Meet the Others: Bluestone Babe
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“I am Rosa Bluestone Perr — Bluestone is my mother’s last name and my middle name. I am a hand-poke tattoo artist (among other mediums).”
“I was born and raised in NYC by artists and activists who always encouraged creative expression and for that I am forever grateful.”
Q&A with the Artist
What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
I have always been inspired by religious and folk art. I view the natural world as magical and holy and like to portray this in my work through halos and ray beams of light. I am in awe of birds, specifically their wings and the felines who walk around with such a beautiful and badass ferocity. Mortality is also something that I think about a lot and this comes through in my art. Life is short and hard and sad and beautiful and death is a reality for all life.
How did you first get interested in tattooing and what draws you to it specifically?
I first started tattooing because I wanted a minimalist fine lined, yet hand drawn looking tattoo and I didn’t see any artists doing the exact kind of work I wanted. I have always been one to figure out how something works, teach myself and practice until I have perfected it.
Tattoos are a form of self love, to adorn your body with art you love, to reclaim your body in a world that is always telling us we aren’t enough and that we don’t have control over our bodies. This message comes through in my designs, empowering images of regal creatures and adornments spreading the message of self love.
How has your style changed over the years?
As I’ve gotten better at tattooing I can do bigger more complex pieces but I still prefer the smaller minimalistic pieces. When I tattoo I only use black ink and thin lines but with other art forms such as painting and print making I have enjoyed playing around with colors and thicker painted layers.
What project are you working on next?
When the pandemic began and I was unable to tattoo I returned to pursuing other creative mediums I never had time to do when I was so busy tattooing. I really enjoyed working on these prints knowing they would hang on walls rather than skin. This knowledge of their impermanence allowed me to have more fun with design and color than I do with tattoos which I prefer to keep minimalistic and only black. I have also become obsessed with dying and embroidering clothing right now and excited to continue to pursue other art forms.
What is the best advice given to you as an artist?
Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to produce something perfect, just have fun with it.
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