Meet Five Female Tattoo Artists Transforming the Industry

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…one stick and poke at a time

“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.

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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?”

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.