New artist donates mural to Parks and Recreation
Tattoo and all-around artist Tammie Wales arrived in Petersburg Dec. 18 and has since donated her time and talent to the Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department in the form of a mural.
“I wanted to give something back,” Wales said. “But I also wanted to get my work out there and seen.”
Wales has been drawing and painting for years and has been a tattoo artist for the last three years and plans to open a tattoo shop here in the near future.
Wales approached Parks and Recreation Director Donnie Hayes with the idea of a mural and he gave her the approval and within 24 hours she had a preliminary drawing to submit.
The mural encompasses what used to be a window of an office near the entrance to the gym.
Now the images that can be seen are those of the Alaska scenery, the Totem Poles, Northern Lights, soccer balls, basketballs, baseballs, swimming pool, etc. that represent the different sports that are played in the community center. There are also silhouettes of people performing and participating in these various events.
“It took about 12 solid hours of work to complete,” Wales said. “It has been a lot of fun to watch the different reactions from people as the mural developed.”
Wales explained that several times kids, and adults, would stop to take in the full effect of the mural and all it represented.
“I really like it here in Petersburg,” Wales stated. “I am happy that I could do something like this for the community.”
Wales will open her tattoo shop in the PIA building when she is able.
“The laws in Alaska are different and I have to jump through a few hoops to be able to do tattoo work here,” Wales stated. “It looks like the earliest I may be able to open will be the end of March.”