Brooke is a new artist in every sense of the word. She redefines what a tattoo artist might look like. Not to say that there is such a thing as a certain “tattoo artist look” since we’re all unique, and proudly carry our own style and character; however, Brooke redefines many things.
Our 20 year old apprentice got involved in art at the tender age of 3 when she started doodling. This may be so for many of us, but what separates Brooke from others is when, at the at of 16, she took doodling to the next level and started working part time at a tattoo parlor in order to study from other artists.
She was trained at doing piercings by the age of 18, but after realizing that her true passion was in drawing and expressing herself via permanent art, Brooke changed paths to become a tattoo artist. Now, Brooke has been under our wing for just over a year, and we’re proud to see her grow into a very capable tattoo artist.
Brooke can be unassuming. The 5”1, quiet, attractive and very focused artist often agonizes over producing the most amazing work – a trait that is often attached to perfectionists. With over 20 tattoos under her belt and extensive training on safety and cleanliness handling, it’s very easy to forget that Brooke is still an apprentice. That label will soon be removed, however, as Brooke looks to move away from the simpler script and lettering tattoos to inventing her own tattoo style.
Neo Traditional Tattoos
Brooke is most interested in pursuing neo-traditional tattoos (neo means new in Latin). The dictionary would define it as “A re-adoption or revival of traditional styles, values, practices, etc.”, while we see it as taking the traditional old-style tattoo art that has been around for over a hundred years (think American and sailors) and fusing it with new concepts.
Neo-traditional tattoos are still traditional in essence, but what separates them from old-school traditional tattoos is moving away from thick, broad lines, and instead, delve more into realism. Additionally, they may take the traditional subject of a skull head, for example, draw it in a similar traditional fashion, but then add flowers, colors and smoother lines to the tattoo, making it a neo-traditional tattoo as it blends multiple styles together.
It’s no surprise that Brooke is most drawn to this tattoo style because she embodies new tradition, and we couldn’t be more excited to see her grow further in her artist’s journey. Check out some of her work below and stop by our tattoo parlor and art gallery to meet her. We proudly feature some of her work on our tattoo shop walls.
For tips on how to maintain your neo-traditional or any other tattoos, check out our healing instructions page here