The Art of Carissa Rose

Miss Carissa Rose

We love this girl. We asked her a bunch of questions and this is what she had to say:

1.How old are you?

Right now I am 20 years old, born March 3rd 1992.

2. You say you’re self- taught. Can you elaborate on this? How did you learn and get so good?

I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember, my first piece was a sharpie drawing on my parents bedroom wall haha. It’s still there in my grandmas house. I’ve always been drawn to art for some reason, more than anything, specifically portraits. I’d always draw in class and after school, and I always asked for the “How to Draw” books for Christmas and birthdays. When I was in elementary school I would draw portraits of my grandma’s miniature horses, and then I started drawing people in middle school. I always used pencils for art and did only grayscale pieces.

After I had switched from highschool to homeschool sophomore year, I graduated before I turned 17 and started looking into becoming a tattoo artist. My father was knew a tattoo shop owner, and asked him to take a look at my work. Shortly after I was to start an apprenticeship at the shop, and decided to try and work on more tattoo style color work. That was when I started using watercolors and fell in love. I worked at the shop for about two years and then decided to take a break to focus more on artwork on paper. I try to draw and paint at least a few hours every day, and I think the only way to improve is to keep doing it so that is my focus. I still have a lot to improve on, and I’m excited to start exploring new mediums [sic], such as oil. I’d also like to get back into tattooing in the future.

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3. Who are your favorite artists?

My favorite artists tend to change quite frequently. I’m always finding new and incredible work from new artists every day online. There are so many amazing artists out there, and it’s hard to keep up! If I had to choose a few of my absolute favorites of all time, I’d have to say I adore Andy Warhol, Banksy, and the tattoo artist Jesse Smith.

4. What do you see yourself doing 5 years from now?

I’d hope to be doing the same thing I am now, but on a larger scale. I’d love to be able to spend all of my time focusing on art and be able to hire someone to take care of the business side of things. All I want to do is draw and paint all day, and that’s my goal. I’d love to be tattooing as well, but tattooing requires so much confidence! It takes time to build, but one day I’m confident I will be able to handle the pressure.

5. Do you do custom work?

I do occasionally take custom work, however, it depends on when you catch me. My business is still in the beginning stages and it takes a lot of time and work to keep up with, so it’s hard to find time to do custom pieces.

6. Do you sustain yourself with your artwork sales or do you have a day job?

My day job was tattooing for a while, but after a while of selling on etsy, it became impossible to keep up with the orders and a full time job. I cut my tattooing down to 4 days a week, but even then I didn’t have enough time for etsy. At that point it was quit or continue working at that level of craziness that I couldn’t keep up with. It was bad for my etsy business, and I was making enough to not need a day job, but it was hard. I was making just barely enough to stay afloat. Things are starting to pick up, and even though at times it’s a struggle, I wouldn’t trade it. I love being able to share my work, and the fact that people enjoy it in itself is such an honor to me.

We at Wink discovered Carissa’s art when researching Day of the Dead Pinups. I came across this image and used it to create the centerfold of last year’s October issue:

7. What did you think when I posted that centerfold pic I recreated from one of your designs? And also, have people gotten tattoos from other artists of your work? How do you feel about that?

When people get tattoos done of my artwork, I couldn’t be more honored. The fact that someone enjoys my work enough to get it permanently tattooed on them blows my mind every time it happens. There’s no better feeling of accomplishment I think, and I don’t see it as them stealing my art for their tattoo, rather the ultimate compliment. I absolutely love it! (the recreation of her drawing being made into a photoshoot) I was so excited when I first saw it, and I think it is fabulous!

That is how I first contacted her- found her page on facebook and realized she was incredibly talented and worthy of a cover and feature article! Way to go lady! You’re awesome! OH and check out this rad giveaway she came up with!

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