So you want my arts job: Tattoo Artist

What does it take to be a tattoo artist? We speak with Ink Sphinx about how she broke into the industry.
Nina K Pirola, aka Ink Sphinx, is a Sydney-based tattoo artist. Image: Supplied.

Nina K Pirola is a Sydney-based tattoo artist who works under the moniker Ink Sphinx.

Pirola graduated from University of Technology, Sydney with a double degree – Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication and Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (2017-2020). She has also worked as a research assistant in these areas.

It is not surprising that her website presents her work as a photographer, illustrator and a potter. On her LinkedIn profile she says of her practice: ‘As a visual communications designer, I am intrigued by the intersection of social problem-solving and effective design… I find the process of designing to a shared vision to be incredibly fulfilling, as my passion involves designing for positive social and environmental impact.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina