Women in Tattooing Spotlight – Krissy

John Dietrich

Krissy: Lucky Dog Tattoo

If you visit Lucky Dog Tattoos at 392 College St. in Toronto, you’ll find a few extremely talented female tattoo artists. One of these lovely ladies is Krissy. Krissy has been tattooing in the Toronto area for seven years, and has mad skills in several different tattooing styles. She can do watercolor pieces, realist portraits, geometric images – you name it!

She has a personal preference for inking full color tattoos – she’s happy to add a splash of color to any style of ink you could want. She’s done killer cover up tattoo as well, so your options are limitless when get inked by this woman.

We wanted to know how Krissy got from her humble beginnings to becoming one of the most talented female tattoo artists in Toronto. This is what she said.

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?

In more recent years, I have found that it is definitely more acceptable. There are still a few people who make comments, some could be considered ‘slut shaming’ depending on the placement of the tattoo. For example, the classic tramp stamp, or the stern tattoo, or the lettering under the ass is usually is viewed with sex appeal.

Being a women with tattoos, and in the industry, I have had some inappropriate comments or actions from clients. I have had some cop a feel, or continuously hit on me with their cheap lines, but nothing that I couldn’t deal with.

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

There is definitely a stigma around people with tattoos, especially women with a good [number] of tattoos. In recent years, as I said earlier, it has definitely become more accepted, but there are still plenty of people who will give dirty looks, or make inappropriate or rude comments – some sexual comments.

I am often labeled as a person who loves pain, or asked if I’m a sadist or a junky, which is not the case. For me, and many of my clients, it is almost therapeutic – similar to meditation. I have never touched any hard drugs, and I am a far cry from an alcoholic. Granted, these mental disabilities affect people with tattoos as much as they affect people without any.

Tattoos don’t change the soul, they only make our skin colourful and remind us of the things we love.

Q: What has your experience been in becoming successful in a what has traditionally been a male-dominated field?

I have been tattooing for 7 years now. It has definitely been a long journey to get to where I am today, and I have plenty more growing to do.

I have lost relationships with lovers and friends to be able to do what I love, and as horrible as it sounds, every step in this amazing journey is worth it.

I did the transitional year apprenticeship under a female artist. Once I finished my apprenticeship and started tattooing customers, I noticed that in the earlier years…most men were uncomfortable with a female tattoo artist. I had people turn down me tattooing [them] simply because I was a female artist and ‘I couldn’t be as good as a male artist’. As time went on, it became more acceptable to be a female artist.

Krissy’s experience becoming a successful tattoo artist just goes to show that, even as recently as 7 years ago, women had to fight to be respected. She’s more than earned her spot at the top! Check out more of Krissy’s amazing work on her Instagram, @krissyink23.

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