Meet the Tattoo Artist – Monica Moses

Posted on 03 August 2012 by Karen L. Hudson

Photo of Monica Moses, Tattoo Artist

Meet the lovely Monica, a talented tattoo artist from Virginia who has been all over the world sharing her love for art, her positive attitude and her whimsical style. Find out how Monica deals with being a woman in a male-dominated industry.

 

Snapshot

Tattoo Artist’s Name:  Monica Moses

Tattoo Studio Home: Alex’s New Tattoo

Birthday: February 1, 1973

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Married? No

Kids? No

Pets?  3 dogs – Bogie Monster, Minkie Boodle, and Mojo Risin’

Favorite Movie(s): Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Dark Crystal, The Shining

Music: Listens to everything but really likes electro-swing (like Caravan Palace and Bitter Sweet)

TV: Walking Dead

One Wish: To travel more, experience more, and make a positive impact on people wherever I go.

Favorite Tattoo Style(s): Cute, Scary, Colorful, and Cooky!

 

Monica’s Story:

I don’t think I’ve ever met a tattoo artist so much like myself as Monica Moses. If she wasn’t only four months older than me, I’d be calling my mom to ask if I had a sister she never told me about. She’s bubbly, she’s creative, she’s silly, she loves dogs, and she’s a humanitarian – but there’s also this dark and twisty side that balances out all that cuteness. On top of all that, she’s a strong female competitor in the tattoo industry, which isn’t an easy title to achieve.

She began an “unofficial” apprenticeship in 1999 at Smart Arts in Pasco Vale, Melbourne, Australia, during her six-month visit to the island.  A Virginia native, however, she moved back to Roanoke in 2000 and started her official apprenticeship there with Joe Hegarty at Alex’s New Tattoo, where she still works to this day.

A Woman in a “Man’s World”

Monica is very familiar with the struggles of women tattoo artists; acceptance and respect don’t come as readily as they do for their male counterparts. Female artists have to work twice as hard to earn their place in the industry, as Monica explains, “People walk in a tattoo shop and see [a woman], they automatically assume you’re the shop help, the girlfriend, the wife…” But in her true positive spirit, Monica doesn’t let that get her down. “Your own attitude makes a difference. Just be happy, be yourself, and be worthy. Push the bar.”

One of the ways she has built up her name and reputation is through traveling. She’s done guest artist spots in Amsterdam, Ireland, Prague, the Czech Republic, London, and Reutlingen to name a few. There’s no better way to get people to remember you than to actually meet and work with them, especially when you’re as likable as Ms. Moses!

While she can inspire many young artists, Monica has also been inspired by those before her. She says that she learns a little bit from every person she meets, but she also admires Jime Litwalk and Shige from afar. In the non-tattoo art world, she admires the works of Mark Ryden and Brom.

When she’s not tattooing, she keeps her hands busy with her other interests such as special effects, prop creation, making jewelry and hair accessories and anything else that feeds her creative spirit!

 

 

About the Guru:
Karen L. Hudson has been writing for the body art community since 1999. She is the author of Chick Ink: 40 Stories of Tattoos--and the Women Who Wear Them and Living Canvas: Your Total Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Body Modification. After leaving her position as About.com's body art expert in 2011, she founded Tat2Guru to continue her efforts as a safety and acceptance advocate for the body art community. Read Her Full Bio

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