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Meet Kateřina Gromanová

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Kateřina Gromanová.

Kateřina, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
This is the story of how I have changed my life and became a tattoo artist.

Since my childhood, I was really interested in drawing and arts. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to attend the art school and I studied at the environmental university instead. Time has passed and during my first maternity leave, I met an interesting artist who turned on me again the passion for arts, so I started to draw again, later I had several exhibitions, people liked my art and this pushed me toward new adventures.

I am also a tattoos lover and my boyfriend always suggested I start to make tattoos, but I was intimidated so I initially set aside that idea. Then, during my second maternity leave, my boyfriend arranged a 1-day session with a tattoo artist as my birthday gift. During that workshop, she showed me how a tattoo machine works, how to make stencils, and so on, and that very first day I put into practice what I learned and I realized my first tattoo… on a REAL person.

Surprisingly all went very well, and the tattoo wasn’t bad at all. This encouraged me to continue. I bought all the necessary and I started to train on my family members, friends, soon after on friends of friends and I dedicated all my free time to learn at my best. Later on, I was at a crossroads and I had to decide if come back to my employment before the maternity leave or to try the tattoo artist career. I decided for the latter: To get a tattoo license and to start with my own tattoo studio… whose name is, of course, Mamatattooprague.

And so, here I am: After five years, I opened my second studio, a bigger one in the downtown. It‘s a multifunctional space – art, tattoo, relax and of course, it’s baby-friendly… because everything started thanks to my two daughters and husband.

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?
Of course, the path was full of obstacles and challenges…

Initially, I had to overcome my fear to step out from the comfort zone of being employed and take up a freelance career. Another big challenge was the daily battle against the time combining the family duties and finding time to practice and make tattoos during the maternity leave.

When it was time to open the studio, I had to face the problems that probably everyone who open a new space encounters: Getting all the necessary authorizations, planning and organizing the reconstruction, finding the monetary resources, etc.

Once I settled down, the Coronavirus era came and the studio had to be closed for several months due to government restrictions.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My primary job is being a Tattoo Artist. I would say I specialized in small/medium detailed tattoos. Many people choose me for my details. work and straight lines… because of my style the majority of my customers is a woman. I am also sought-after because of cover tattoos: I cover older or not quality tattoos with new ones.

Besides tattooing, I also continued to draw pictures and work with graphic art, and during the
covid restrictions, when tattoo parlors had to be closed, I started to paint also on shoes on demand and it resulted to be successful idea. The reason is very simple: During covid restrictions, it was hard to go to the shop and buy presents, so I paint the first pair of shoes for my friend, he loved it so I decided to share the idea on my socials and from that time more people ordered shoes with personalized design for themselves or as a gift for someone else.

I think that besides my style, my mindset sets me apart from others: I believe that nothing is impossible; other peculiarities of mine are the hard work and patience with customers… nowadays, I can say I am thankful, I was not a professional artist all my life: Having worked in the office in customer service I know how to deal with customers. And clients appreciate the way I approach and communicate with them.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I took the risk when I decided to not come back to the work I used to have before my maternity leave and decided to be a freelance. My main fear was, that I will not be able to finance my life with this new endeavor. But as you can see from my personal experience, if you really want to do something, you shouldn’t stop when you encounter some difficulties and you will be paid back 😉

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