PORTLAND’S WORLD-CLASS TATTOO ARTIST
Tanya Magdalena is a well-rounded artist, working within many mediums and disciplines. Award winning tattoos, drawing, painting, graphic, web and publication design, sewing, bellydancing, stained glass, and stained glass pattern-making, jewelry, leather working and Zen-Art of motorcycle maintenance. Tanya earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Graphic & Publication Design, from California State University, Chico in 1994. In 1997, she moved to Portland, Oregon, and make quick work of the corporate ladder, rapidly earning herself a position as a Senior Designer at Xerox. In 2003 Tanya “lost her taste” for the corporate culture, and has since devoted her passion and talent, to operating a successful tattoo business, other artistic pursuits, and strives to bring happiness to herself, and those her art touches.
Tanya’s love affair with tattoos began in 1986, at the age of 14. Tanya got her first tattoo in 1988. After going to college, and spending 15 years in the graphic design field, she was ready to pursue her childhood dream. In 2005 Tanya got her tattoo education/apprenticeship from her teacher and mentor, the infamous Rio DeGennaro, learning the art and craft of tattoo, along with the strictest tattooing and sanitation regulations in the world. Rio has been tattooing since 1962. Like his father before him, he worked down on the Pike in Long Beach, California with Bert Grimm, among others. After a year in a street shop, Tanya opened Above the Pearl Tattoo, LLC in NW Portland in September 2007. After 7 years in downtown Portland, Tanya moved the studio to a new light, bright, private location, in charming Historic Milwaukie, just 10 minutes south of the old location. Above the Pearl Tattoo, LLC was awarded Best of Citysearch: Tattoo Portland 2009 and 2011, was published in Bob Baxter’s and Mary Gardener’s Tattoo Road Trip : The Best of Oregon, National Tattoo Association’s Friends, Family and Faith – a tribute to Tony Edwards, and various online publications. Tanya continues to gather rave reviews from her clients.
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