Nick and I are good friends so I asked him to interview Katie for me. Katie and Nick are friends so he visits her shop to guest spot and vice versa often so he headed out to her place to do this interview. I like how relaxed and forthcoming she is, extra bonuses are Nick’s smart-ass comments.
Katie and I had met a few times here and there but never really had any quality time until this past June. I knew she had to be cool due to the people she hangs out with who speak highly of her and I think highly of them. Then we got to hangout and have some quality conversation when she was in town before Long Beach and sure enough she is an impressive asset to tattooing. She is a very charismatic person and has a great perspective on the process of tattooing.
I think she probably does some of the best lettering in the biz! Not to sell the rest of her tattooing short because she is a well rounded tattooer with competent skills in the profession. Being a tattooer who always wished I did better lettering and have constantly worked on it and has never been great, ok, but not great. To see her lettering will humble you. I watched her lay out maybe 10 pieces with ease and skill, which is rad to see. Some people will know what I’m talking about, I sit next to Tim Lehi every day and watch him draw a Japanese back piece with out even breaking sweat and it is so natural. It makes you feel good to watch someone do what they are selected to do in ones life. Chris Conn and the girls he draws is same thing, natural gift.
So here is the interview that I hope you enjoy and want to give a big thanks to Nick for doing the interview and most of all thanks to Katie for being a part of this site.
Interview by Nick Colella at Mt. Idy Tattoo in Montrose, Iowa.