Lady Tattoo Artists We Love: Nhia Yang

nhia eastmeadTraveling tattoo artist Nhia Yang grew up in a huge family and first became enchanted with tattooing when her older brothers were caught tattooing each other in their bedroom. Nhia has an incredible style that is evident in the way she tattoos botanicals and nature. We feel inspired. 

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Nhia really bonds with her clients, and it shows in her meaningful work. She currently tattoos at Eldritch Brothers: Tattoo and Piercing and she travels all over the country doing guest spots in different shops. She shared a bit about herself to us, along with some of her lovely tattoos.

How did you get into tattooing?   
I've always been an artist. Doodling on anything and everything. When I was 13, I woke up late in the afternoon on a Sunday to a buzzing noise. I was intrigued! I ran upstairs and listened to each door. I walked into my older brother's room, where he was tattooing my other brother. I thought that was the coolest thing ever -- creating a memory and permanently imprinting each other. My life was suddenly flipped upside down. I grew up in a relatively giant family -- eight brothers and six sisters, at each other's throats wanting and needing but always thriving to be better than the other. It took me a while but I found my niche. I had an off-and-on apprenticeship for five years starting in 2008, in Milwaukee, and here I am today! 

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nhia eastmead tattoo

What was the first tattoo that you got?   
My first tattoo I ever got was these horribly done angel wings on my back. I was young and really stupid. Back then angel wings were really trendy and I got it done in some weird guy's basement with my best friend. 

nhia eastmead tattoo

nhia eastmead tattoo

nhia eastmead tattoo

Share a good story about a tattoo that you have done.
I love how much therapy and bonding there is that goes into tattooing. I tattooed this 18-year-old kid and got to know him pretty well after three long sessions. Months go by and I get this call from his older brother. Their mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Unsure of time, they wanted to get mother-and-son tattoos. I was swamped the entire week, but I had to do it. I squeezed them in bright and early before all my other appointments on a Saturday morning. This will be her first and last tattoo and she's always wanted a tattoo by me. I felt incredibly honored and so appreciative! We got pretty teary eyed and there was a lot of emotion in the air. That itself is why I tattoo. People wanting and allowing me to bond with them. I love hearing and sharing stories, especially making a story together. 

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nhia eastmead tattoo

nhia eastmead tattoo

Have you tattooed yourself?  
Yes I have, multiple times. I needed to know how I was tattooing and also practice.  

nhia eastmead tattoo

nhia eastmead tattoo

nhia eastmead tattoo

Who and what influences you?  
I have so many people that I look up to. Just to throw a few names out there ... Jeff Gogue of Oregon; Justin Hartman of Arizona; Rob Goodkind of Chicago, Illinois; Joe Anderson of Madison, Wisconsin. Also, the people around me influence me. Daily life. My dog. How much I crave pizza and tacos. Life itself is an influence. I love being inspired by being alive and given the opportunity to share my work with the rest of the world.

nhia eastmead tattoo

nhia eastmead tattoo

 

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