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Rising Stars: Meet Marina Berry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marina Berry. 

Hi Marina, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I’ve wanted to be a tattoo artist since I was in middle school. I picked up a tattoo magazine while in a bookstore one day and immediately knew that’s what I wanted to do (I’m pretty sure I still have the magazine tucked away somewhere). Despite knowing, I still ended up going through quite a few other jobs for a few years before I realized I deserved to chase my dreams. I finally worked up the confidence to begin my tattoo journey and start my apprenticeship about five years ago. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Anytime you choose the road less traveled you’re gonna have to face those extra challenges. As a self-employed artist, I frequently face imposter syndrome, struggle with discipline, and fear if it will all work out. Finding a work/life balance is almost much impossible – as an artist, my work is a direct extension of myself. My biggest struggles have definitely come this past year though. Like many, I was out of work for several months during the pandemic which hurt my business. Then shortly after we reopened, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I lost my father, and then my mother a few months after. It was such a huge shift in my life, I’ve had to take even more time off since then to clear my head, and think about what’s really important to me. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in all kinds of dark, spooky, traditional, cutesy, or pop-culture tattoos. I pull inspiration from my favorite movies, artists, musicians, my coworkers and friends, and honestly sometimes just daily life. Work has been a huge struggle for me this past year after everything I’ve been through, but I’m proud of myself for not giving up still. I love tattooing. I love being able to help other people express themselves, and that they entrust my artistic vision enough to choose me for the job. I’m glad to be getting back into the swing of things with even more focus and determination now. 

Any big plans?
Recently, an old coworker has taken me into her new studio while I re-adjust. I worked with Hadley/@dablurart a couple years ago when I was first starting out, and am excited to work together again. The studio is going to expand into a bigger location pretty soon – it’ll be another big change but I’m excited to have a new space to build from the ground up and pour my soul into. Everything just seemed to fall into place so I’m trying to go with the flow. I’m finally starting to feel a little hopeful for the future. I just want to make my mom proud. 

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