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We’re hitting the road for an eight-stop customization tour across America, with a lineup of artists from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Their mission: to create one-of-a-kind boots and shoes for Dr. Martens customers.

Connie Kang is a tattoo artist based in her hometown of Los Angeles, California. The 29-year-old began her career in tattooing three years ago, and is now a full-time artist at Dolorosa Tattoo. In early April, we brought Connie to Dr. Martens Studio City — just a short walk from Dolorosa — to create some custom boots and shoes for our LA customers. Keep scrolling to see her work and learn more about the artist.

Leona Vintage Smooth customized by Connie
How old were you when you got your first tattoo? What was it of?

I got my first tattoo when I was 18 and it was a half sleeve of a tiger.

What’s different about tattoo artwork than other forms? What draws you to it?

It’s different because it’s a permanent design on somebody’s skin. It’s an honor to have someone want your design on their body forever. I love the idea of creating artwork that somebody can relate to, and then tattooing that design onto their body is a nice challenge.

Connie painted pink hearts on these 8065 Mary Janes
What was the inspiration behind your customization?

I wanted to create bold, simple traditional designs with my own spin on it.

What are you most looking forward to for the customization tour?

I’m definitely looking forward to meeting new faces and being able to customize other Dr. Martens fans’ boots with my artwork.

LA customers wearing the 3989 Bex, Jadon, and Lazy Oaf Buckle Boot
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens.

I got my first pair of Dr. Martens when I was in high school. They were the classic 1460 boots in black. I still have them to this day!

Connie’s design on a customer’s Mono 1460s
What is your favorite thing to do in LA?

My favorite thing to do in LA is going to museums and shows! Nothing beats watching your favorite bands when they’re in town. And, of course, eating tacos.

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