Today we’d like to introduce you to Cristina Ramos.
Hi Cristina, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I moved to Los Angeles from Spain in 2005. I dedicated my life both at visual arts and music and I originally came to Los Angeles to play in produce music however I ended up taking an apprenticeship in tattooing in the year 2008. After three years working in music I didn’t feel like I was advancing very much at all but as soon as I started tattooing everything started to make sense. Although I will always have 1 foot in music and the other one in visual arts, tattooing is definitely my calling. I also paint in oils and watercolor. I feel very fortunate to be able to make a living doing what I do best.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s never smooth when you are learning. It’s very tough to earn the respect of your peers as a woman in tattooing. It’s definitely been a long road but it was worth it. And it made me stronger. I think if you get things easy, they are not as valuable. I am grateful for the struggles.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am mostly a black and gray fine line tattooer. I am known for my portrait work. However, I’d like to go against the grain when it comes to just doing one thing. It seems to be the trend. I’m actually constantly learning about other styles and keeping my work varied. I love Japanese style tattoos, illustrative color, scripture and lettering and sometimes I even do geometric blackwork. I think we live in a diverse city with diverse cultures and diverse needs. I love to cater to that.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
I think you never stop learning. It always works to get tattooed by your favorite artists and try to absorb as much info as you can. I still do it to this day. As far as finding a mentor, I don’t personally think anyone with less than 20 years of tattooing under their belts should be apprenticing people. I don’t think I would take the responsibility myself to teach anyone. It’s a very intricate craft. The more Years I’m in it the more I discover new things to learn. It keeps it exciting and it humbles you.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.Christinaramostattoo.com
- Instagram: @tiger_ramos
All portrait fotos of me are by Josh Giroux @g_i_r_o_u_x