White Oak Tattoo Co.
If you’re looking to get a Gia Rose original, prepare to book ahead of time -- she’s in high demand. She currently divides her time between New York (at Grit ‘N Glory) and Philly, but she owns her own space in our fair city -- the private White Oak Tattoo Co. Her style knows no genre, although she specializes in ornamental, neo-traditional, feminine, and animal work, and sometimes a combination all of them. “I have always thought of tattoos as a narrative. Tracing tattooing back along history to its earliest times that involved images of animals or landscapes, you can see the narrative in it. I personally believe that it's in the imagery that we tell your story,” she explains. “In a small way, etching something in our skin is that last moment of carrying something to our grave and throughout our lives regardless of status, race, gender, or experience... it's the only belonging we choose to have that we can take with us all the way to the end.”