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Questioning Traditional Tattoo Culture: Interview with Rita Salt

Questioning Traditional Tattoo Culture: Interview with Rita Salt

Tattoo Artists6 min Read

In this interview with Rita Salt, she talks about the importance of perspective, perseverance, and a supportive tattoo community.

You may or may not have seen her work but I'm sure once you've been introduced to it, you'll immediately have an opinion. Rita Salt is a well known self-taught tattooist who has been very vocal about the exclusivity of tattoo culture and community. Her aesthetic, as well as others who have followed suit, has been touted as illustrative, sketch, scratch, ignorant and more...Though the style may not resonate with everyone, it is clear that the power of her work is based firmly within the authenticity that her tattoos emote. There are aspects of empowerment, personal freedom, and transformative surreal magic that live within Rita Salt's pieces. The people who get these tattoos, and the people who give them, are looking for an alternative to traditional tattoo culture, and they are finding it by actively creating it themselves. 

First, the boring questions that everyone always wants us to ask/know. What is your artistic background? How did you get into tattooing?

What was your experience like at Pratt Institute? How do you feel about art education? Is the student debt worth it?

Your style is super specific and immediately recognizable as your own. Can you tell us a little bit about what inspires you and how you became to work in the style that you do? What artists, tattooers or not, do you love?

As a well-known self-taught tattooers, I would love it if you could speak on what that experience was like...how has being female bodied, and self taught informed your experience?

Your website “about” section states that you also are a sculptor, director, animator, installation artist, painter, and very part time poet. How do your other mediums interact with each other or support each other? Also, how the heck do you find time to do all that you do, and what keeps you motivated?

What do you do when you’re not tattooing? What is your favorite place on the planet?


Justine Morrow
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