We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Finn and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Taylor, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Tattooing is such a unique and impactful medium to an incredible amount of people. This type of artwork is extremely symbolic and meaningful to many, but even when it’s not too serious, it’s easy to be excited about artwork that will last a lifetime. I think a lot of people view tattoos almost as souvenirs. There are so many ways to honor your interests, hobbies, and even people close to you. Some people consider themselves tattoo collectors, aiming to get an array of artwork from completely different artists. It can be such a special experience to set up an appointment with an artist you love in a different city, state, or country and make a trip out of it. Other people prefer to have a designated artist or two that they book with consistently, usually local to their area. All in all, I think the shared experience among everyone who enjoys getting tattooed is pretty similar. Tattoos can be such a powerful tool to express oneself, admire the body, and even take back space for yourself from others. I think it is such a beautiful experience to be able to share so intimately with my clients, Especially over the past few years and the collective experience we have all been coping with, it’s been made clear that tattooing is something people can look forward to and feel good about no matter what is happening in their lives and the world around them.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would have to say that my style is based on timeless American Traditional tattoo designs, with a little queerness. It’s honestly hard to explain. I’m typically drawn towards subject matter that is seemingly silly, insignificant, ordinary. I’ve always been drawn to tattoos that are a little….weird. Designs that make you laugh or lack meaning entirely. Lately, I’ve been really lucky to be doing so many of my own flash designs!! Things like, potted houseplants, designs smothered with little hearts, or things like ugly lamps and wobbly furniture. I’ve also been super excited about all the cute little pet portraits/caricatures clients have requested lately. It’s a little funny to me, when I first got my start in tattooing I had imagined I’d be doing a lot more “tough” subject matter. Classic designs like panthers, eagles, elegant florals, and battle royals. I never thought I would be drawing up the little trinkets I’m doing consistently these days but I LOVE it. Tattoos don’t have to be crazy subject matter. They don’t have to be cool to strangers. I love creating little moments of love and inspiration out of ordinary things and I think that’s what I look out for when I’m creating a tattoo. I want it to leave you with a little bit of feeling and warmness.

Today, the ceiling still doesn’t exist. I have SUCH a long way to go and an extraordinary amount left to learn about this craft. I am lucky to know why I am here and what I want to do with it, though. It has been anything but easy but I’m grateful for the opportunity to be so passionate about something and to work within a medium that is so impactful. Tattooing has always been about that connection, safety, and expression. My main focus in this business is to create a safe and comfortable environment for myself and my clients. It’s important that we are all able to freely express and celebrate ourselves for who we are and what we want to do in this life. Tattooing is such an intimate experience, an exchange of energies, and I believe that should always be kept in mind.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wow this is…tough. As a vegan, I’d say my top priority is always the amazing variety of vegan restaurants that Phoenix has to offer. A few of my favorites are Verdura, Pizza Heaven, and Tacos Veganos, so we would have to hit those for sure. I don’t really drink, but Nami has some pretty amazing vegan soft serve that ALWAYS sounds good. There’s another spot, Earth Plant Based, that showcases “instagram worthy” monster milkshakes and I’m a big fan of those as well. Honestly, I’m a pretty hardcore homebody but I do get out from time to time. I really like to look out for different art installations/experiences to see what sounds interesting but I even just love visiting the Phoenix Art Museum from time to time. We could definitely take a day trip out to Flagstaff or Sedona and find some cool trails to hike or have a cozy picnic if it’s not too hot! There’s some nice trails in the city as well. One of my favorite night activities has always been stargazing!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To my mentor, Alex Empty, for taking a chance on me. Thank you for supporting me and all my silly little ideas with excitement and encouragement.

To my wife, Haylee, thank you for everything. I’m so grateful to be loved by someone so supportive and courageous. It’s an honor to take on this world with you.

To my clients, thank you for your endless support, trust with yourselves and your bodies, and for sharing your stories. I’m so great full for each and every one of you.

Instagram: ordinary.tattooer

Other: I do also have another little Instagram page where I sell little non-tattoo creations from time to time. (@gudntr)

Image Credits
Haylee Finn

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