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BLACKHAWX Artist Series | Karlee Sabrina

Since the first time we laid eyes on her awesome black and grey realism tattoo work, the team here at BLACKHAWX have been huge fans of Karlee Sabrina. Tattooing out of Garage Ink in Brisbane, Karlee is fast making a name for herself as one of the hottest artists in the country, so we tracked her down and threw a few questions her way to find out a little more about the girl behind the gun.


What kind of music do you listen to?

My playlist ranges from Eminem and Lady Gaga to Michael Buble and Elton John... does that answer your question? 


What's your favourite drink? 
Alcoholic? Jack Daniels.  Non Alcoholic:  Apple Juice!

Nightclub or Pub?
Pub for sure. Not into the club scene. I'm an old lady.


How did you get into being a tattoo artist?
Kind of just happened! always wanted to do it though so it’s my dream job


Did you realise you had this talent at an early age or is it something that came about later on?
I guess so? Mum says as soon as I could hold a pencil I was drawing. I think some people are born and just have it and some don't. 


Who are your biggest inspirations in your work and personal life?
Teneile Napoli of course (boss lady) we work and live together so we're never apart, we go through thick and thin together. Such a talented and driven woman. And my Mumma of course, the loveliest lady in the world, can't not love her. She is a huge part of my life and i wouldn't be as career driven or where i am without her supporting my every step. Love mum to death. 


What's your favourite tattoo you've done so far?
I don't believe I have a favourite. But i definitely have a fair few ones that I love :) but I think everybody likes different things in their own way, something I really like, another might not like at all. What matters most is that my clients are in love with their tattoo and to them their own is the favourite :) 


Have you had any weird experiences in your life as a tattoo artist that you can share with us?
Weird is normal to me haha I'm the biggest weirdo of them all!


What have been some of the best things about starting to gain a strong rep and success in the industry?
Well I've still got a long long way to go! I'm only a baby in the industry :) but the road so far has been a big one and I love it. One of the best things is people actually want you! and they will come from all over, sometimes it’s kind of like... why me? are you sure you want to fly all the way just to be tattooed by me? are you sure? haha its just crazy!


Anyone you'd like to give a shout out to?
All the girls at the studio :) they know who they are...but for those who don't know!! Castelle (she runs the place and without her there wouldn't be a studio! she's amazing)Teneile,Tori, Juannita, Kimberley, Whitney, Sam Lacey & Cleo - Love you all!


Thanks Karlee!


Make sure you go and follow Karlee on Instagram to keep up to date with the amazing ink work she produces on a daily basis! Here's some of her work to give you an idea of just how good she is!