Tricia “Figgy” Atkinson opened Figure 8 Ink Studios, Art School & Private Tattoo Studio, in 2015 with a dream to bring her passion and knowledge in the Arts to her community. Tricia was born and raised in downtown Fredericksburg, VA and comes from a long line of teachers in this area. Tricia graduated 8th in her class at James Monroe High School and then went on to earn her Undergraduate degree and State Art Instructors license in Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington. After graduating she was hired by Spotsylvania County Schools and taught Art 1-4 at Massaponax High School from 2008-2016, running a busy schedule of dynamic modern lessons in a variety of media, as well as sponsoring the National Art Honor Society and earning many awards on county, state, and national level Art competitions with her students. The Art Department at Massaponax was voted Best in Virginia 2015 by Virginia Living Magazine, and many of her students have gone on to art schools and successful careers across the country.
Retiring from public school in 2016, Tricia now has turned her talents in the Art education field to running a full curriculum of art classes in a variety of media at Figure 8 Ink, along with other instructors, including Advanced Art, Intro to Art, Sewing Collage, Mixed Media Painting and Pottery: Wheel Throwing, to name a few. She continues to lead community art shows, paint party events, volunteer activities, and annual international art education trips. She was featured artist at Fredericksburg’s Annual Via Colori chalk art festival 2016, a judge in the annual Zombie Walk event 2016, and a vendor at the Art Attack and Earth Day Festivals.
Tricia also received several awards at Tattoo Conventions in 2016, including 1st Runner Up at the Miss RVA Tattoo and Arts Expo Pinup Competition, as well as winning both awards at the same event for Best Hair and Best Make-Up. She also won 1st Runner Up at the D.C. Tattoo Arts Expo 2017, and also Best in Show Skate Deck Design for 2017 at the DC Expo.
Tricia uses her experiences teaching in public school, connections in the art community, her undergrad degree in Art, her masters degree in Education Technology Media Design from Full Sail University, and her years of travel abroad to give a unique and engaging approach to Art studio management.
Tricia also is a popular licensed professional tattoo artist in the Fredericksburg area. She was sponsored and worked part time 2012-2015 at Ugly Bishop’s Tattoo Shop on Lafayette Blvd. She now takes private appointments at Figure 8 Ink and is known for her excellent customer service, and the creation of custom artistic pieces that reflect the personality and tastes of her client. She believes that getting a tattoo should be an enjoyable experience in which both artist and client together produce an artistic representation of self. Her professionalism and distinct background offer a unique level of accessibility to this booming arts based culture. She is known for her strong work in a variety of styles, especially decorative neo traditional, illustrative color, and realistic black and grey. Beyond teaching, traveling, and tattooing, Tricia also enjoys pursuing her other personal interests which include fashion design, modeling, educational podcasting, cooking, music, and collaborating with her crew on a variety of community projects.