Realising her niche in art and inking, the founder of Pink Tattoos abandoned her advertising career and listened to her heart’s desire.
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FEMALE: How did you end up owning your own tattoo parlour?
Lynda: “After graduating in graphic design and advertising, I worked as a copywriter for a few years. However, it wasn’t fulfilling and I couldn’t see myself doing it for the next decade or 20 years. So I decided to do something about it and when the opportunity came, I went into tattooing. Seven years later, we’ve got Pink Tattoos in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, and I’ve got a team under me. It’s been pretty good.”
FEMALE: Has tattooing always been a dream?
Lynda: “Well, it wasn’t planned. But I’ve done art for as long as I can remember, so I guess it’s a natural progression. Tattooing just came as an opportunity, and I decided that this is something I could do and very well too. I’ve always been interested in tattoos and the art of tattooing, so when the opportunity arose, I took it and ran with it.”
FEMALE: Were you afraid of doing something new?
Lynda: “As with all new start-ups, it’s always a bit daunting cos you don’t know what’s ahead. The fears were there, and still are, but it’s also more about how you can make yourself better, how you can become the best and how successful you can be. By trying to improve yourself every day, it helps remove the fears.”
FEMALE: What’s the biggest obstacle in the tattooing industry?
Lynda: “There are two aspects of this business: I run a studio with people in it and tattooing itself is a very people-oriented industry, so the (biggest) obstacle we face every day is managing people – whether it’s managing people who work with me or people who come in as clients.”
FEMALE: How did you know it was the right path to take?
Lynda: “When I put my heart to something, I do it, I do it well and I make sure I follow through. Plus, I took a big leap from a very comfortable job and a pay cut to do something I was just going on by my gut feeling.”
FEMALE: The most important thing to have is…
Lynda: “A really, really good set of friends and family who support you. In times of doubt, I’ve a strong support network, especially in my husband, Su Keats, who is always there to talk to me about anything I’m unsure of or whenever problems arise.”
FEMALE: What are you most thankful about?
Lynda: “I am very happy with what I have right now. It’s been quite a journey but I’m grateful I get to do what I love and make a living out of it, and feel fulfilled going to work every day.”
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