interview with Stacey Nightingale | Brisbane, Au| Night Ink 28/01/2016

Hello Stacey Nightingale! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our magazine. It's always a pleasure talking with an enthusiastic artist like you. You have a really interesting tattoo style, some people will probably say that you are also a fine artist, having this unique "water-color" tattoo style. Awesome, indeed!

Q: How your tattoo journey started? How did you learn the basic skills of tattooing? Anyone helped you?
A: Thanks so much for talking to me! Well I've always practiced art but I never really believed that I could actually make a career out of it until my partner convinced me to give it a try. He believed in me enough to make me believe it too, so I suppose I owe it all to him! I learned the basic skills by practice! I didn't learn by watching or reading, so for me it was all about getting in there and practicing on family and friends (thank god they were willing and trusting of me!) as being vegan the pig skin practice wasn't an option for me. I had mentors at both studios I apprenticed at, and they did teach me a lot of the techniques of tattooing, and for that I will always be grateful.

Q: How did you manage to learn the watercolor style?
A: Well I have only been tattooing for just over a year so I presume I'm still going to have a lot of developing to do! But the watercolor style all started when a friend of mine offered her skin when I was an apprentice. She wanted a watercolour feather. I'd never done anything like it before, so I was very worried but something just clicked. I've been in love with the fluidity of watercolour tattooing ever since!

Q: Do you feel inspired by someone or something? What is your major creative source?
A: My major muse would have to be nature, when ever I'm in the forest or at the beach I get so inspired with ideas for designs. Many many artists inspire me it's too hard to mention them all! But the ones who got me really into the watercolor style would have to be Ivana Tattoo and also Jay Freestyle. One day I'll travel to get a piece by them!


Q: Color tattoos are really eye-catching designs in your portfolio. But not just the color technique but also the style you apply, to me it looks like there's a painting on the skin, not a tattoo. Very cool! Could you please give me a little description of that style?
A: Wow thank you! I suppose the only way for me to describe the style I aim to specialize in would be a mixture between realism and watercolor.

- Would you say that "water-color" tattoos are your specialty?
Definitely, although I do enjoy other styles, watercolor just seems to be so relaxing and free flowing for me that it becomes a more creative outlet for me.

Q: This tattoo style is pretty new. It's started as a trend, but I think people start seeing it as a new art style and as a new art (color) technique. I guess, the technical part could be little tricky, I think the major role play the great color mix in order to create a nice image design and a proper color application on the skin. What part is the hardest when it comes to this technique?
A: The hardest part is definitely blending the colors into skin and really making it look like watercolor would on paper.

Q: I love the fact that you draw unique designs for your clients. Can clients suggest some images from the internet as a basic idea or they let you completely choose/draw their design?
A: I always like to ask clients if they have any reference pictures from the internet that I could use as an example of style or subject matter. Sometimes I get really lucky and get clients who let me have free range on design (which is awesome that they trust me so much!)

Q: What if someone came to your studio and tell you that they want the same design that they saw in your portfolio? Would you re-do the same design? Or you will kinda hesitate but convince them to add something unique in their design? :)) You have really cool designs in your portfolio, so I think this could happen, so I'm asking you. :))
A: Thank you! Not at all, each design I do is specific for a client. I'd use it as a reference to do something similar but different for the client.

Q: Where are you located now? Do you also work as a guest artist in some studios?
A: I'm currently located at the Painted Lady tattoo studio in South Brisbane until I am able to open my own private studio.
I haven't yet, but I would love to in the future! (Around Australia and the world!)

- What's the procedure of getting an appointment?
Either Facebook pm my page (Night Ink) or email me at and I'll reply as soon as possible.

Q: You're also an award winning artist. Congratulations! How much the awards mean to you? Would you say that it's kinda a career fulfillment and something that push you forward in life?
A: Thank you! While the awards are for fine art and not tattoo art, they still mean a lot to me as they remind me how far I've come as an artist and how much learning I still have in my artistic career. I am definitely aiming to get an award for tattooing in the feature.

Q: What would you say to a beginner?
A: I would say never ever doubt yourself, try every style, because your niche might be completely unexpected (like mine was) and never ever give up! No matter who puts your work down or treats you wrongly in this business, keep pushing for your dreams!

Ms.Stacey Nightingale, Thanks so much for the interview.
All my best,
Iva Kancheska