Years Tattooing: 3
Favourite Style: Neo-Traditional / Neo-Realism / Pop Culture
Darcie knew since she was a young’n that she wanted to be a tattoo artist, telling her mother at the age of 11 that was where she was heading in life. Having always loved drawing and art, she started as an apprentice at the super young age of 14 helping out around shops and learning the trade as well as tips and tricks to get the best result. She’s been tattooing full time for the last 3 years and looking over her Instagram and Facebook pages it’s easy to see she’s progressing amazingly. We figured we’d give Darcie an interview so you can get to know her a bit better, so here goes!
What made you want to be a tattoo artist?
I always wanted to work as an artist, however I didn’t know what sort of art. I noticed a lot of people in my life with tattoos, and there were so many different styles, so I started asking the questions. It occurred to me that as a tattoo artist you’re always pushed to improve and learn new things, which stops you from stagnating and being complacent in what you do. It seemed like the logical thing to do, and the more I thought about it, the idea of having my art not just stuck in a gallery, but walking around on the streets both where I live and around the world, it excited me.
If you could pick one superpower, what would it be and why?
Definitely to fly! Then I could go anywhere and everywhere I wanted to, without question. It’s my dream to see the world, and being able to just lift off and explore at my own pace and time would be a dream come true
What would be the most challenging tattoo you’ve done?
I recently tattooed a close friends forehead, it’s not something I’d do for just anyone, however the circumstances suited what I’d need in order to do so. While the piece itself was very simple and easy, it was nerve wracking knowing that something that prominent is a very life changing tattoo, and that there would be (and is) a lot of people out there who disagree with the decision.
Who is your favourite tattoo artist (other than yourself)?
I can’t put just one here, but I’ve always loved the work of Lucy Blue who’s in the UK, Little Andy also from the UK, Alex Wright from the UK also, and I’ve gotta throw a shout out to our Perth local Dan Molloy who did a portrait of my first dog Tess on my inner bicep :)
What tattoo that you’ve done is your favourite?
This is a really hard one! There are pieces that I’ve done that I’m so proud of the technical side of it and the finished product, but then I’ve done some pieces for people that are quite simple and small, but meant so much to them, which makes it an even greater experience as a whole. I guess for a straight up large piece that I’ve done, I’m in the middle of working on a Harry Potter thigh piece in which I did a neo-realistic Dobby, and I’m pretty damn proud of how that came out.
Where do you see your future in the tattoo industry?
My dream is to travel the world tattooing, going as far as I can and tattooing as many people as I can along the way. The idea of having thousands of people out there walking around with my art work on their skin is amazing, and I know I’m only going to get better as I go, so I know with continuing to push myself I’ll end up there