“Tattooing is an ancient feminine art," says Ash Glynn, founder of Soul Tattoos, citing the ancient Egyptian priestesses who were among the first tattoo artists. She explains, "It only became masculine in our modern age.”
It might feel strange to think of tattooing as being gendered, because so many women have tattoos. Yet parlors are often intimidating, male-dominated spaces, which can make getting a first tattoo an uncomfortable experience for lots of women. Of course, not all tattoo shops—or the men in them—are terrifying, but when it comes to putting permanent art on your skin, it’s important to feel control over your own body and be unafraid to express exactly what you want. And this is something that can be easier to feel with a woman tattoo artist—specifically, one of the following five, whose work we adore and who are overturning tattoo stereotypes with their art-focused, delicate designs, raw talent, and desire to create a welcoming environment for their clients.
Learn more about them, below.
Rosa Perr @bluestonebabe
After attending art school, New Yorker Rosa Perr spontaneously started tattooing while on a California road trip, and years later she still doesn’t work out of a parlor or even a storefront, preferring a more intimate environment. Perr is a self-proclaimed feminist tattoo artist, known for her tiny, delicate stick and poke designs, lovingly tattooed in the comfort of her Park Slope apartment. “It’s a vulnerable thing to be getting this thing on you forever…” she says. “Why shouldn’t your tattoo experience be warm and comfortable, where you feel connected to the person giving you a tattoo?”