We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryane Urie/Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryane, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I think everyone (we at least I assume) want to create something special and unique when they forge ahead on their own. I honestly just wanted a place where i could work with amazing people and energy, and as simple as that sounds, there is a lot of darker sides to the tattoo industry than people talk about. Over and over again when i worked at other tattoo shops i discovered what I wanted was more of a need than a personal desire. I looked around and realized that there weren’t any all female tattoo shops, ESPECIALLY, queer owned and or majority operating them. It was unheard of and honestly laughed about. I knew I couldn’t be the only one feeling the need for a shift in how to treat clients and a space to exist in body art with others and ourselves. Also a place were clients wouldn’t fear a tattoo artist purposely messing up their permanent body art because how they identify or love. I know that sounds crazy, but I’ve heard and seen these things happen within the last 7 years of my career. Its horrible. So my process was more of an okay… here we go, as opposed to what I assume is the normal, i saved up and I’m ready to dive into my own business. Which are both awesome, just very different feelings of safety and support.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art mediums expand everywhere from wood burning, acrylic paint, spray paint, to body art. I hope what sets me apart from others in my crafts are my abilities to almost hand draw anything onto people as tho they themselves were a canvas. I am the most proud and excited about our shop in Denver and how we have grown into all the things we can possibly offer our community. The front half of the shop is an art gallery for local artists to be celebrated and as you walk through the glass door to the back there is a private studio for 3 other amazing female artists working in a sacred space with clients. It has been a challenge every step of the way building this business model of an all inclusive tattoo shop with push back such as vandalism, hate letters, and digital harassment, but honestly, that only supports the fact that the world needs a safe space. One of the most important things I’ve learned thus far in being a business owner is very simple… it is simply don’t feed the bad energy, comments, and humans. The world has a lot of hurt, and maybe not ready to let go of hate, but that doesn’t mean its yours to carry. NOT EASY, but just keep rising above and moving forward. If the world were to know anything from our experience, its that you are valuable, you deserve to follow your dreams, and that despite all the negative push back you maybe get, its worth it. Having that one client cry because they finally can be them in your presence, that’s why. Be their champion. Its worth it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I thought you would never ask!!!! Well I am the MOST excited about the speak easy that’s apart of the Clayton Hotel, its a swanky sneaky vibe that you feel the transition from the real world to your own by the artist hired to paint the hall way all the way to the entrance. I would also want to take them to Mutiny Book store off of south Broadway and get my dose of coffee, and great old friends. After I’m all juiced up I would want to walk them through the 5280’s toy store further on south broadway, its a step back into time and a great way to spend an hour in your childhood. By then I would be hungry so I would want to go to eat at my fave spot, Humboldt. The octopus is fire!!! Well until i watched my octopus teacher, so that’s an emotional journey. Lol But ya that would be the majority of it all.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh man, where to begin on giving shout outs here, I have been so fortunate to have most of my clients be my best teachers as my journey has progressed. So I would mostly want to give that accolade to all of them. Learning how to better communicate my needs, how to listen, how to adapt, and within learning new languages and forms of communication I’ve been able to reach more amazing people and it has helped me grow my company into a lovely space for all because of those moments. I am very great full for every single experience with my clients in my chair, they helped shape my company and myself honestly.