A platform dedicated to the visibility and support of women artists, Female Tattooers was started by Deidre Grieves in hopes of creating a space that upholds connectivity and positivity. “I’ll be the first to admit that my knowledge about tattooing is limited and I certainly don’t claim to be any sort of expert. But I do believe in building relationships, asking questions, and telling stories. And that’s what I intend to do here.”
Regardless of Deidre’s background in tattooing, her goal for Female Tattooers is about celebrating women who are doing great things within the industry and she’s doing an awesome job of spotting those who are truly making a difference. “...our mission is to highlight the art and the incredible women who are changing the perception of what it means to be tattoo artists...more women are opening up shops, supporting one another, and...using their platforms to speak up against sexual harassment and violence, help survivors of cancer and self-harm, and create safe spaces for LGBTQ and minority clients. And we’re here to report on all of it.”
Deidre has many tattooists who she's created a profile for on her site specifically in hopes of representing an option for people who are seeking, perhaps, a safe space. Hannah Flowers, a Tattoodo Ambassador, is one of these awesome artists. In a recent interview Hannah stated, “I do love empowering women. I’m a strong believer in feminism and although I don’t go out of my way to make any political statements with my art I think it comes across that I believe in powerful women.” It’s a comfort to know that many ladies in the tattoo industry are very intentional about their outreach, their care, and their compassion towards others. Because it’s not only their artwork people want, it’s also a welcoming experience with someone they can trust.
Female Tattooers also promotes another Tattoodo Ambassador, Megan Massacre, owner of Grit n Glory, as well as resident tattooist Alisha Gory. These two stand out representatives of the industry are known not only for their bombshell looks and incredible artistic talents, but for their philanthropy as well. In an interview with Elvia Iannaccone Gezlev in the book Ladies of Tattooing II, Alisha talks about her advice for other women in tattooing, “I think it is very important to stand up for yourself. Do not let people with power take anything away from you. Remember to have your eyes on the prize and keep moving forward. Don’t let others negative opinions sway your beliefs and ideals. Don’t give a damn about what other people think—but also listen carefully to those who are more experienced and learn from them. Express yourself and be you and do you—but do it with respect. Also, lastly, always stay humble and continue to grow!” It’s this positive mental attitude that shines through both Alisha and Megan, not only through their fantastic aesthetics and tattooing styles, but through their social media presence as well: they firmly believe in helping others.
Of course, the main purpose of a platform like Female Tattooers is to encourage diversity and representation; Deidre makes sure to reach out to those who can really speak on this from a wholly different perspective. In an interview with Kandace Layne they spoke about Kandace’s Muslim upbringing, as well as the artistic influence she gained from her parents, and how this fuses with her tattoos. “I grew up doing henna on my friends or watching my mom do it, so it felt right to head in that direction,” says Layne. “It reminds me of a lot of happy times as a kid where I felt grown up and glamorous when my mom would do my henna for me.” She also spoke on how the tattoo industry is finally opening up and becoming a more welcoming place for all. “I am so excited to see there are a lot more black tattooers and a lot more black people getting tattooed,” she says. “It is beautiful to me.”
Female Tattooers also spoke to Esther Garcia about her continuing education courses and workshops that are open to everyone who wants to know more about particular practices and philosophies within the industry. “The workshops and classes for tattoo artists are really exciting to me,” says Garcia. “I would’ve given actual body parts to have access to something like this earlier in my career, and so it’s well worth trying to overcome my social awkwardness and my discomfort speaking in front of groups...The sense of community that comes from these blows me away and really reinforces the need to share information, especially with younger tattooers.”
Not only hosting awesome profiles for ease of booking and contacting purposes, Female Tattooers does tons of interviews, like with cattooer Iris Lys and Hannah Pixie Snowdon. The platform also covers a lot of events and news within the industry including the Mega Babe Booth of Musink Fest, history lessons with Shanghai Kate, and birthday surprises with Kelly Doty, who recently had a visit from ultra babe Steve Buscemi. There’s even a space on the site for tattoo inspiration, all coming from the best ladies of the biz.
To support Female Tattooers, check out the site! As Deidre puts it herself, “Female Tattooers will only be successful with the support and participation of women in the tattoo industry. We hope you’ll get behind the brand, participate in interviews, submit your work to be featured, and let us know what issues and stories YOU want to share.”