About Tanya

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

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I am a 18 years’ sober, well-rounded artist, working within many mediums and disciplines. I have been tattooing full-time, since 2005. Above the Pearl Tattoo was born in July of 2007, and opened in September of 2007.

My love affair with tattoos began in 1986, at the age of 14. I got my first tattoo in 1988. In 1994 I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Graphic & Publication Design from California State University, Chico. In 1997, I moved to Portland, Oregon ,and  rapidly earned myself a position as a Senior Graphic Designer at Xerox Corporation. In 2003, I “lost my taste” for the corporate grind, after having spent 15 years in the graphic design field. I was ready to pursue my childhood dream of being a tattoo artist, which was not an easy task at the time. 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. After 50+ years of tattooing, and a lifetime in the industry, Rio passed away in June of 2014 at the age of 73. His legacy lives on with every tattoo, and is forever in my heart.

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

When I am not running a business and tattooing full-time, I love riding motorcycles year-round, touring the Western United States and Canada on my Harley-Davidson, and daily commuting on my little Honda Rebel. I also love spending time with my significant other, gardening, practicing the Zen Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, making all kinds of art, and jewelry. I devote the majority of my passion and talents, to operating a successful tattoo business while helping, and changing, people’s lives…the most rewarding work of all.

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I am a germ-o-phobe and a perfectionist in the most positive sense of the words. As a State-licensed professional tattoo artist in Oregon, my studio is private, by appointment-only, and I work one-on-one, with no walk-ins and no interruptions. Generally, I perform one client procedure, per day. I am trained, and certified, in COVID-19 prevention, Aseptic Technique, Cross-Contamination prevention, Blood Borne Pathogen Training, micro-spray and air-borne transmission reduction, Universal Precautions for the prevention of disease control, First AID/CPR, and diseases and disorders of the skin. I am also required to have multiple hours of continuing education related to the industry, per year, as required by the State of Oregon.

 I have always gone above and beyond what was required pre-COVID19, so much of the new mandates have already been in place. Safety is first and foremost. The studio is COVID-19 compliant with all current State and Federal requirements. The studio is equipped with HVAC filtration and H13 medical grade HEPA filtration.

I am certified in CDC COVID-19 transmission prevention, in addition to my existing licensing and certification requirements. (Cross-contamination prevention and aseptic technique, blood-borne pathogens, airborne pathogens, FIRST AID/CPR, and diseases of the skin)

Since opening, 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, 2019, 2020, 2021, BBB A+ accredited since 2012, a featured artist in Portland’s Big 500 art show invitational 3 years running, Little by Little art invitational, and nominated for Willamette Week’s Best Tattoo Shop in Portland 2018, and continue to get rave reviews from clients.

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