Artists become tattooers for various reasons, whether they feel it is a deep calling, an attempt to make money or a temporary job while pursuing an alternate art career. Regardless of why or how they become involved in the profession, those who are meant to have a place are here to stay, Frank La Natra is deﬁnitely here to stay.
“I didn’t want to be an accountant,” says Frank. “I was in college at the time pursuing my degree in accounting. I was offered an apprenticeship and realized i could actually make money drawing so I said, Hey why not?!”
“Even after I moved down to South Florida, tattooing was just a way to make money while I put myself through school. It wasn't until about four years ago that it really hit me that I could have a career doing this and be successful at it, now I couldn't picture myself doing anything else,” says Frank.
Once the desire to pursue a career in art became stronger Frank decided to switch gears and go to art school. He managed to juggle art school and tattooing while trying not to fall behind in the ever evolving tattoo industry.
“At one time I think it held me back from moving forward in my career, but then I realized all it did was help me advance my art further which in turn helped my career move along faster. It also helped me to build a stronger portfolio to present and build a consistent body of work as well as understand how to brand and market myself as an artist,” says Frank.
Frank graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in June 2012 with a major in Illustration and Animation. His art education is deﬁnitely evident in his style of tattooing as he has managed to translate his illustrations from paper to skin. In addition to his new degree he has a new tattoo studio to match. Into the Woods Fine Art Gallery and Body Art Studio, in Dania Beach, Florida, had their Grand Opening November 3rd, 2012 and artists from all over the states came to show their support.
“The main objective behind into the woods is to bring artists together and to educate the public about what real art is, it’s a gallery ﬁrst and foremost. It’s there to display the art of tattooists and show people that they can be ﬁne artists and illustrators as well. We want people to know we are artists ﬁrst and tattooing is a medium, not who we are. It’s a place where artists can come and grow, take classes, workshops and
seminars by some of their favorite artists. I want to bring local artists and shops together and help them realize that we are stronger as a collective as opposed to viewing each other as competition,” says Frank.
With the new studio Frank will not be slowing down, he wants to devote much of his time to his studio and continue to build awareness locally. Althoug
h that will take up much of his time he will still be increasing his travels.
“I’m hoping within the next year to be able to do a bunch more traveling. I would really like to get myself out there and do more conventions and guest spots, we'll see where my journey into the woods takes me.”
Originally Published: Nov 27, 2012 @ 02:38:00
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