Indigo: Owner & Solo Artist at Slow Poke Tattoos
Indigo has only herself to credit for her success as a tattoo artist, and she’s proud of it! She’s a 100% self-taught tattooist, with an extensive background in the arts. She has a passion for tattooing that blossomed into her own business, where she happily “pokes” people for a living. Her private studio, Slow Poke Tattoos, is located in Oakville, Ontario.
Aside from her passion for the art of tattooing, she spends free time with her pets, and she’s a self-confessed, avid sloth-enthusiast. We asked Indigo about her experience becoming self-taught, self-made tattoo artist.
Q: As a woman with tattoos or a woman in the tattoo industry, have you found that you (or any of your female clients) have been ‘slut-shamed’ or received negatively because of the fact that they are a woman with a tattoo?
Fortunately enough, I haven’t received any negative comments, or even been slut-shamed for having tattoos, or [for] getting them done. I have heard stories where some women will be called “sluts” for allowing a male tattooer [to] tattoo them, or for having tattoos in general.
I think it’s a little ridiculous that women can never do anything without some person thinking they are entitled enough to question their morals [or] ethics. My body, my choice. No one has the right to take that away, because I am in charge of my own body and what I do with it!
Q: Do you think that there is a general stigma around women having tattoos in the modern day world?
I believe there will always be a stigma around whatever women choose to do with their own bodies. I personally identify as a feminist and I hate seeing women being scrutinized for basically any small thing they do. We should be able to do what we want and not have anyone say anything negative.
Women are usually seen as dainty, delicate, or fragile and, usually, are told that they shouldn’t do “certain things” to their bodies in hopes it doesn’t ruin it. So, I really do think that it is something common amongst all women.
Q: What has your experience been in becoming successful in a what has traditionally been a male-dominated field?
In order to become successful in this male dominated industry you have to be thick skinned. People will tell you to piss off, or that you’re not good enough. A lot of women, as well, are either sexually harassed or talk down to in this industry, and that’s not a fair thing to do. We work just as hard as the next guy.
Personally, I work out of my own private studio! So, I really don’t have to deal with other people’s bullshit.
Indigo is very much a self-made success in the tattoo industry, and if you want to check out more of her amazing work, visit her Instagram @slowpoketattoos.