Inkerviews features the work of tattoo artists and collectors, as well as fine artists, in a series of interviews. With an exciting lineup already in place and endless more to come, I hope you will check back often to read about these incredible people and enjoy their visually stunning talents.
I was lucky enough to meet the beautiful Tasha Reeder many years ago online, and though we live thousands of miles apart, I feel like she's been a longtime friend. If you keep up on gorgeous tattooed beauties who are smart as a whip too boot, then you probably know who Tasha is too.
Not only is she well-known and respected in the tattoo world, she's also a myspace legend; being one of the first people to ever sign up on the site. I mean, like, the 16,000th user (or somewhere around there). I have always loved how her pretty face pops into a missing spot on my top friends list if someone disappears, because she's just so OG in myspace-land.
I have long admired Tasha's keen awareness of the industry and her careful discernment when choosing which artists will add artwork to her skin. The vivid and colorful pieces that decorate her skin fit her personality and vivaciousness so perfectly. Her collection is just FULL of outstanding art, from some of the most sought-after tattooists in the world. Ink masterpieces that are definitely to be envied and admired.
Tasha is not only dedicated to tattoos, but also to her husband Jason, and to her family. She is loyal to the core and one of the smartest (and sweetest) women I know. She also cares deeply about the tattoo industry and seeing to it that positive aspects and education are constantly instilled into those she comes in contact with.
It was fun talking to Tasha for this Inkerview and I hope you can catch a glimpse of her fantastic-ness in this feature, while also soaking up her magnificent ink collection.
Oh, and did I mention that she is an amazing baker too?
Come on now...how great does it get?
How old were you when you got your first tattoo? What intrigued you about owning that first piece of ink?
Well, I was 19 when I got my first tattoo, which was my chest piece. My father has a heart with my mother's name in it on one arm, and on the other he has hearts to represent my siblings and I. I just thought that it was really awesome that my dad had done that, and how he was going to have that on him forever.
So I started to think about what I really wanted, what really meant a lot to me, and checked out local artists until I found someone's work I really loved. Which I did, and I'm really proud of that first tattoo. It's an absolute reflection of my view on life, love, and of myself. I have always worn my heart on my sleeve. And I am not afraid to let you know how I really am feeling. It's just the perfect tattoo. I love it.
What do you do for a living and how do your co-workers feel about your tattoos?
I take care of my husband of course, and help with anything he needs: his appointments, you name it. And a few days a week I work at Books A Million. I am the most tattooed person at work, but no one treats me any different. Everyone has been really great about it. Asking all sorts of questions, which I like. I've gotten very few negative looks, comments, etc. Which doesn't phase me at all when that does happen. So it's all good!
Can you give us a brief rundown of your amazing tattoo collection?
- Chest piece by Michelle Gallo.
- My arms by Brandon Bond, Sean Herman, Marcus Lund, and Michelle Gallo.
- My face done by Short.
- My hand by Bryan Reynolds.
- My knuckles by Bird.
- My feet my Thomas Kenney.
- Various pieces on my legs by Jason Reeder, Sean Herman, Chris Vennekamp, Taylor Cort, Thomas Kersnowski, Dave Tedder, CJ Harper, Bryan Reynolds, Short, Bird, Marcus Lund, and Billy Toler.
All of the ink you wear fits you so well. How do you go about choosing your pieces and designs?
I usually have little random ideas, just like everyone else; as well as the ones that I really want, that mean something to me. Either way, I usually talk with my husband (who is a tattoo artist) and we fine tune the ideas, talk with whomever is doing the tattoo, get their input, and just go from there.
I am very lucky to have such great people in my life who are also such amazing artists and who want to tattoo me, resulting in some beautiful work. Woo hoo!
You are quickly running out of room (skin-wise). Do you find yourself becoming more discerning nowadays before starting a new piece?
Not at all, I actually want to get tattooed more and more as I'm running out of room. I want to see the finished product already!
What are some projects that you have planned for the future, and with which artists will those be with?
I'm really stoked on Jeff Ensminger doing my entire neck/throat/chin sometime this Spring. I'm also getting Les Collier to do a mixer on my thigh. And who knows what else the future holds!
Hopefully some more work from Jason Reeder, Sean Herman, Bryan Reynolds, and many more amazing artists.
What are your feelings about the tattoo industry nowadays and where do you see it heading next?
I absolutely love this industry. It has been great seeing people evolve into amazing tattoo artists, style changes, new and better products, color theory being taken to the next level. People these days are blown away by how far tattooing has advanced; tattoos that look like stickers on your skin, or as real as a picture, or even better than the real thing. It really is awesome.
I can't wait to see how tattooing changes in the next few years. I must say that Jason and I eat, sleep, and breathe this industry. It is our life, and it is something that means a lot not only to us, but A LOT of people. It is our livelihood and it's sad to see that basically anywhere you go, there are tons of people who THINK they are tattoo artists, and are actually performing tattoos on people. All without the proper knowledge.
The general public has no idea how hard this industry is, how tough it is to keep your head above water. All they see is it being glamorized on television. It really pisses me off to hear that people are offering classes on learning how to tattoo in 10 weeks, or 15 year-olds being able to buy tattoo machines from the internet. All of them with this rock star/douche bag attitude; thinking they're going to make tons of money and get laid 24/7.
Whatever happened to the good old-fashioned working your ass off and earning your right to a tattoo apprenticeship? These people are doing nothing but making it harder on the people who actually pour their heart and soul into tattooing, and who gives a shit about what goes on and how this industry is perceived.
I am all about people following their dreams as long as they do it the right way.
I know you love to bake. What other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My most favorite thing EVER is to be with my love, Jason. He is such a great man, and just makes me feel like the most loved person in the world. Aside from that, I love to read, watch movies, and anytime we can travel is awesome, especially when we are able to see family and friends.
As strange as it may sound, I really like to clean as well. And of course BAKE! It really is my passion! I recently started a baking blog. It is extremely new, and in the beginning stages. So please check it out, and bake some good stuff!
What one word best describes you?
What's your favorite sweet treat?
Cheesecake! Not only can I bake a mean one, I also like to indulge in a slice (or two). Hey, who doesn't?!
*Be sure to visit Tasha's blog and bake lots of yummy stuff.
Last updated on February 8, 2010 by Jinxi Boo