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Amy Black of Trademark Tattoo

Readers' Pick

3125 W. Cary St.
254-9006
trademarktattoo.blogspot.com

Second Place: Thea Duskin of Ghostprint Gallery

Third Place: Jason Hobbie of USA Tattoo

Amy Black's first tattoo wasn't, by local standards, what you'd call intricate. A small line of Korean script, it translates into "always be true to yourself." Black's fascination with tattoos dates to childhood, when she developed an interest in art. By the time she moved to Richmond in 1998 and began her first apprenticeship in 2000, tattoo had become her life's work. "Richmond was perfect," she says. "It had music and culture and all types of different scenes." Black now is the sole artist working at Trademark Tattoo, an appointment-only shop in Carytown. Twelve years into her career, her repertoire includes photorealistic tattoos, landscapes and Japanese-themed pieces. But her proudest work may be less about art than dignity: She tattoos nipples for cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies.

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