Brazilian newcomer Kat AldenÂ began tattooing to â€śsupport people in the process of building homes for their spirits.â€ť SheÂ feelsÂ the body is a house for the soul,Â an empty space in need of decor before it feels more like a home.Â â€śA tattoo can change the way a person sees themselves,â€ť she explains. â€śIt can change their behavior, which is a way to alter their reality.â€ť Like many tattooers, she considers the process inherently sacred.
To be of maximum service to each client, she meditates daily to rid the mind of clutter. â€śI feel itâ€™s my responsibility to do this. But to take time to observe whatâ€™s around, and whatâ€™s within your own mind is always valuable, no matter what the reason.â€ť
Aldenâ€™s private rituals of self-examination carry over into her public life, as she works to understand as much as possible about each person sitting in front of her. The goal is to ensure each design helps the wearer feel more at home in their body. â€śThe most noble thing I can do as a tattoo artist is to make people feel better aboutÂ themselves, to make them feel their appearance matches their ideas and their values.â€ť
Photos Â© Kat Alden