Introducing Megan Fourie, a Junior Artist working out of Ting’s Tattoo Studio with an amazing skill-set in fine lines and soft shading. We get to know more about her career and work as our featured Tattoo Artist.
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Full name: Megan Fourie
Shop: Ting’s Tattoo Studio
Years tattooing: 2 and a half years
Tattoo style: Fine lines and soft shading
Hourly rate: R850
Give us some insight into your journey of becoming a full time Tattoo Artist?
I didn’t know that I wanted to become a tattoo artist. At the time I had just finished studying animation but I wasn’t really sure if that’s what I wanted to go into. I went to get a tattoo done by Ting, of something I had designed, and she asked me if I had ever thought about doing an apprenticeship. That thought stuck with me for a while so I decided to give it a shot. I wanted to apprentice at Ting’s but they already had an apprentice at the time, so I did my apprenticeship at a different studio. I always wanted to work at Ting’s, fortunately I got the opportunity to and I couldn’t be happier here.
What first attracted you to the industry and what does it mean to you now?
I’ve always thought that tattoos were a fascinating form of self expression and a really amazing way to celebrate one’s individuality. Now that I’m a tattoo artist it means so much more to me, I love helping people feel more beautiful and comfortable in their own skin. It’s an amazing feeling.
How would you best explain the vibe of working out of Ting’s Tattoo Studio?
To me the shop feels really homely, it’s a super relaxed and happy vibe. We try our best to accommodate for everyone. We want to create an atmosphere where people don’t feel intimidated, we want it to be memorable because it’s going to be an experience that they carry with them for the rest of their lives.
What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most, and why?
I enjoy fine line and soft shaded tattoos. I enjoy many styles but flowers and foliage related tattoos are my favourite. I think they’re timeless and look beautiful.
How do you like to make sure you keep progressing as an artist?
I think a good way to stay fresh as an artist is to take criticism on the chin and use that to grow your style. It’s important to be willing to learn. There are so many amazing artists out there that it’s really tough not to find inspiration to grow.
What are some of the latest inventions/ technologies that have made the life of a tattoo artist better?
For me the transition from paper to digital has been the biggest change. I’ve found that it has made the design process and communication with clients a lot easier and more efficient. I also think that social media, in recent years, has played a huge part in helping our industry thrive.
In what direction do you see the future of tattoos and tattooing heading?
I think the tattoo industry is going to see a lot more technological integration in the future. I also think that the stigma around tattoos and the artists will fade away just as it has been slowly doing over the past couple of years.
When not working and tattooing, what do you like to do with your free time?
In my free time I like to do traditional as well as digital paintings. I enjoy being with my family and friends. As a stress reliever I enjoy shopping and games.
Which local and international artists do you aspire to?
Locally I aspire to Ting and internationally I’d say I aspire to Hannah Flowers, her work is amazing and it’s where I get a lot of my inspiration from.
If you could guest work in any Tattoo Shop, which would it be?
Honestly, I haven’t thought about guest working at any local shops but I would love to travel and guest internationally.
Where do you see your tattoo career taking you?
I see it giving me more opportunities to hopefully travel in the future and meet other other amazing tattoo artists.
Tattoos by Megan Fourie
Photos by Alexander Wolf Photography.