We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Elliott and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brittany, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to start a shop that encompassed everything I was passionate about; Tattooing, music, and art. I wanted to start a business of my own so that I could showcase all of my talents in and outside of tattooing. It’s also nice not having to answer to someone and being my own boss.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I make all kinds of art, but am probably most proud of my one of a kind pieces of furniture I make. I have always collected rock n roll memorabilia, so I took my love for music and antique furniture and combined the two. I love taking old pieces of antique furniture and breathing new life into them. My heart has always been in tattooing, but I love to paint and make all kinds of stuff. I got to where I am at today purely through hard work. I have always believed that you could achieve your goals through hard work, and never really had a choice.. I didn’t have rich parents or any kind of hand out. I had to work, and I love to work. Working gives me purpose. It was not easy getting to where I am at in life and it has come with countless challenges, but I wake up every day grateful that I have a ton of support and the ability to make art for a living every day. I have worked in countless tattoo shops, have overcome a lot of challenges professionally and learned a lot of hard lessons throughout the years, but have learned that standing on my own two feet without anyone in my way is exactly where I need to be. Whether it is tattooing or making furniture for a client, I have the ability to make people happy daily through my art and that is pretty awesome to me. I want the world to know that through perseverance, the willingness to succeed and hard work, your dreams are possible.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my friend was visiting me for a week, I can guarantee she would first want to be in the tattoo chair, but then I would probably take her to Aw Shucks for some Oysters and maybe a trip to white rock lake. I know she would love the Doublewide and of course I would try to find a metal show or five to take her to. I also love Fred’s Texas and Spiral Diner. Opposite ends of the spectrum, but two of my favorites.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to Calaveras Tattoo in San Antonio. I was getting tattooed at Calaveras in 2005/2006 and they saw something in me and gave me a chance at tattooing. I had asked several shops in town, including a friend of my mom’s who tattooed her, for apprenticeships and no one would take me seriously. Calaveras Tattoo is owned by an amazing woman named Erika Klebahn and her husband Dave, who are huge inspirations to me. They spent all of their time together either tattooing, painting or making other art. Their dedication to art and metal inspired me a lot and I believe helped shape my life in some way. Although Calaveras Tattoo helped me get my start in my career, my biggest mentor and support in life will forever be my Dad. My dad encouraged me and supported me no matter what I wanted to do in life. He is my forever hero.

Website: BZTATTOO.COM Thehauntedchapel.com

Instagram: @bzelliott

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