We met up with artist Amanda Wachob whose abstract, watercolor-like tattoos you may have spotted online. Tattoo ink is her medium and this Brooklyn-based artist is looking for new and innovative ways to bridge the gap between fine art and the art of tattoo. Be sure to check out her Instagram chock full of the most beautiful tattoos you’ve ever seen as well as her gallery featuring her work on canvas, leather and even fruit.
What’s your background?
My background is in photography, and when I left school I had no idea how I was going to make a living with a fine art photography degree. I had a friend that was working in a tattoo shop who gave me the heads up that the owners of his shop were looking to hire an apprenctice. I was intrigued and excited by the possibility of trying a new art form so I went in and spoke with them and left with an apprenticeship. As soon as I started working at the shop, I became completely infatuated with everything Tattoo. That feeling has never gone away; it’s still my love and passion.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I’m excited and inspired by all of the unexplored possibilities within the tattoo medium. There are so many ways in which it hasn’t been examined from a conceptual, technological, or experimental standpoint. I don’t ever feel like I’m going to run out of ideas and I really want to push the medium in new and innovative directions.
Who are some of the artists you admire?
Tara Sinn, Mary Ellen Carroll, Florian Meisenberg, Manfred Mohr…there are so many.
What’s your typical day like?
Meditate, stretch, music, emails, studio studio studio, dinner/hang with friends, and then back home to do more work, reading and research.
What are some of you favorite spots in Brooklyn?
I love being down by the water in DUMBO, love the little restaurant Okonomi, and there is nothing like Coney Island!
What’s the most interesting or memorable tattoo you’ve ever given someone?
I launched a tattoo/technology project called Skin Data at the New Museum this year. Over a period of six weeks, I worked with neuroscientist Maxwell Bertolero to help me collect information from my equipment while I tattooed 12 of the museum’s members. We recorded the amount of time that the tattoo took and the varying voltage of my tattoo machines while I tattooed each person. We took all of the numerical information, coded it and turned those numbers into colors so that I had a visual representation of what the time and voltage of everyone’s tattoo looked like. I wanted to capture some of the hidden information that occurs during the tattoo process and present an entirely new way of looking at a tattoo.
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Steel sharpens steel.
Photography by Alysha Rainwaters