Guen Douglas is known for her richly colored portraits that drip with Art Nouveau details and a romantic, but humorous, sensibility that enthralls her audience and clientele. From her funny babe buns that come encased in cute hearts, to her ethereal and dreamy Art Deco goddesses, pet portraits and hands holding goblets of wine or flowers, Guen is known for her tattoos that seamlessly merge Traditional, Japanese, and some realist elements.
How did you start tattooing, what was your first tattoo, and why do you think you were attracted to the art form?
Currently, you tattoo out of Taiko Gallery with Wendy Pham. What brought you to Berlin? What is the tattoo culture like there?
You recently posted a tattoo you did of a Bosch piece which was really different than what you normally do. What do you wish you tattooed more of? Less of?
You’re often involved in collabs, like the labels you designed for the Thomas Henry bottles, as well as supporting other artists and friends in their endeavors as well. Why do you feel this is an important aspect to your work? Are there any dream collabs you have in mind?
A lot of your tattoos are portraits of people; each one seems to have its own personality and story. What is the process behind creating these tattoos? What do you hope your portfolio conveys to the tattoo community and your audience?
Beyond tattooing, what are you most passionate about? If you weren’t a tattooer what would you be doing?