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Check Out Anna Williams’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Williams.

Hi Anna, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember. I knew by the time I was a teenager, it was something I wanted to pursue and, if possible, make into my career. I went to Pratt Institute and studied illustration. A few months after graduating, my very close friend Angie (curly.medusa) and her former shop-mate, Rylee (Rylee.sky) started their own tattoo studio in Ridgewood, Queens, and Cerberus Studio was born. I had always wanted to be a tattoo artist. She brought me on and taught me everything she knows with such kindness and grace. I wouldn’t be where I am and possibly wouldn’t be tattooing if it weren’t for her. She gave me what truly feels like the gift that is this knowledge. In June 2020, I took a leap of faith and moved in the pandemic from Brooklyn to LA sight-unseen to work at my current shop, Supersweet. I have hit the ground running and found an incredible group of clients, co-workers and friends.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Mostly I have gratitude for my journey, and I don’t see where I am as an arrival point or a final destination. “Struggles along the way” feels like another way of describing life. It’s incredibly hard to be human. I have an amazing network of people in my life who I feel loved by. Seems like the road will continue to be smooth and bumpy, but I’ve done a good job of bracing myself.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a tattoo artist. My work is very reflective of the types of things I have always loved illustrating. Some running themes on my flash sheets or in my sketchbook seem to be victorian medical tools, rabbits, and crying women. I would say I’m known for dark, black line work. I am most proud of this Art Deco style piece I did of a woman and a greyhound dog and a massive circle, which are notoriously hard to do perfectly and I got pretty damn close to perfect. I think what sets me apart from other tattoo artists isn’t necessarily my tattooing itself but my designs. They feel very “me.” There is something I call “the look.” It’s after the tattoo is all finished and I walk my client over to the mirror and they see their tattoo for the first time. That first look is nothing short of magic. Sometimes there are tears, but there is always a little sparkle. I’ll never forget overhearing a client seeing her tattoo for the first time and saying, “I feel like I’m finally in my own skin.” I love that I can give that to people.

What does success mean to you?
Doing something your 15 years old self would be proud of.

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