Megan Jean Morris - Fine Arts
Tattoo artist, painter, and owner of Painted Soul Tattoos in Wallingford, CT, Megan Jean Morris utilizes her studies in fine art to enhance her tattooing skills.
Her time at Interlochen Center for the Arts - the distinguished summer art academy, where she had the privilege of studying life drawing and anatomy under Julie Saeker Schneider - gives Megan Jean an edge over the competition. Add that to an extensive apprenticeship where she developed her skills and understanding for the many aspects of tattooing under the tutelage of Adam Gordon of Mr. Adamís Tattoos in Farmington, ME, and you have a combination for tattoo glory.
REBEL INK: You have a fine art background. What brought on the decision to delve into tattooing?
Megan Jean Morris: Tattooing looked like a lifestyle I could live while staying true to my values.
What are some key things that you learned during your art studies that you utilize in tattooing?
Foreground and background, color theory, and lighting are all things that I utilize in tattooing.
When it comes to designing the tattoos for your clients, do you take on full responsibilities in the design or is it a collaborative effort between you and the client?
I listen to the clients' ideas and give my best advice in what will work. They usually like my ideas and let me recreate the tattoo they want the way I feel would look and work best.
If you had to choose, what would you say is your favorite style of tattooing to work on?
That would have to be realism and surrealism.
What type of tattoo ink do you feel works best for the type of work that you do?
I love Easy Glow Ink, but now that they are discontinuing Joe's (Capobianco) line, I've started using Fusion Inks for color tattoos, and Haiiro for black and grey.
What's your tattoo machine of choice?
F.K. Iron Spectra.
How long is your current wait time for tattoo appointments?
The past few months I've been only booking appointments that I am really into doing, so technically not really booking at all unless your idea is awesome.
Do you work the convention circuit?† If so, at what shows are we most likely to find you working?
I'm just starting to get into the convention circuit. Next year, I know I'll be very involved, but for this year, Philly, Baltimore, and, hopefully, I'll be able to attend Hell City this summer.
Any advice for up-and-coming artists reading this article?
Always stay learning and critical of your work. Always try to be better and find your own. Don't try to recreate things, which is often super hard to do.
Article by Clive Young