We had the good fortune of connecting with Lydia Dudoit and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lydia, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Funny thing is, it pretty much fell in my lap! I also think that artists don’t pursue creative work/careers, but more so are driven to them. If that makes sense. When I was offered a tattoo apprenticeship I had to decide between cosmetology school (which I wanted to do since I was 6) and a tattoo apprenticeship. I’m still not sure what made me choose tattooing but I’m so glad I did. Once I got started I knew instantly that was it for me. I’ve done a few other things while tattooing as a way to stay creative; photography, product design, graphic design etc. But tattooing is and has remained number 1!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My driving force has always been making people feel good in their skin. Tattooing and permanent makeup is just the medium I use to do the work. While my tattoo designs are light hearted most of the time, I recognize that there is something special in these moments. To bring something into the world that never existed before is really magical and it takes both parties, the artist and the client. For these reasons my approach to tattooing and permanent makeup is more client centric and it has absolutely changed my career being able to do my work the way I want to. Honoring the client and the space and tattooing in general.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live and work in Las Vegas most of the time and we are definitely not short on things to do! I love the arts district and recommend spending a few days just there exploring. My favorite restaurants in the area include Tacotarian and Cornish Pasty which I tell everyone about. The Arts Factory is really great too with dozens of galleries and maker boutiques all in one building. The Mob Museum and Neon Museum are pretty spectacular as well. I also love spooky stuff so for those who aren’t easily scared I definitely suggest doing the Haunted Museum tour.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Growing as an artist and especially a business owner is definitely not a solo venture! I have had a few people guide and mentor me over the years in different facets. My husband has been incredibly encouraging through the business venture and continues to be one of the most supportive people in my life. My colleagues and clients also inspire and push me constantly, although they may not know it! I’m truly thankful for all of them.