Once a male-dominated industry, more women than ever are tattooing. But what is it like being a female tattoo artist? Pretty badass. We sat down with Kim Saigh, a tattoo artist in Los Angeles who has created thousands of custom designs for her clients.

“I never felt like I fit in any conventional career path that was suggested to me early on,” she says, continuing , “The second the needle hits the skin, everything in the world drops away.”

Saigh started her career in Chicago, where she developed a signature illustrative style, before moving to the west coast to star on the reality show “LA Ink.” She is now co-owner of Memoir Tattoo, an appointment-only, custom tattoo studio that’s typically booked a few months in advance. Considering the amount of detail Saigh puts into her colorful illustrations, which include animals, flowers, and fantasy art, that comes as no surprise.

Keep watching to learn more about her life as a tattoo artist.