Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Noyce.
Hi Gina, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I have always admired the tattoo industry. The art, the energy, the people. Being a tattoo artist used to seem like such a far-fetched career for me, I idolized it. I eventually started to share my hopes of one day being a tattoo artist with some of the people around me. I had a friend that presented me with an opportunity to work at a shop and I jumped at the opportunity.
That’s when I began to get my foot in the door of working in the tattoo industry.
I worked in two different tattoo shops, learning so much and meeting amazing people. I finally decided to branch out on my own. I now work for myself and have my own business, No Vacancy Ink.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Getting to where I am today with myself and my business was definitely not a smooth road. There were many challenges that I faced that could have easily made me turn away from tattooing altogether. My work environment wasn’t necessarily ideal, from shop owners to co-workers, to the space I was working in itself.
I also had people attempt to put my artwork down or tell me that I couldn’t make it in an industry like this one. Also, being a female in the tattoo industry brought evident challenges on its own. It felt like one thing after another. For a while, it felt like I was always getting the short end of the stick.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a female Tattoo Artist, and I take so much pride in it. I love doing all styles of tattooing but specialize in darker styles black and grey and dot work. I love working with small details on a big scale. I take a lot of pride in the quality of work I provide. I create custom pieces for my clients based on their ideas and bring them to life.
I also take pride in my relationships with my clients. I have met some awesome people through tattooing, and have many returning clients. Tattoos are important to people, and it is such an honor they trust me to create art that they carry with them forever.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Thankfully, I have had many supporters along the way. My Dad has always been my biggest fan and I can’t thank him enough. My boyfriend encouraged me to make the jump to start my own business.
My clients and their trust and loyalty are what keep me going. It confirms that I belong in this industry. I have also met amazing mentors that I had the pleasure of working next to and learning from. I would be nowhere in the Tattoo industry without any of them.
- Instagram: @gina.nvink