MEET THE ARTISTS
Alison Best was raised on the east coast, spending her time between Rochester, New York, and Baltimore, Maryland. She is best known by her business name, “Here to Pet Dogs, “ which was started in 2020, combining her life long loves: art and animals.
Starting as an illustrator and block printer, Ali loved the idea of being able to memorialize animals on their humans in the art of tattooing. She began her apprenticeship journey with Hayden in the fall of 2021 and is currently gaining experience with the machine daily.
Ali is inspired by animals, nature, children’s book illustrations, and all things spooky. She could not be more excited to share her art with the Hinterland tattoo community!
Hayden Welch is a Rochester-native artist working in both the visual and musical fields. She graduated from Nazareth College with a degree in Studio Arts after completing a study-abroad fellowship at the Santa Reparata International School in Florence, Italy. While her creative interests remain broad, she started focusing on tattooing in 2012, seeking a link between body liberation and her love of illustration.
Hayden’s work is centered around her fascination with the natural world, which she explores through illustrative botanicals, kaleidoscopic/symmetry art play, dot work, fine line precision, and whimsical folk art. She lives in downtown Rochester with a bearded poet-professor and their cat, Figgs.
Valerie LeGrand hails from the Finger Lakes, growing as an artist here in Rochester since 2017. She is a curious lover of art, history, and the magical. The moment she stepped into a tattoo shop, everything clicked.
Valerie is inspired by animals, florals/nature, vintage illustration, mystical themes and anything that screams “cute!”
As she is finishing her apprenticeship, she hopes to share her love of tattooing with others.