Q: What would you tell to the newbies?
A: Always remember to be loyal, gracious and humble.
And DRAW all the time!!!!!
Ms.Dager, Thanks so much for the interview.
All my best,