With a career spanning three decades, tattoo artist Roxx has transitioned from Japanese, bio-mechanical and other graphic styles before settling into her current minimalist geometric tattoos and tribal blackwork. Since the age of two, Roxx has had a keen interest in drawing, and at 15 began tattooing with her own body as a canvas. One look at her portfolio on Instagram and it comes as no surprise that the owner of this San Francisco-based 2Spirit Tattoo studio is at the top of the ink world.
In an interview with GQ, she explained, “I’ve been in this business for a very long time. I had a few other jobs as a teenager, but I’m self-taught. I had to figure it out myself. No apprenticeship or anything.”
Most of her clients are tattoo virgins; people who really didn’t want to get tattooed that much, but when they saw her work changed their minds. Which makes sense. In an epidemic ocean of bad decisions and tramp stamps, Roxx’s minimalist geometric tattoos stand out immediately. She says that she doesn’t draw until the client comes into her studio. Clients usually send Roxx images from her portfolio that they love, which gives her an idea about what they’re into. Based on these preferences, she then formulates a design unique to each client.
“A lot of times, I just draw the design straight onto their body, at least for 90% of what I do. I pre-edit in the moment, which has helped me have a life outside of my work. When you’re drawing things straight onto the body, they have another magical quality to them that is often lost.”
You can keep looking at some of Roxx’s beautiful geometric tattoos below and stay updated with her work via Instagram.