Katie McGowan

Katie McGowan - Black Cobra Tattoo

I am from Conway, and I have been living in Little Rock for the last five years. I grew up drawing and having in interest in art. When I was little, I used to draw cartoons that I watched on TV. Mostly characters from Rugrats and the Simpsons. I would try to make the characters look exactly like how I saw them on TV. Then once I was in high school and college, I would draw portraits of my friends and try to study the details of their faces and bodies. Art had always been my

hobby in a way. I drew a lot outside of school but hadn’t taken any art classes until college.

My freshman year of college was when I started hanging out at my local tattoo shop. I loved studying foreign languages as much as I loved art, so my major at the time was Spanish. After begging for a job at my local tattoo shop at the time, I started working there as an apprentice hopeful at the age of 19. I stayed in college for three years, but eventually dropped out to pursue a tattoo apprenticeship.

My first year of tattooing was in 2010. In 2015, I got the opportunity to go on Ink Master with Matt O’Baugh, which was an unforgettable and inspiring experience.

I have respect for all genres of tattooing, but I’ve always had a particular fascination with traditional and neo-tradtional tattoos. I find them to be charming and eye-catching. I also love a tattoo that will age nicely and look rad from now until you’re playing bingo in the retirement home. I would describe my style as traditional-ish, somewhere between traditional and neo-traditional.

I try to use interesting color palettes, and I feel like my color choices often times make my tattoos identifiable as being done by me. I tattoo lots of mandalas, lady faces, flowers, animals, and other imagery with bold line work and fun colors

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