We had the good fortune of connecting with Chanah “ChaCha” Forg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chanah “ChaCha”, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
One of the more important habits that has helped me succeed so far is surrounding myself with artists that are extremely passionate about the art of tattooing and have a high level of respect for the industry. I feel when you find those artists, you’re able to bounce off so much knowledge producing a lot more inspiration not just in tattooing but in your artwork as well. It creates a tight knit crew and allows me to grow as an artist in general. I also try to give myself time to paint or draw for myself. Before I started my tattoo journey, art was just a hobby or an outlet for me so having it become my job has its cons in the sense that outlet doesn’t provide the same relaxation it once did. My painting and drawing style is actually very different from the way I tattoo all my designs, so I like to do that on the side and I usually just give those artworks away to family or friends. Creating for yourself on your off time is important to keep that passion for art alive.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Getting to where I’m at today was definitely a challenge and it still remains a challenge because with art there is always a vast amount of room for improvement. Everyone knows that artists are their own worst critics so it goes without saying that it is easy to get in your own head and think all of your work is coming out shitty. I will stare at a picture of a tattoo I did for hours looking at what I could’ve done better so everyday is a constant reality check. I think if you want to truly improve it’s important to stay humble throughout your career and that’s a lesson to remember. I’m not sure what sets me apart from others but being a female in the industry definitely helps me attract the type of clientele that enjoys the same type of style of tattooing that I enjoy as well. All of my clients are great people and a lot have actually become personal friends which is one of my favorite things about this job.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Hands down my favorite place to eat is Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ in Hermosa Beach. I love ChaCha Matcha as well. I’ve visited LACMA multiple times, they’re always changing up their exhibits and they’ve got great art there if you’re into that.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The crew at South County Tattoo, they all constantly inspire me with their talent in a variety of styles and I couldn’t ask for better friends or coworkers!