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Casper tattoo artist sees success at new location

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 6:11 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Alexis Durbin can tattoo pieces that are meaningful stories or art that her clients like to look at. Dubin was an apprentice at the Ink Spot and has recently opened her own space in the La Bottega Gallery suites.

Durbin is grateful to learn from all of the talented artists at the Ink Spot. “It’s a bit more strict on things and they’re harder to get an apprenticeship with so I appreciate that they gave me a chance,” Durbin said.

Durbin’s apprenticeship lasted two years and the length depends on the shop. Even with her years of experience, she still gets nervous putting permanent ink on people. “I don’t think it ever gets any less intimidating,” Durbin said.

Another challenging part is watching her clients in pain. “I’m a big empath so being able to push myself through it is really hard and trying to push someone in pain is pretty tough,” Durbin said.

There are other options so clients don’t have to endure a ton of pain. “I’m not opposed to doing second sessions or stopping at a good place. I almost prefer that because I don’t want to keep people in pain as much as they don’t want to be in pain,” Durbin said.

Dubin has been in her new location for about two weeks and hopes to expand her skillset to permanent cosmetics in the future. “I think wanting to expand my horizons and being at the same place I did my apprenticeship at wasn’t a possibility so I had to make this change,” Durbin said.

One of her favorite parts is being able to bond with clients and give them a permanent visual of a meaningful story. “It’s cool to see people’s reaction when they love the tattoo I did,” Durbin said.

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