There’s something darkly beautiful about neo-traditional ladies. Maybe it’s the shading or that enigmatic stare that so often crosses their faces, but something about them is absolutely stunning — it’s no wonder why they’re one of the most popular lady head styles around.
Tattooing since 2003, Rose’s work is largely defined by feminine undertones. Using muted color palettes and impeccable line work, she creates beautiful renditions of free spirited women. Always taking care to connect her girls to the earth in some way, Rose’s ladies are usually portrayed with some sort of flora or fauna. While stencils are a regular part of her process, she has been known to freehand every once in a blue moon, an incredible feat given the amount of detail she puts into each lady. In recent years her neo-traditional lady heads have become so popular, that she’s recently decided to release a limited edition sketch book aptly entitled Girls Girls Girls, whose release date has yet to be set.
In an interview with Th-Ink, Rose says that although her initial introduction to the tattoo community wasn’t quite as welcoming as she had hoped, she believes that now more than ever, female artists are the stars of the industry. “We live in a patriarchal world that still subjugates women and uses them as a commodity. So we face these challenges in our daily lives in all fields,” she says. “So in all actuality, I would argue that the tattoo industry may offer more benefits to women, mainly the fact that I make the same amount of money as my male co-workers.”