Dakota L. Herman is a professional artist, music lover, dog hugger, Tattoo Artist, and Body Piercer.
Originally from Long Island, Dakota attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia from 2015-2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration .
Dakota interned for a Philadelphia tattoo professional during the 2017 Spring semester. She learned to draw and paint flash, and became familiar with many things ( and people) in the tattoo community. While being immersed in the tattoo cultures of Philadelphia and New York, she started collecting many of her own tattoos. She prefers the old school works we call American Traditional or even Neo Traditional, which is a stylized and graded version of a traditional design.
After graduation she sought to find an apprenticeship, and eventually contacted Headlight Tattoo. After many months of emails and planning, on April 19, 2019 she traveled to Deptford, NJ for an interview. It was a very busy day for all of the Headlight shops, and after meeting most of the artists at the first two locations -a phone call was made to HL2 and the question was asked, "should I hire her now...do you want to work with her ?". And all the girls said " yes, send her back over". So she was hired on the spot and she drove back over to HL2 where she started work. At first we made room for her; now it seems like we would struggle without her.
She has, in a short time become an integral part of the company and has come along very nicely. She has learned to body pierce with kindness. She demonstrates good judgment and solid opinions on placement and size. This is true with her tattoo work as well. Dakota is confident and comfortable in her ways, and is gentle, clean, and efficient. She is putting out good solid work and has a pretty full schedule of appointments in front of her.
In addition to drawing, painting, and illustrating, Dakota loves concerts and music. She has been a co-organizer, of a concert fundraiser in Wanaque New Jersey called the , " Forget Me Not Fest" - a "Benefit Show" for the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation.
Dakota also creates poster art, stickers, buttons, and various commissioned art. She's had her hand in ceramics and pottery and is creative in many ways.
Take a moment to check out her tattoo work and piercing gallery- and check back from time to time. Dakota Herman's excellent tattoo gallery will, without a doubt, become very full, fun to look at, and interesting. -HJA