Katya is a tattoo artist currently based out of NYC. She has a bold yet delicate style that is easily recognizable and uniquely her own. With a devout following, she's quickly building a name for herself as someone to watch. We're big fans and were lucky enough to sit down with her for a few questions...
First place you go when you go home?
My parents have a tiny cabin, it’s like 50 km from Kiev, not very far. I think I’m going to spend some time there. For me, NY is a very loud place, very busy and sometimes I just need quiet and to be alone. This is my favorite place, I spend a lot of time there.
Do you have a quiet place in NYC that you go to get away?
I think it’s my apartment! I really like it - I like to sit and draw, it's very comfortable for me.
What’s your favorite way to spend your downtime?
I really like camping. Spending time in nature, the mountains, hiking. Anything to be closer to nature.
Where’s next on your list for traveling.
I really want to go to Patagonia, that’s definitely number one. It looks so beautiful.
How’d you get into tattooing?
I never planned on it. When I was 18 I met my boyfriend, he’s a tattoo artist as well. He pushed me to start learning and taught me everything. I studied at Children’s Academy of Arts for ten years, then the University of Arts for a few years and then I left to tattoo.
What was the first tattoo you ever gave?
Yea, the first one I gave was to my boyfriend when I was starting.
What’s your favorite part about what you do?
My favorite part is that I can work in any part of the world. I can spend a few years in NY, and then I can move to another place and have work there, live there. That’s the best part.
You have a very distinct style and a few recurring themes in your work - can you tell us a bit about them?
(Laughing) I do a lot of cats. I have a lot of customers who want their portraits done with their cats. I think I did a few, and it just grew more and more. I also just like doing beautiful females,Anything in the works that we should keep an eye out for? I know you have a small clothing line as well...
Next year I’m planning to do some women’s pajamas! - some cats, some little prints. It’s just plans right now though!