Amy Zager’s Watercolor Tattoos are Saturated, Technical, and Downright Pretty to Look at
Painting with Needles
Amy Zager is as vibrant and colorful as the watercolor tattoos she’s carving her reputation out with. Hailing from the Windy City, she’s a traveling artist who calls her home Boulder, or Seattle, or the Bay Area or Kona or wherever feels nice or right at the time. She’s always loved colorful tattoos, so when watercolor tattooing burst onto the scene, she found the style she’d been waiting for. Zager dove into that technicolor world and hasn’t looked back. If she’s not tattooing, drawing or cuddling up on her couch, Zager’s usually roaring around on her motorcycle, or getting swol at the gym. She’s a badass—a fiendish, tattoo-painter badass.
How long have you been tattooing for and where did you get your start? I started tattooing as an apprentice in 2010 and was fortunate enough to start working at the studio full time in less than a year. As of March 17th, 2021, tattooing has been my “real job” for ten years! I can’t imagine any other line of work being so professionally and personally fulfilling to me.
Do you do regular watercolor painting, or just watercolor tattoo? I *wish* I had enough time to paint for myself! Most all my creative juice outside the studio goes into researching and designing my next client’s piece. I have a soft spot for ridiculous hand painted furniture and have tried my hand at a few desks and dressers with some commercial success! But if I do have time to dabble in something self indulgent, it’s usually digital art.