Today we’d like to introduce you to Chanah “ChaCha” Forg.
Chanah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My artistic background is mostly in portraiture and I had always had a special appreciation for tattoos at a young age but never put much thought into taking it on as a career since I didn’t think I had the talent for it. When I was nineteen, starting to get tattooed myself, I met Shae Fitzgerald who found out I was also an artist and asked to see my work. He offered me an apprenticeship which really shocked me because that opportunity had always felt so far out of my league. I was in college so I didn’t commit to the offer at the time, about a year went by and I basically dropped out of college and decided to dive right into tattooing instead. A few months after, Shae connected me with the owner of HB Tattoo and Hermosa Ink, Gerard Collette. Gerard became my mentor and I apprenticed under him for about two and a half years.
Three years out of my apprenticeship, I now get to work with Shae at his own shop, South County Tattoo, which has been really cool for me in the sense that everything really came full circle. Everyday I am thankful for the crew I work with, they make the days better and give a sense of family for me. It’s still awe-inspiring for me to see my artwork out and about, traveling around. To have people like my artwork enough to want it on them for a lifetime is kind of a magical thing.
Has it been a smooth road?
I think it’s safe to say that not a single artists journey into the tattoo industry is a smooth road! I’d say the biggest thing was all of a sudden seeing how hard it was for friends, family or relationships not be able to understand why I had to dedicate all my energy and time into making it through the apprenticeship stage. You kind of jump right into it, everything changes so suddenly and the majority never adjusted to it with me. It’s all part of the process and everyone has to go through that and more.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
There isn’t just one style I’m really into, the top three I really enjoy doing black and gray floral work, geometric dot work or designs inspired from mehndi or henna. I’d say I’m mostly known for all the floral designs I do, especially since my clientele is heavily female. I can’t say what sets me apart from other tattooers, I’m still so new to the industry but I think me being surrounded by the great amount of talent at my shop definitely gives me an advantage on being able to learn much more in a lot of different styles. Versatility was always stressed to me so I’m grateful not only to them but also to be in that position.
- Hourly is $150/ hr
- Shop minimum is $100
- Address: South County Tattoo
25260 La Paz rd.
Laguna hills CA 92653
- Website: chachaartworks.com
- Phone: 949-203-4342
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/chachatattoos