Dawn Marie Stevens - Cosmetic Dermagraphic Artist
After leaving art college, Dawn went to work at Brent's prestigious tattoo studio in Dunstable from 1979 - 1984. Liaising with some of the finest tattoo artists in the world: Horoshi III, Don Ed Hardy, George Bone, Dennis Cockel and Lal Hardy to name but a few, gaining valuable knowledge and insights into tattooing techniques and equipment.
Being a talented artist with an eye for aesthetics, colour and detail, Dawn was commissioned to design personal pieces for clients both in house and many others from all over the world. She and Brent went on to win several awards for their designs and artistic achievements. In 1982 Dawn won an award for being the most beautifully tattooed lady in Great Britain - a tattoo of exquisite beauty that she created herself and tattooed by Brent which marked a turning point in the standard of designs in the world of tattoos!
Dawn has often been described as a living work of art with her exotic and bold personal style which is reminiscent of the iconic Geisha crossed with essence of Flamenco dancer.
Often photographed, Dawn has appeared on post card's; in magazines and national television for the BBC's "Looking Good, Feeling Fit" as well as The National Photography Museum in London.
Feeling a need for a change of direction, Dawn began to study art therapy, counseling and other alternative therapies, and went on to work for social services in Ealing and Harrow. She brought the same passion, empathy and dedication to her work with the elderly and children as she did to her art and creativity.
For a number of years she was semi-retired to become a full time mother to her youngest son and moved to a quiet village in Lincolnshire to raise him in an atmosphere more conducive to his well being and development.
Dawn returned to the art world in 2007 once again creating individual personalised tattoos and specialising in water-colour designs for ladies with a particular gift for portraiture and beautiful faces, even so, She found the thought of tattooing the face for cosmetic reasons a little daunting due to the limitations of the machines and inks being used, so she sought out the newest and finest machines and superior pigments from the most reputable companies to ensure excellent results, with the greatest precision and longevity. Inferior inks can result in more rapid fading and the need for more frequent top-up's. The Neuma classic and the Hybrid are Dawn's favourite machines due to their pencil like quality and lightness of touch but she also uses The Stigma; Hawk and more conventional machines depending on the requirements of the task at hand.
Dawn's desire for perfection has always meant more to her than a big bank balance and this is reflected in her price scaling as Dawn believes that beauty should be within the financial grasp of everybody without sacrificing the highest quality.