Triple 6 Tattoos has been creating body art on valley residents for a long time.
The shop, tucked into the South Main Plaza on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, has added Shavertown artist, Jenna Stanish, to the mix of talented artists. You may already be familiar with Bruce Fairchild, owner and artist of Triple 6 Tattoos who was on “The Blacklist” nearly a year ago).
As is Fairchild, Stanish, 26, is no stranger to art either.
“I graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine (Florida) with a degree in fine arts,” she said. “I’ve always loved art, it’s been a passion of mine since I was a child.”
After her tenure in Florida, Stanish returned home to NEPA to begin her career.
She started at Triple 6 Tattoos as the desk receptionist, but Fairchild encouraged Stanish to start an apprenticeship which would eventually lead her to break into the tattoo industry.
“I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d do once I graduated,” she said. “I knew friends in the tattoo industry who had similar art backgrounds, they encouraged me to look into it and pursue it, so here I am.”
Stanish said she loves tattooing because of the art, and also for the chance to meet and interact with new people on a regular basis.
“I love it,” she said. “Everyday is different. I couldn’t work in a mundane job, and the fact that I’m doing art makes it even better. It’s every art student’s dream.”
Stanish said she finds her inspiration in everyday places, and through everyday people.
“My inspiration is definitely the little things that often go unnoticed, the stuff that people take for granted. Anything organic, nature-related, free-flowing shapes – they’re beautiful,” she said.
Stanish said she hopes her art will translate to all walks of life.
“Tattoos used to be a fringe thing, but now they’ve evolved into everyone. Anyone from the grade school principal, to the soccer mom, to the 86-year-old first timer, tattoos are for everyone and I hope to help make that a reality,” Stanish said. “One of the most awesome things about this job is helping people change their lives and the way they view themselves once they get a new tattoo. I love that sometimes people, once they get a tattoo, they feel more like themselves. Less like they added something to their body, but more like they’ve added something that was always supposed to be there. I like to think that tattoos help people become who they are.”
Stanish said she plans to be at the Electric City Tattoo Convention in April representing the Triple 6 Tattoos’ booth.
If you don’t want to wait until then to meet her, Stanish said she is currently accepting new clients.
Rachel Holly is a correspondent for Weekender. Reach Weekender at [email protected]
Who: Jenna Stanish, 26
Where: Triple 6 Tattoos, Wilkes-Barre
How long have you been tattooing: Two years
Signature style: “Little bit of everything.”
What inspires you?: “Everyday things.”
Most known for: Illustrative, inventive designs
Follow him: On Instagram @jedoublenuhh