Frewsburg High School graduate, Lacey Miller has the unique experience of putting her art on others.
The owner of Red Bird Tattoo in Fredonia, Miller attended Jamestown Community College before transferring to SUNY Fredonia.
“I would not change my college experience for anything. It was a major point in my life regarding self-growth and self-awareness,” Miller said.
A psychology major, Miller also minored in visual arts which allowed her to create a professional art portfolio that she used to land a tattoo apprenticeship. Soon after, she started her career at Divine Machine Tattoo in Buffalo.
“If I was to offer any advice to students (interested in the tattoo industry) it would be to draw, draw, draw, and paint, paint, paint,” Miller said. “More and more tattoo artists are art graduates now.”
And while her art is permanent, Miller says it’s the people she has met along her seven years in the industry that stick with her.
“The most memorable moments within my career, are the people I have gotten to meet. I meet people from all walks of life, in all different places in their lives and help them…through self-expression,” Miller said.
Red Bird Tattoo is located at 355 Central Avenue, Suite F in Fredonia. To see some of Miller’s latest work, visit Red Bird Tattoo on Facebook.
This is part of a series focusing on students who have received scholarship assistance from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and returned to, or stayed in, the area to live and work. If you were a scholarship recipient and want to share your story, contact Sarah Marciniak at 661-3390 or email@example.com.
Current high school seniors or college students interested in learning more about the scholarship opportunities available through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation can learn more here. Applications are now available for the 2015-2016 school- year and are due June 1.