Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Caryl started out as a painting and sculpture major at art school. As a tattoo artist, she specializes in realistic style and watercolour tattoos. We interviewed Caryl to find out more about her experience as a woman in the tattoo industry.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a tattoo artist?
My favorite part of being a tattoo artist is that I am able to create a unique, special tattoo for my clients. That I get to know people in a unique way, rather than just a passing surface conversation. And that I am able to make a living as an artist.
Q: What are challenges that you’ve encountered as a woman in the tattoo industry?
In the beginning, you’re totally discounted. A lot of people think a woman can’t tattoo or tattoo as well. There is certainly misogyny, as with any male-dominated business. But that never really bothered me. I just kept doing my thing and getting better over time. There are many clients who prefer to be tattooed by a woman.
Q: What are your strengths as a tattoo artist?
My strengths are use of color and composition, attention to detail, and patience. Also, I want my clients’ tattoo experience to be positive and fun.
Q: What’s your funniest experience tattooing a client?
Most of the tattoo appointments are filled with laughter and fun stories.
Caryl has a long history of working as a professional artist, and it was only in the later part of her career that she transitioned to tattooing. Despite her late entry, she still faced struggles in the process of integrating. But, she followed her passion and focused on improving her work, leading to her current success. Check out more of Caryl’s tattoo art here, @carylcunningham