Tattoo artist makes her mark in Troy

May 18, 2018 11:46 AM

Jessica LaChance's element is ink.

"There was this notion that only criminals get tattooed," she noted.

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Now, tattooing has gone mainstream. It's a way, she says, for people to express who they are.

"If you can put something on your body that says to the outside world, this is who I am and this is what I believe in or these are the things that are important to me, to risk going against the norms of society, I think is so individually powerful," explained LaChance.

Her creative eye is setting her apart from others.

However, making her mark didn't come quickly for the Russell Sage grad.

"I actually have a master's degree in higher ed administration, so I worked in higher ed for three years," she pointed out.

She was an apprentice but didn't think she could stick to doing it full-time.

"I was afraid to turn for a long, long time, my passion into my profession. I just kind of did it more as something on the side," explained LaChance.

The business has been dominated by men. Even today, she says it's hard for women.

"You ask any woman who has gotten anywhere in this industry and the things that they have gone through – you wouldn't even compare it to probably half of the men that are out there," asserted LaChance.

Around 2006, she got a chance to audition for a TV show called "NY Ink" and got the stamp of approval for two seasons.

"I loved it. It was very stressful, but I loved it," she recalled.

The show ignited her. On July 13, 2012, she opened Ms. Dixie's Tattoo in Troy.

"In traditional tattoo culture, '13' is lucky, it's not unlucky. So it's kind of taking this notion and turning it lucky and it's been great for me."

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