The story of Meg
Being a tattoo apprentice is no easy task. While you’re trying to start your career, most people will ask to see a portfolio, which you do not necessarily have! This is why having a good mentor is key to becoming a good tattoo artist. I had the chance to meet with Meg, a 21 years old tattoo apprentice in Montreal at studio Tattoo Abyss, in Griffintown.
Who is Meg?
Meg is a 21 years old tattoo apprentice from the North shore of Montreal but moved last year on the island to pursue her tattooing career. She’s been part of Tattoo Abyss for 8 months now. Graduated in 2020 from College Lionel-Groulx in visual arts, Meg is going back to school in graphism.
What pushed her to become a tattoo artist?
When she was about 14 years old, Meg lived at her dad’s place. It is when a tattooist came to their place with all of his equipment to tattoo her dad that she discovered the process of tattooing. Meg fell in love with the whole procedure instantly and knew she would be a tattooist one day. It was only during the pandemic that she decided to take that leap of fate on herself and took a class with an artist in St-Jérôme to become a tattooist.
Did she have any background in arts before starting to tattoo?
Being an eternal nerd, Meg has been drawing since she was very young. She used to draw film and video game characters but in her style. That’s when she started to be invested in the art. She did some research on different drawing styles, different pencils and paints, and truly about everything touching drawing. Even though she could see her evolution through the years, it is when she got in Cégep that she discovered herself. Her classes in arts changed her and her style to make her how she is today.
When did she start to tattoo?
She did her first tattoo last year during the pandemic!
What style of tattoo does she do?
Her style is inspired by traditional with bold large lines. To see more of her tattoos, you can visit Meg’s Instagram here!
What type of projects would she like to do more often?
She would love to do more projects related to popular cultures like movies, series, books, video games, and more!
What inspires her during the process of a tattoo?
While creating a tattoo, Meg already takes inspiration from the popular culture. She also follows tons of traditional artists on social media and gets inspired by them. She loves seeing the different styles of traditional arts possible and likes to create in that style.
What was her first project?
Her first project was a trio of nails in traditional style.
What’s her latest project?
Meg’s latest project was a traditional lighter that she tattooed on the side of a knee.
What was her favorite project she did?
Her favorite project was also the one where she had the most challenge. It was a big Alien from the movie ‘’Alien’’ on the forearm. It was hard to complete since it is not an easy character and is dark. She had to work on the drawing a lot to know where the shades would be and how to let the light through so it wouldn’t be just a black mass on her client’s arm. She also used a new shading technique that she never used before which added to her stress. The result is beautiful and she’s really happy about that project.
If you are interested in a booking with Meg, you can visit our website and book an appointment with her!