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INKED UP: ANNE MARIE MIFSUD

Tags:   Tattoos,   Creative women,   Art,   Career

By Mila Camilleri   -  February 06, 2015


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SWAG is happy to have caught up with the ANNE MARIE MIFSUD, owner of Tattooshe Studio in Birkirkara. The first woman to feature in our Inked Up series, SWAG found out what it's been like for her to become part of a (so far) mainly male-dominated industry and how she got into the business.

 

 

How long have you been tattooing?

 

It's been about three years. I always wanted a job that would allow me to express my artistic side, so to start this venture I went to the UK and underwent training for three months. I then came back to Malta and opened my own tattoo studio in 2012. I’ve been tattooing ever since.

 

 

Being a woman in a mainly male-dominated industry, did you encounter any hurdles along the way?

 

I'm glad to say that I haven't. I don't really take this into consideration, I'm more focused on expressing my art.

 

 

Are there any artists or tattooists that have influenced you?

 

Yes many of them, but to list a few I would say: Jeff Gogue and Teresa Sharpe, mainly for their tattooing style, blending techniques, contrast features and their use of bright unique colours.

 

 

Do you have a style of tattoo that you prefer to do?

 

I enjoy doing all styles, but I mostly like colour work, black and grey, dot work, Japanese and cover-ups.

 

 

What was the first tattoo you ever did?

 

The first tattoo I did was a small flower with colour at the age of 26, when I was doing my apprenticeship in the UK, but since then my style has changed drastically.

 

 

What did your family and friends think about you getting into the tattoo business?

 

Actually, the support and encouragement of a close friend of mine made me go into this business, while my family did not show any particular support.

 

 

Are you interested in other forms of art?

 

Yes very much so, I paint mostly on canvas using acrylic, I also do portraits and sketching.

 

 

When did you open your studio and what has the experience been like?

 

I officially opened Tattooshe Studio in 2013 and I am now a full-time tattooist. I like working in my studio and it keeps me very busy but happy.

 

 

What would you say is your favourite part of the job?

 

The best part is actually seeing the final tattoo and getting feedback from my customers.

 

 

If you weren’t a tattooist, what do you think you’d be doing?

 

I think I would still be an artist but in a gallery.

 

 

What would you recommend to someone wishing to get into the tattoo industry?

 

I would encourage anyone wishing to do so but I would say be prepared to take this business seriously and to work hard. 




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