Women in Tattooing Spotlight – Jen

John Dietrich

Jenny Fur: Owner and Tattoo Artist at Sacred Blue Tattoos

Jen owns and operates Sacred Blue Tattoos, located in Dundas Ontario. She also boasts the title of #1 tattoo artist at the shop – because she’s the only one! She’s skilled in a variety of tattoo styles, which is obvious when you see her portfolio. She can do almost any design and style, but if you ask what her preference is, she’ll tell you she has a soft spot for “bad tattoos”.

She welcomes any and all questions from her clients, whether you’re a newbie with zero knowledge of the art, or well-inked and wanting advice on a new design. Jen takes the time and puts in the effort to make sure that each and every person who visits her tattoo studio feels as comfortable as humanly possible. She’s a consummate professional and a bit of a badass, so we wanted to see what her thoughts are on being a woman in the tattoo industry. She did not disappoint!

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?

I really feel that tattoos are becoming a female thing, even beyond a unisex thing. The majority of my clientele is female, maybe because of the environment I promote, but I think women really like to adorn themselves and/or reclaim their bodies-which is what tattooing, to me, is all about.

I think it was only male-dominated because the world, until recently, has simply leaned that way. The traditional tattoo shop is full of testosterone, from the music to the machismo. As far as being seen differently, I don’t think generations after my parents’ actually feel that way.

Of course, there will be cultural differences in whether women are regarded differently for having tattoos, but I haven’t personally witnessed any shaming. If my grandma were still alive, she may have pointed out that tattoos are for sailors and ‘loose women,’ but she was born in the ’30s, so that’s understandable.

Q: Do you think that there is a general stigma around women having tattoos in the modern day world?

In the workplace a woman is still expected to ‘look presentable’ and have no visible tattoos. She’s also supposed to wear a bra for some damn reason, but the business world is always going be old-fashioned. Women who alter their bodies NOT for the benefit of men’s gaze are scary and not to be trusted, right?

Truth be told, and maybe this is for a different thread, tattoos aren’t cheap, and middle-aged professional women tend to have more money to spend on their appearance than a lot of the population, so whatever stigma attached to ink exists is quickly turning into a status symbol. It’s a personal art collection, and women now can rightfully ignore or even do things to spite old notions about our bodies being untouched and untarnished. Tattoos are liberating, and whatever stigma goes along with them is being subverted to our own ends.

Jen is one of the best examples of female-empowerment in the tattoo industry – an atmosphere that she whole-heartedly promotes in her studio. If you want to check out more of Jen’s amazing work, visit SacredBlueTattoos.com

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