We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Parker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I believe the most important factor behind my success is mostly that I’m a workaholic. My previous career was 12 hours a day with only a few days off a month, plus I was always on call. I live to work and work to live. When I switched to tattooing I spent countless hours making flash until I was able to learn on skin. I tattoo full time now, but if I am able to take walk-ins between appointments or paint flash then I will do so. Another important factor to success is never giving up. You will make mistakes, you have to always be willing to learn and grow.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is mainly American Traditional tattoos. I love bold, bright, clunky, and tattoos that will last a lifetime. I came from an art background of graffiti and graphic novel styling. It took awhile to relearn what kinds of designs would last over time. I wouldn’t say it was easy, but I’ve had a lot of help from my mentors and have drawn thousand of designs over the years. I’m always trying to improve, and I don’t think anyone should ever stop trying to learn.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I live in LA county. It’s hard to choose what to do here as there are so many things to do. Tons of awesome places to eat, I love all the vegan spots. I definitely recommend checking out the hiking trails if you’re into that. Beautiful beaches and tons of cool bars to chose from. Of course being in Los Angeles has tons of tourist attractions in Hollywood and what not. The options are endless.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mentors deserve a shoutout for my success. The owner of my shop took a chance on me. Not only did I learn so many awesome tricks and tips towards better tattoos, he also has become family to me. My other mentor, who has been my best friend since our teen years spent at the Cobalt cafe, taught me with tough love. He had no problem telling me when I had made something ugly. Haha. I appreciate the help I received from them and I know how lucky I am to have come up in tattooing at Genuine Electric Tattoo.