When she was a little girl, Amanda Householder found her perfect escape in the world of art—realizing the power of its freedom as she drew charcoal Disney characters.
With art, it doesn’t matter what the subject matter is, you have the opportunity to create it how you want to. It’s all about the freedom of expression and there is no right or wrong.
But Amanda has accomplished a whole lot of right. She began taking her art to the next level in high school and it wasn't long before friends, family and even her high school physical education department asked for her work, including painting the gym floor.
It means the world to me when people reach out and ask for my work…and it’s not work to me because I love it.
Amanda began her career in the tattoo industry as an apprentice in a shop in Canton, Ohio. Of course, she started learning how to apply her talents to tattooing but there’s way more to it than that.
I was lucky that the owner of the shop took me under his wing. And surprisingly, he taught me machine building. I had no idea what goes into making a good quality machine and I’m super appreciative of that.
She learned that good machinery makes all the difference and it unlocked different sides of her creativity. She discovered that she is a Neo Traditional artist—expressing design with different line weights, solid color and soft blends—all made better by using the right machinery. Her Neo Traditional artist idols? Annie Frenzel, Brandon Smith, Dave Tevenal, and David De La O.
I love Annie’s, everything about it. She really knows how to use her colors.
When it comes to her work, Amanda has a few favorites, but one in particular that stands out. And it’s strange.
Last year, a friend wanted a character from the show, Stranger Things. Because it was a for a friend, the pressure was really on. I must have drawn it 18 times first.
The piece came out perfect. Her friend was thrilled and she was pretty proud of herself.
I love the moment I look at a finished piece and I’m able to say, that tattoo rocks.
But it’s not always smooth sailing.
I get clients every day that have an idea or find something on Pinterest that they want, but I know it won’t make for a good tattoo. It’s tough explaining that to them without making them feel like they had a stupid idea. I just want to do my best work. So I always try to find a happy medium.
I was an EMT before this. I like unpredictable.
The one thing she can always count on is the support from the artists she works with.
It was super intimidating to work with such big talent when I first started. But I quickly realized, everyone is very welcoming and supportive.
When talking with her about getting your first tattoo, Amanda says, it’s all about trust.
I’ve done a lot of first tattoos. I’m not going to say that you have to get something that means something. That’s not important. Just find someone you can trust. That’s everything.