Mount Vernon tattoo shop bucking industry norm
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Mount Vernon tattoo shop bucking industry norm

Skagit Valley Herald MOUNT VERNON — About 25 years ago, Darius Sessions struggled to find an apprenticeship to become a tattoo artist. It wasn’t because she lacked artistic skill, she said. Instead, it was for reasons beyond her control. “All shops were male-dominated and they were upfront about how they thought women shouldn’t be in there,” Sessions said. Sessions now owns Good Vibes Body Art in downtown Mount Vernon. Her shop bucks industry norms by employing more women than men as artists. Including Sessions, there are four female artists and two male artists, and Sessions plans to bring in another woman as an apprentice in January. The nearest shop with a similar number of female artists is in Seattle, Sessions said. She said although it’s still less common to find women working at tattoo shops, the gender gap in the industry has narrowed since she started. “The populous in general is desiring a softer side to this industry,” she said. “People are realizing there are a lot of fantastic female artists.” When Sessions decided to pursue her career, she looked for an apprenticeship for about five years before nearly giving up. She moved to Bellingham, where a woman who […]

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