Today we sat down and talked watercolors and life with Amanda Lander...
What made you want to be a tattoo artist?
I have always loved art, and wanted to make a living doing something art related. For a while I juggled working in customer service while operating an etsy shop where I sold art prints and greeting cards. My sister, who is the shop owner, had mentioned teaching me a few times, but I never really took the idea seriously… I would have to quit a fairly well paying job I had worked at for a while in order to pick up something part time to try it out with no guarantee I would be good at it or successful. However, once I took stock of things and asked myself if I wanted to spend the rest of my life answering phones, I decided to take the risk to have a chance to do something I would love and that would be much more rewarding. It certainly paid off!
Do you have a favorite style you want to pursue?
I love doing bright, colorful pieces, but also enjoy dotwork, and more delicate tattoos as well.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to read, spend time with my pets and houseplants, cook/bake, draw, play video games.
How many pets do you have and names?
I have a dog named Tesla, two axolotls named Aziraphale and Crowley, two betta fish named Toast and Sticky, and various other small fish and snails.
Tell me a little about your immediate family…
My parents still live in the area and one of my sisters is actually the owner, Jessie. I have a brother who lives in Massachusetts and another sister who lives in Ohio as well.
Are you from this area?
I grew up in Lebanon, but now live closer to Dayton
What’s your favorite local restaurant and what do you get?
Wheatpenny in Dayton, they have an awesome beet pesto pizza