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Meet Nadine Harvey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadine Harvey.

Hi Nadine, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I got my first tattoo at 14 and I instantly fell in love with the industry. My future plans for college went right out the window once the tattoo artist pulled the first line. I wanted to become a tattoo artist right away! However, I had to finish high school first. I started painting when I was five so I already had a decent art background, but I still wanted to learn more! Over the next four years, I took a deep dive into everything art related and worked with every medium that I could. Once I graduated high school I visited every single shop in my area asking for an apprenticeship.

However, no one would take me at the time due to being full or they would say “tattooing as a whole is trending down right now, we don’t have anything for you to do.” Although that was disappointing for me, I kept studying art and started to pursue modeling. My modeling career and social media quickly took off and became my full-time job. A few years later, when I turned 20, I went to get a tattoo at a shop in California, and next thing you know I got a spot as an apprentice! Now I have completed over 400 tattoos and love every second of it.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The beginning of my tattooing journey was definitely the most difficult. It was heartbreaking when I first started and none of the tattoo shops that I visited would take me in as an apprentice. I heard that the industry was difficult to get into, but I had no idea it would actually be so hard. It was difficult for me to not give up on my dream after being rejected for a year straight, but I am glad I stuck with it. However, even after I finally got an apprenticeship the industry was extremely difficult and required a lot of time and self-learning.

As a girl in the industry, people tend to not take me seriously and will often pick a male tattoo artist over me. Most of the time I have to prove myself time and time again just to be seen as an equal. However, I have built up a solid clientele that loves to work with me so some of those problems went away. I still have to deal with the stigma of working in a male-dominated industry, but more females are becoming tattoo artists so I am hoping that starts to change.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a tattoo artist and model. I specialize in multiple styles of tattoos. My favorite styles are fine line horror, anime, and black and gray micro realism. I am very proud of how far I have come in such a short time and that I have completed over 400 tattoos in under a year. The main thing that sets me apart is that I genuinely care about my work. I truly care about every tattoo my clients want and do everything I can to ensure they leave happy.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My current clientele is amazing and I am very thankful for each of them. When I first started tattooing it was difficult to get clients due to how competitive the industry is. Some people ended up taking a chance on me and are still with me today. Some of my clients started with getting a small tattoo from me and now almost have complete sleeves.

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