“Colors of Mayville” -
Uber conservatively raised Maytee Bringas, 36, did not bat an eye at 22 when she got her first tattoo. “It was something off the wall but I’d been yearning for a tattoo since the age of 15,” recalls Bringas. “Once I had it, I was hooked.”
Fourteen years later and nearly fully tattooed, Bringas’s enthusiasm for tattooing hasn’t waned. In fact, her keen eye for design and color has led her to expand her tattoo skills to the world of art and fashion.
In 2006, Bringas launched Mayeville, a print collection of colorful and lighthearted girlish illustrations. These Sanrio inspired designs are both, irreverent and innocent, playful yet sexy – qualities which are completely reflective of the artist.
“My art is cute and bubbly,” explains Bringas. “Mayeville is a delusional world full of sweet characters. I use simple bold lines with lots of color, like Hello Kitty – I love to draw this type of art.”
Through Mayeville, Bringas hopes to further develop the brand by developing a clothing and accessories line.
Bringas credits husband Phat Joe, of famed ink spot, Phat Joe’s Tattoo Parlour, with encouraging her to explore her artistic instincts. As co-owner of Phat Joe’s, Bringas honed the artistic inclinations long buried from her days as a youth at Hialeah Junior High School.
“I was surrounded by art and it re-sparked my need to draw,” says Bringas. “I’ve always been an artist. I didn’t do anything or pursue it until I met Joe because I didn’t think it was hot.”
Clearly, Bringas’ playful illustrations are hot and in demand.
“I love what I do. It will never get old,” asserts Bringas. “This is my lifestyle.”