WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Gia Rose left home as a teenager and spent years as a “freight train hopper”.
Eventually, she emerged from homelessness and earned an apprenticeship as a tattoo artist.
She spent the next decade moving across America, always looking for better opportunities in the industry.
She eventually ended up in Philadelphia, where her fame began to soar.
But at the age of 31, she was diagnosed with cancer. After beating cancer, she was cast as a contestant on cable reality show Ink Master.
A fan favorite, she was asked to return for a spin-off of the show called Ink “Master: Angels” with an all-female cast.
Unfortunately, complications from her cancer developed, forcing her to leave the show early.
Determined to use her fame for good, she decided to open her own studio in West Chester, a suburb of Philadelphia.
As one of the first female-owned tattoo parlors in America, Gia uses her studio to empower other female artists and build her own mentoring network.
Clients come to White Oak Tattoo from all over the world, and when you want Gia, patience is a virtue. It’s usually fully booked for six months.
She also frequently works out of New York City at Inked Magazine’s famed studios.
https://abc7.com/tattoo-ink-west-chester-angel/12247944/ Tattoo fans from all over the world have been waiting for months to make an appointment with ink angel Gia Rose