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Meet Ink Slingin’ Sandy

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Written by Marisa Seager

Thinking of getting inked? The Brackety-Ack chatted with Sandra March, Floyd-based tattoo artist, to get the scoop on her artwork.

Q: How did you discover you wanted to be a tattoo artist?
A: I was intrigued by all things tattoos and knew once I turned 18, I would get my first tattoo. I started to get to know my tattoo artist and my now mentor, Abigail Bowen. I asked if I could hang around the shop and just learn more about tattoos. One thing led to another and I started my apprenticeship with Abby. I never pictured myself as a tattoo artist when I was younger, but I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work in the industry.

Q: What is your favorite style of tattoos?
A: My favorite style is American Traditional! Ideally, I would like to focus only on traditional styles once I’ve developed more in my career.

Q: Can you tell me more about this style?
A: American Traditional tattoos started to emerge in the 1930s. Sailor Jerry, the father of Old School tattoos, paved the way for the tattoo industry in America we see today. During WWII, Sailor Jerry tattooed American men stationed in Hawaii. His bold designs were an escape from society and a symbol of freedom.

Q: What is something people would be surprised to know about being a tattoo artist?
A: I am still only an apprentice, but I will be taking my test to become a licensed tattoo artist within the next few months. In the time I’ve been an apprentice, I’ve noticed you have to be willing to face new challenges every day. All skin is different to tattoo, and you never know how a client’s skin will be until you’re tattooing them.

Q: What advice do you have for people looking to get their first tattoo?
A: If you are looking to get your first tattoo, I would advise you to do your research. Obviously, a tattoo is a lifetime commitment, but not everyone treats them as such.

Q: Are there any current trends for college student tattoos?
A: I think the only trend I’ve seen would have to be the stick and poke tattoos.

Q: How do you feel about this trend?
A: I’m a little iffy about this trend. I think stick and pokes are great, if you have the right person doing them. I’m not a fan of people getting a stick and poke by their roommate who doesn’t know the first thing about what they’re doing.

Q: Where can people find your art?
A: My work can be found on my social media accounts.
Instagram- inkslinginsandy
Facebook- Sandra March Tattoos
To set up an appointment, feel free to contact me via messenger/email.