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Daily Inspiration: Meet Taylor Carter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Carter. 

Hi Taylor, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Thank you, I’m so excited to be included in this series! I am a fine-line tattoo artist. I started tattooing in January of 2020. I have been passionate about art all my life and am so lucky to have a creative job that I love! I graduated from UC with a bachelor’s of fine art and a master’s of business administration in 2016, and at the time I had no idea at the time which one of my many creative interests I wanted to pursue. I tend to dive into a lot of projects at once, so I spent a few years working in corporate marketing and working for a startup skincare company while doing photography on the side and running an Etsy shop. After getting a few tattoos, the “tattoo fever” set in, and I decided to make a huge life change and become an apprentice at Queen Ink! It has been the most fun and fulfilling career so far and I feel so grateful for my amazing coworkers and clients. I tattooed full-time for two years, and now I work part-time while I take on my newest role of being a mom to my 5-month-old, Quinn.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
To be honest, the biggest challenge was how long it took me to do something I actually like for a living! I definitely struggled not knowing what to do or where to start. I thought for a long time that art was a hobby that would always need to be separate from my full-time job, and that was a huge mental struggle for me. Working a few jobs I definitely didn’t love made it obvious to me that my happiness was most important, but it took me years to figure that out. I had to learn that a successful career and a creative hobby that you love are not mutually exclusive. That being said, tattooing is not an easy craft, and there are hurdles to overcome with learning, but I am happy to practice over and over. I truly care about my work and want to be the best that I can, and it is a joy to learn.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in fine-line tattoos, and my work has a whimsical and delicate style. I do a lot of floral, astrology, and nature-inspired pieces and single needle work. I also love to tattoo words; I find it amazing that we all have little phrases – be it quotes, song lyrics, a poem – that have impacted our lives. I think about tattoos as an exchange of energy that requires a great deal of empathy, intimacy, and vulnerability. Even if I’ve been through it a thousand times, I know what it feels like to be on the other side of the needle, and I try to carry that understanding to every appointment.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
This is such a tough question for me! I have so many great memories from childhood with my family and friends it’s hard to choose just one. A really funny memory that sticks out is a day when I was with my dad and we were at my brother’s soccer tournament. He played soccer at this indoor facility on weekends when I was around 8 years old and I’d usually go watch with my mom or dad. I wasn’t a huge sports fan, so I’d always have something else to entertain myself. That weekend I brought this little laptop-like machine that was basically just a keyboard and a screen I used for writing short stories all the time. I told my dad we weren’t allowed to talk – we could only pass messages back and forth by typing on the laptop. I guess I had decided to be super annoying that day and I really wanted a snack, so I was just typing “I’m hungry” as a response to everything he said. He laughed a few times and then jokingly wrote back, “If you tell me you’re hungry one more time, you’re gonna get it”. So, I typed “I’m hurgry” instead. That little loophole definitely bought me a trip to the snack bar, and we still use that term to this day!

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