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After graduating high school early at 16 years old, Amy followed the art track she began before 1st grade and attended the private art school Columbus College of Art and Design(CCAD) in Columbus, OH. There she developed a strong inclination for Fine Art Oil Painting with a focus on Anatomy, Figure Drawing and Painting, Figurative Oil Painting, and Color Theory.
It was in college that Amy received her first tattoo and began collecting tattoos.
In 1998 she moved to Richmond, Va where she began working for the tattoo studio Alive Gallery for Timothy Hoyer and Chris O’Donnell. She started pursuing a tattoo apprenticeship thru Timothy Hoyer in 1999 and began tattooing in 2000.
Amy took over full ownership of the studio, now known as “Amy Black Tattoo”, in 2005 and currently retains full ownership.
Amy enjoys an eclectic array of styles and continually shifts from one theme to another from client to client. The variety keeps her consistently challenged and engaged as each client requires shifting into a new headspace and complete devotion to the piece’s inception, energy and theme from start to finish which requires focus and controlled creative output. She throws herself into her work to make sure she gets the best results that will stay with her clients until the end of time.
Amy engages in everything from nature/botanicals to scientific themes, realism, japanese, chinese, tibetan and hindu as well as honoring many classical masters like Bernini, Klimt, Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Dali, Picasso, Vermeer and more.
In 2011, Amy began working in another field of tattooing known as “nipple and areola repigmentation” or “mastectomy tattooing” as a part of breast reconstruction for patients post mastectomy due to breast cancer or BRCA diagnosis.