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TRITOAN LY

A bit about myself : Cambodian/Chinese born in Thailand, I moved to New Zealand at the age of four. For most of my life, I’ve lived in South Auckland with my mum and two older siblings. Growing up with a strong asian culture, education was a priority.

My sister would excel through school while I fell behind due to my lack of interest in books. In intermediate, Mum enrolled me for weekly music classes in hopes that I will become a music teacher because being a doctor seemed a little far-fetched. At the age of 16, I moved on from music and started dancing.

At 17, I was competing and winning numerous National break dancing tournaments. At 18, I started working for a company called ‘Creative Learning Scheme’ where I taught dance in the youth prisons full time. After a year of back flipping and spinning on my head, I decided to throw in the towel as a dance teacher as my body was wearing out.

After a week I’d been offered a job as a full-time teacher in alternative education – where I had the privilege to work with for four years. Along the way, I grew interested in photography and eventually became a free lance photographer specializing in fashion and weddings.

In 2013, a friend of mine had convinced me to buy a tattoo machine off trademe for $20 -Without prior knowledge on how to tattoo (or anything for that matter), he allowed me to tattoo him for my first time.

I proceeded and did so to 20 other friends who were stupid enough to trust me with their skin and this was my form of apprenticeship. In my pursuit to becoming a professional tattooist, my goal was to work from a reputable tattoo studio with other amazing artists that would help me grow.

In November 2014 I submitted my portfolio to Dreamhands Studio and was lucky enough to have been accepted to join the team. I was inspired by Han and was taken under his wing. In my short career, I later developed my own style specializing in fine lines, dot work and B&G realism.

In the start of 2016, i made a huge decision to open up my own studio and named it Seventh Day Studio. Now here we are.

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