Kamila Dabrowska: I’ve always been into art. Prior to tattooing I was a graphic designer and I got my first tattoo when I was 16. I was doing design, working from home, so it wasn’t a 9-to-5 and I had more time to do things I enjoyed. I apprenticed part-time, and then suddenly I was laid off from my design gig, which was finally my excuse to get out of there.
I wasn’t going to quit, and this gave me an opportunity to focus on my tattooing. I’m 31 now, and I’ve been doing this for four and a half years. It’s been a journey.
KD: Neo-traditional color line work. I love color. I’ll do black and white but my strength definitely is in colors. When I first started, I was trying everything to get a fill. Linework was very difficult but I kept telling myself how much I loved it in order to work harder at mastering it.
KD: I did a pear blossom recently that stood out to me because I’ve been trying to work with more color palettes, particularly natural colors and thinner lines. That tattoo was delicate.
KD: I would say more than half of my body is covered. I don’t even know the hours I’ve put in, well into the thousands. I’ve got some sleeves but it would be hard to put a number to it.
KD: Definitely look at different portfolios, give your artist your full trust, and don’t take opinions from other people because that results in a tattoo you won’t be happy with.
KD: Networking. I haven’t done many conventions like this so I’m psyched to meet new artists and trade prints.
KD: I want to travel the country and visit friends to give tattoos. I’m definitely going to paint more flash and try different styles to grow as an artist.