We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Cannon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madison, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Tattooing is truly one of the most creative industries I’ve had to pleasure of experiencing. Our industry is usually seen as rugged, mean, and dirty. In actuality, it’s carefully planned and clean. Day by day, the industry becomes more inclusive. At the end of the day, it’s a form of self expression that I, personally, think everyone deserves to take part in, if they want to.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have tried my hand in several creative fields over the years. When I was younger, it was dance. As much as a loved that, I found there was not a lot support between women in dance companies. The competition became pretty destructive to my mental health. In late high school and the small amount of college I attempted, I became comepletely immersed in film. The dynamic of college, both academically and socially, was just not working for me. I felt like I was constantly craving a hands-on creative outlet, and wasn’t given that opportunity. When I left school, I was pretty uncertain about what to do with my life. I was always interested in the art form of tattooing, and when I began to learn about the industry, I continued to fall further and further in love. I finally found a way to not only express myself through art, but help others to do that as well. Along with working with other creators and getting to do what I love every day, I have also found a lot of freedom in the tattoo industry that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve found that my friends and I have the most fun when we let the city lead us. You can start in midtown, and just follow the fun! We also have plenty of events going on pretty much all the time. Don’t be afraid to try out a new small venue you’ve never heard of. You might just stumble into some place amazing!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My two greatest supporters are by far my mentor and my partner. My incredible mentor, Devon Mellor, has taught me everything about being a female in a male dominated industry. She has done nothing but pave the way for my success, when most people couldn’t be bothered to take the extra time to understand an autistic employee. My partner, Daniel, has supported every step of my career, and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve my dream job without his help behind the scenes.
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