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Meet Nehemiah “Neezie” Harris of Gorgeousneezietattoos in Melrose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nehemiah “Neezie” Harris.

Nehemiah “Neezie”, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started off just loving tattoos from a Young age. My mom is an artist and has kept me interested in art in general always. I went to two creative highschools both for two years each always being surrounded by other artists. I got my first tattoo at 14(illegally) as did most my friends and at that point I started looking for apprenticeships. Looking for years and years and never succeeding so I started to do everything I could to learn on my own. By the time I was 19 I had worked other “regular” jobs to support myself also tattooing on the side. I was introduced to a tattoo “school” which was a program that taught tattooing in an accelerated fashion. I was there for a whole year and not to shortly after graduating I went to another shop and started developing more of my own style influenced by fashion,fine art,skateboarding,film,etc. Now I work at a shop on melrose and have many clients coming to me for my specific style and work

Great, 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?
Tattooing being a mainly white dominated industry finding a way to start in it was hard for me as a black kid to get an apprenticeship I ultimately didn’t actually find a “traditional”one. Not saying it’s not possible but it was just my experience

Please tell us about Gorgeousneezietattoos .
My style of tattooing is called black work I pride myself in having the cleanest lines possible and the most saturated blacks. I’m always most grateful for all the clients that I’ve had for years and that always come back to me for my specific style

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When I was in 4th grade I had my own comic book with my friends and in one of my comics I was drawing a college student and I thought college students have tattoos ! So I asked my mom to draw a tattoo in my character and she drew some squiggles and lines and I was not happy about. And that made me more interested in what a tattoo actually is

Pricing:

  • Minimum-$250
  • 7 hour day sessions-$1000

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Nik Hampshire

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