Stephanie Flannery of Phoenix's Golden Rule Tattoo on Why She Loves Pet Tattoos
Courtesy of Craig Cummins Flannery is one of Central Phoenix's most popular up-and-coming tattoo artists.
Some tattoo artists specialize in Japanese-style bodysuits, while others focus on more traditional Americana pieces. Golden Rule Tattoo's Stephanie Flannery thinks those are cool and all, but she's more interested in creating tattoos of a different subject matter.
Courtesy of Craig Cummins Flannery's sleeve was done by one of her biggest inspirations, Matt Jones.
"I think doing tattoos of people's pets are super fun," Flannery says. "Talking to people about their pets while doing the tattoo is super fun for me, I love talking to people about their pets."
Part of what makes doing pet tattoos a perfect match for the 22-year-old artist is that she primarily specializes in realistic and portrait tattoos. The animal lover may be one of Phoenix's youngest tattooers, but she's been interested in the tattoo lifestyle for quite some time now.
"I've done art for as long as I can remember. My dad was an artist, but he didn't do tattoos," Flannery says. "I loved tattooing ever since I started noticing it as a kid. I always thought it was cool."
Though she hasn't yet done any major tattoo expos or entered the field of "competitive tattooing" for awards and medals yet, Flannery is one of the most respected tattoo artists in Phoenix. The Roosevelt Row-based artist began her career in the Valley's tattoo industry by working at the shop's counter when she was 17. She apprenticed for a year at the age of 18 and became a tattoo artist before her 20th birthday.
"I'm thankful to do what I love as a career," she says. "I wouldn't want to do anything else."