She may be fairly new to the trade but her work speaks volumes, introducing Tarryn Faye Brummage as our featured Tattoo Artist. Get to know her and her work below.
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Full name: Tarryn Faye Brummage
Shop: Ting’s Tattoo Studio
Years tattooing: 2 Years
Tattoo style: Realism and Neo-Traditional
Hourly rate: R950
Tell us your story of how you became a tattoo artist?
At the moment I’m working by appointment only and am not exactly a full time artist. I was never actually interested in tattoos until I reached the age of about 17, but when the passion sparked I was very eager to jump into the industry. I started my apprenticeship while I was studying a degree in graphic design and illustration. It was tough but I successfully finished both my apprenticeship and my degree.
What first sparked your interest and passion for the industry?
One of my closest friends got into the industry before me and I got to see all the new things she was learning with her art and how tattooing is just another medium for an artist. She inspired me to get an apprenticeship, to grow my art and even to start tattooing.
What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most and why?
I have a very strong passion for realism as it’s something I’ve always specialised in with drawing and painting, and I strive to create the most realistic tattoos that there is. I find it a challenge to create something so life-like and I love the challenge.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration sometimes from other artists and sometimes inspiration just hits me like a train, out of nowhere. So sometimes I go out looking for inspiration from other people and other times it finds me, showing me the small things in life, like a flower or even a crack in the ground which causes a wave of desire to create something. It’s very erratic and unpredictable.
If not tattooing, then what?
I’ll always have my art. No matter what. Drawing, painting, sketching, doodling, sculpting, and crafting. Anything creative will go.
Where do you see your tattooing career taking you?
I see tattooing teaching me a lot. Teaching me patience, how to grow my creativity, how to let go of things as well as how to manage my time and energy. I see it taking me far, being recognised by my work and maybe even being sponsored by a tattoo company or even being asked to guest at a well-known studio overseas.
How do you like to make sure you keep progressing as an artist?
Someone told me once that once you’re happy and content with your work, that’s when you stop growing. So I make sure I can see how I can do things differently and better next time. I’m always asking other artists for their view of things, their advice and I’m always watching videos and seminars on how to draw or tattoo better. I’m hungry for knowledge on the trade and of art in general.
What does a day in your life usually consist of?
I’ll drink my morning cup of coffee if I’m not tattooing, and if I am, I’ll usually switch it up for tea or hot chocolate. Then whether I’m tattooing or not, I’m working on some artwork, sketch or painting. I’m also always designing tattoos for clients, or pieces that are available to be tattooed. I then go to sleep way too early or way too late, depends on how much I’m drawing really.
With the progression of the tattoo trade over recent years, where do you see it going in the near future?
Well, I do plan to one day open my own private studio. I also see the industry creating more freelance tattoo artists that aren’t only tattooing from one studio, but are taking guest spots around the country.
What advice do you have for anyone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Start off with something small that can easily be added onto. Then you aren’t committing to a whole arm piece but can add on if you decide otherwise. Rather get something sentimental, so that if one day you don’t like the design, it at least has meaning to you.
For anyone wanting to book an appointment with you, what’s the next step?
You can find me on Instagram @tarryn.art (I answer fairly quickly and I am consistent with responding) or you can email me at email@example.com.
Tattoos by Tarryn Faye Brummage
Photos by Alexander Wolf Photography.