Young Entrepreneurs: Custom Ink At Studio 24 Tattoos

By Robyn Gautschy
The Register-Mail, Galesburg, Ill.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Andria Wages discusses her favorite tattoos, the ins and outs of running a tattoo shop, and how her love for tattoos first started.


“What are you going to do with all those tattoos when you get older?”

It’s been said by parents to their children for generations, and Andria Wages would like to answer that question once and for all.

“The oldest person I have tattooed was 73. It was on her bucket list,” said Wages, the 32-year-old tattoo artist and owner at Studio 24 Tattoos in Galesburg. “Since then I have had the pleasure of tattooing many in that age range. The one thing they have all said to me is that they wish they would have started getting tattooed sooner! The love of tattoos is definitely ageless.”

Wages has been working for herself since her early 20s, and before that, she learned plenty of business lessons by working with her aunt and uncle in their flooring business.

She became an entrepreneur herself in September 2016, opening her own tattoo shop on Broad Street after several years working at Phoenix Tattoo Studio.

Wage’s main goal, she says is to create original, one-off tattoos for her clients.

“Tattoos are very personal to anyone who has one,” she said. “No one should ever run into their tattoo double walking down the street. Your tattoo should be as original as you are.”

Read on as Wages discusses her favorite tattoos, the ins and outs of running a creative business, and how her love for tattoos first started.

Register-Mail: First, some background on you: Where did you grow up and go to school? What kind of work did you do before becoming a tattoo artist?

Andria Wages: I was born and raised in Peoria and attended Limestone Community High School near the Greater Peoria Airport. Originally, I wanted to be a graphic designer. My junior year I placed sixth in state in graphic design through Vica Skills USA. After working in management for a few years, I studied tattooing under a couple of artists in New York.

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