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Katja joins us as our guest on Mar 17 & 18, 2019!

Katja grew up building legos, catching bugs and daydreaming. She wanted to be a pilot, an environmentalist and an actress, but after high school she went into esthetics. She competed in nail competitions, judged them, and taught across Canada for OPI. After a couple years she made a brief switch into modelling in Toronto, then again into the oilfield and went through several speeding tickets, mud tanks and hair colours. She drove a vac truck on the rigs for a couple years while teaching herself to tattoo. After tattooing in the Peace River area of BC for a year, she moved back to Saskatchewan to open her own tattoo studio.

Katja lovingly owns and operates Mama Tried - Tattoo Smith in Saskatoon, and loves working in a community where artists and collectors get to co-create. Some of her favourite things to tattoo include portraits, anything related to nature, and blending realistic and illustrative styles. She adores getting unique concept ideas -whatever the subject may be - and weaving the story into images that say more than words ever could. That said, she also enjoys tattooing feel-good flash that is just plain fun to look at!


Check out Katja's Instagram @mamatried.tattoosmith for recent work and to see where she ends up next!