About Tanya

About Tanya Magdalena:
My love affair with tattoos began in 1986, at the age of 14. I got my first tattoo in 1988. After going to college, and spending 15 years in the graphic design field, I was ready to pursue my childhood dream of being a tattoo artist. In 2005 I got my tattoo education/apprenticeship from my teacher and mentor, the infamous Rio DeGennaro, learning the art and craft of tattoo, along with the strictest tattooing and sanitation regulations in the world. Rio had been tattooing since 1962. Like his father before him, he worked down on the Pike in Long Beach, California with Bert Grim, among others. Rio passed away in June of 2014 at the age of 73, but his legacy lives on.

Tanya Magdalena and Rio DeGennaro
Tanya Magdalena and Rio DeGennaro
photo by Ty Hitzman

“Tanya is that rare combination of Old-School Respect and New-School Talent.”
MaryJane Haake, Master tattooer

I am a sober, well-rounded artist, working within many mediums and disciplines. Award-winning tattoos, drawing, painting, graphic, web and publication design, sewing, bellydancing, stained glass, stained glass pattern-making, jewelry, leather working, and the Zen-Art of motorcycle maintenance. I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications: Graphic & Publication Design from California State University, Chico in 1994. In 1997, I moved to Portland, Oregon, and made quick work of the corporate ladder, rapidly earning myself a position as a Senior Designer at Xerox Corporation. In 2003 I “lost my taste” for the corporate culture, and have since devoted my passion and talents, to operating a successful tattoo business, other artistic pursuits, changing people’s lives, and bringing happiness to myself, and those whom my art touches.

Tanya Magdalena

photo by V. Valenza

Since September 2007, Above the Pearl Tattoo, LLC was selected to participate in the 2008 Portland Art Museum’s Tattoo History Show, awarded first place 2008 Carquest’s contest for Best Male Tattoo, Best of Citysearch Tattoo Portland 2009 and 2011,  in 2013 featured in Bob Baxter’s Tattoo Road Trip: The Best of Oregon, 2015 had art published in the National Tattoo Association‘s book Tony Edwards: Friends, Family, and Faith, was awarded Expertise.com‘s 20 best Tattoo artists in Portland for 2016, 2017, 2018,  BBB A+ accredited since 2012, a featured artist in Portland’s Big 500 art show invitational 3 years running, Little by Little art invitational, nominated for Willamette Week’s Best Tattoo in Portland 2018, and continues to gather rave reviews from clients.

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