Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Cojocari.
Anna, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
After studying fine art and architecture, I moved from Moldova to Atlantic City, NJ to be close to the ocean. I soon realized that Atlantic City was not the beach town I imagined; I thought about heading to California. I spent most of my money on the plane ticket to LA, so I got here with almost nothing and no idea where to begin. I spent months with my portfolio of paintings and drawings walking around the city from shop to shop, living off Chinese take-out.
I visited over a dozen tattoo studios where I was told that I didn’t have enough tattoos on my own body to be serious about tattooing. Only a few artists even took the time to look at my body of work. Finally, a guy who was managing a well-known shop reached out. (To ask me out.) He didn’t get a date, but I was able to get an apprenticeship when he got me in front of the shop’s owner. I was at that shop for a while before starting at The Warren in summer 2017. I love The Warren family, and it’s been an amazing experience to be a part of such a nice and strong shop.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
For me, tattoos are deeply meaningful–they bring life to memory through art. Tattoos distill the people, the places, and the experience of life into an image we carry for the rest of our journey. My clients bring inspiration and their deepest emotions to me, and I craft an image that captures that rage, joy, or quiet reflection on a loss. Tattoos contextualize their physical bodies with their unique experience of life. I’m inspired by the world around me, from the movement of a tropical fish to the shadows on a sculpture to the lines of certain fashion designers. I like to juxtapose styles wherever possible, such as line work with floral images or photorealism with geometric shapes.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Right now, social media is making it much easier for artists to actually work as artists. Whether they’re making furniture or printing their work on shirts and phone cases for sale on Etsy, artists really have an incredible opportunity to reach people globally in a way that was impossible ten years ago. Life for artists has become much easier, so long as they have something original to show the world. I think Los Angeles is already a very art-friendly city and I think other cities should emulate LA’s example.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can see my latest work on Instagram at Annatat_md or on warrentattoo.com. Like me on Instagram!
- Address: Warren Tattoo studio
8776 w Sunset boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
- Website: Thewarrentattoo.com
- Phone: 3106593502
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Annatat_md