Tattoos are therapy.

Hart & Huntington tattoo artist Lacey Rose couldn’t agree more.

She’s been working at our Orlando shop for just a short while now, but always makes her clients feel comfortable in her chair.

I want people to know they can come here to get a tattoo that they love; that they can be who they are and talk to me about anything while they’re here.

Growing up, Lacey Rose was a self-described tomboy and art geek. Although her mom is an artist, she never enjoyed drawing as a kid until she found her first anime drawing book.

Whenever I acted out, my mom would always tell me to go to my room and draw, so it felt like kind of a punishment for me at first.

But once she picked up a pencil and started sketching the colorful comic book characters, everything changed.

That anime drawing book was the only book I read from front to back. I took my time and figured it out.

Her teacher saw her work and insisted she get tested for the Gifted & Talented Art program. She passed with flying colors and her journey as an artist took off from there.

My teacher had us draw whatever we dreamed of last night. Drawing became therapy to me.

But it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. Lacey Rose ended up in college for Graphic Art but hated every minute of it and fell into a deep depression.

I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do as a career. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a tattoo artist, but my parents are super conservative and I didn’t think they’d be remotely ok with it.

Regardless, she decided to follow her instincts and her true calling. She dropped out, moved out, and got herself a tattoo apprenticeship nearby.

It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I hated my life before, so I hit the reset button and made a change. It was terrifying, but the best decision I’ve ever made—hands down.

Like everything she does in life, Lacey Rose worked hard to give it her all and prove herself. And it paid off. Now she’s doing her thing at the Hart & Huntington shop in Universal Orlando.

I spend hours and hours after work looking through Pinterest and Instagram, educating myself on different tattoo art. 

She’s developed her own signature style now: colorful, cutesy and anime-esque. And it’s a hit in the theme park capital of the world.

No one was doing the colorful art I liked where I lived in Louisiana.

So she branched out by taking her talents to conventions all over the country and started broadcasting her work from there. It wasn’t until she took a trip to Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights that she first stepped foot into Hart & Huntington.

I flipped through their portfolios and saw how everyone’s work was phenomenal. I remember thinking “There are ARTISTS here.”

She left her card at the front counter and landed herself an interview.

I wanted to work someplace where I can grow and be challenged by the artists around me. Everyone’s work here inspires me. And I can be myself.


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