1. How are you holding up?
I’m holding up alright. I’m fortunate enough that I get to create every day for work. Due to this quarantine, I did lose my job for 2 months which definitely affected my mental health. Luckily I have a lot of friends in the same boat as me we all supported each other.
2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way?
Due to Covid-19, I did lose my job for about 2 months. Luckily I live in a small mountain town in Colorado so we were not hit as hard and were able to open up fairly quickly. We have lots of new precautions we have to take. Everyone’s temperature must be taken before getting tattooed, everyone must wear a mask, protective eyewear, aprons, and we are strictly appointment only.
3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to keep after this is all over?
There’s nothing I would like to keep once all these precautions are lifted. We already were blood born pathogens certified and follow all OSHA standards. I’m pretty excited to have my face mask not fog up my glasses when I tattoo anymore.
4. Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well?
I have a lot of tattoo artist friends who have been handling this very well. Whether they are making merchandise like tshirts to create an income or painting. These are very difficult times as artists and it’s important to support your local artists any way you can.
Kat Maxman is a 5th year tattoo artist, living in Glenwood Springs Colorado.