Princeton tattoo artist found hiscalling right out of high school

Photo by Austin Gerth, Union-Times Mayry sketching a design on a backlit surface.

Taelor Mayry has been working as a tattoo artist for about three years at Anchor 13 Tattoo in downtown Princeton.
“I started two months after graduating high school,” he said.
The owner of Anchor 13, Travis Norby, gave Mayry his first tattoos when he turned 18. Later, Mayry asked if Norby ever needed any help around the shop, and eventually found his way into a career.
“I got lucky,” he said.
To become a full-time artist, Mayry had to complete hundreds of hours of supervised tattooing to become a licensed body art technician through the state of Minnesota. He compared the process to the licensure required for hairstylists in salons. He also had to complete blood borne pathogens training to be in compliance with OSHA.
Mayry was already interested in art before he started working at Anchor 13. An aspiring tattoo artist needs to be able draw well with plain old pen and paper to become proficient with the needle.
“Art is probably the only class I took seriously in school,” Mayry said. Each customer’s tattoo request that comes in presents its own small challenges. Although customers obviously have the final say over their tattoos, Mayry does have some personal favorite subjects for his art.
“Black and gray, skulls and flowers, no happy medium,” he said. “I could draw them for the rest of my life.”
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