Welcome everyone to May! This month we are introducing our very first spotlight artist of the month, ANGELA DISPIRITO/WOOD. We have been a fan of hers for some time now. Our family here at Maverick is so stoked to share Angela’s work to all of you because of her incredible Color Portrait and realism work.
Angela is a fairly new artist with a little over 3 years of experience! She was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in sculpture/ 3D design. Despite having done her apprenticeship in Plymouth, New Hampshire, Angela is currently located in Manchester, New Hampshire at River Rose Tattoo. Not only is Angela artistic, but she is also musically inclined with over 8 years of experience playing the viola. Angela actually debated with herself in high school on whether to pursue art or music, but ultimately decided to go with her passion of creating art. The clear talent that Angela has is shown through her unique artwork and consistent clientele. We knew she was a great fit for Maverick when we recognized her free-spirited attitude and love for adventure and life! If you are ever in Manchester, NH make sure to check out River Rose Tattoo to see if Angela has any availability.
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Maverick will be highlighting new artists every month, make sure to stay tuned for June’s spotlight artist!
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WHAT ARE SOME FUNNY TATTOO MOMENTS YOU HAVE?
The funniest moment I’ve had so far was tattooing a friend (thankfully) and I was still fairly new at this time. I had him laying on his stomach on a tat soul chair and the base was not lined up with the bed (it was like X shaped). As my friend went to get up off the table- he put too much weight on the front and it started falling forward so I immediately grabbed the bottom part of the bed and snapped off my nails inside my gloves trying to save him from going face first into the floor. Thankfully everyone (except my nails) was okay, and to this day I still burst out laughing thinking about that moment. (Sorry Chris!!!)
DO YOU HAVE A MOMENT THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE? MIND SHARING?
When I was in college, I went to the Azores with an art class to observe our surroundings and eventually come home and make art inspired by our trip. During this trip I was trying to experience everything I could despite any fears I had previously in order to really enjoy everything and fully immerse myself. One of my fears was swimming in the ocean, which really just freaks me out. I decided to go anyway, to ya know- face my fears, and pretty much immediately got stung by a jellyfish.. in a foreign country. Hahah! Thankfully it wasn’t horrible, and in that moment I realized that it’s a waste of time to be afraid and worry about what might happen, and instead just accept what will happen and go from there.
WHAT BOOK OR MOVIE WOULD YOU SAY EVERYONE SHOULD READ OR WATCH? WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THAT SPECIFIC ONE?
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. I read this in high school and I still think about it to this day! It was funny, enlightening, and in general a good one to read.
ANY PERSON THAT YOU WOULD CHANGE PLACES WITH FOR A DAY?
No person I don’t think, but I think it would be cool to see through the eyes of a creature from the depths of the ocean.
WHAT IS SOMETHING WEIRD YOU DO BEFORE BEDTIME?
Ask my husband if he locked the door/shut off the oven and then go all the way downstairs to double check myself because I will not be able to sleep without knowing for sure.
WHO IS THE MOST UNIQUE TATTOOER YOU HAVE EVER MET?
This is a tough one because I haven’t been tattooing for super long so I haven’t had the opportunity to meet a lot of tattooers, but personality wise, Dan Brown ( @downtowndb13 ). I met him at my first convention and he’s hilarious and easy to talk to!
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH STRESS?
Self care! We spend so much time taking care of other people, so we can’t forget to take care of ourselves! I get massages every two weeks, and I also enjoy sensory deprivation tanks! Besides that, CBD(mixed with a lil devils lettuce hahah) helps me stay calm when I’m feeling stressed!
IF YOU WERE TO CHOOSE A BAND TO DESCRIBE YOUR ARTWORK, WHICH BAND WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
Glass Animals! I’ve been listening to them for like a decade, and I specifically enjoy them a lot when I’m making any artwork, or if I need to be inspired. It’s a good mix of weird lyrics and beats that I really enjoy.
TOP 3 ARTISTS YOU ADMIRE? CAN YOU GIVE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION?
My coworkers!!! Ladies first…Caroline(@caroline_yurek_tattoo) and then the boys TJ (@thomasj_ink), Nick (@uninteresdead), and Panda (@bigpandaoner). I know that’s 4, but they are all worth mentioning because they are all super talented and always there to help with design/advice/support whenever needed! Very thankful for my tat fam!