Ryan Ashley Malarkey, Megan Jean Morris, and Sarah Miller–How Women Have Changed the Tattoo Industry
Strong women in the tattoo industry are now making a name for themselves, especially with the recent win of Ryan Ashley from Season 8 of Ink Master– this will change the industry, one way or another.
The world was taken by storm during the series finale of Ink Master, where two finalists were showcasing their final challenge—a chest piece tattoo, tackling their weak points throughout the show.
One of those two finalists was none other than Ryan Ashley Malarkey, a young black-and-grey tattoo artist hailing from Kingston, Pennsylvania, with a mere five years of tattooing under her belt. What gained Ryan the win over her competitor was her ambition—her ambition to try varying style, tackling her weak point of using color, and truly doing research on the subject she’s tattooing before diving right into it.
This win, essentially, is a boost to women in the tattoo industry because it shows that they can be fierce, hard competitors.
Overall, she did deserve her win, as she fought tooth and nail to reach the finale. While critics may say that her main focus was her specialty of black-and-grey tattoos, she truly experimented with every style the show threw at her and never gave up.
An Inspiration To Women In The Business
However, what’s entranced so many people is that Ryan is the first woman to win the Ink Master title. Up until Ryan’s season, season 8, only male winners had claimed this prestigious title. Ryan’s win is now being the push many other female tattoo artists needed to desire continuing the winning trend—to show that their skills as artists are on par with their male counterparts. This has actually lead more women to go on the show Ink Master, to showcase their skills and prove that they “have what it takes,” much like their predecessors who came before them.
This win, essentially, is a boost to women in the tattoo industry because it shows that they can be fierce, hard competitors. Other female artists such as Megan Jean Morris and Sarah Miller, two well known tattoo artists who have a strong portfolio, have made it far on Ink Master and in their careers as artists. These three women open doors for many young tattoo artists who may want to show that their craft is as strong as a mans, and that gender does not define how well someone can tattoo—instead, what speaks for them is the work they produce.
Megan, Sarah, and Ryan have not pioneered being a woman in the tattoo industry, but they have taken it to the next level by proving that ambition, pure talent, and hard work can get anyone anywhere they want to be, no matter their industry.