11 Products NYC Tattoo Artist Trudy Lines Swears By

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The Expert Edit features interviews with specialists about the products they swear by in their chosen field. For the latest installment, we spoke to NYC tattoo artist Trudy Lines about her daily essentials, from skin-care to tech gadgets she can't live without.

As an avid tattoo collector, it was always a dream of mine to visit the renowned Bang Bang NYC, where some of the most esteemed artists work. Trudy Lines is one of them. When I had the opportunity to work with her at the Soho shop on a paw print tattoo back in 2020, I was immediately on board, and Trudy and I have been connected ever since.

Trudy's attention to detail is astounding (she's been tattooing since college and has been mentored by some of the biggest names in the industry) and she loves collaborating with her clients. "As an artist, you often sit in front of a blank canvas, and it's really up to you what you create. Working with people who put so much trust in you is different," Trudy tells PS. "Yes, I am the artist, but my clients are the ones who wear my art permanently, hopefully for the rest of their lives."

Hailing from Austria, Trudy's greatest accomplishment thus far is making it in New York. "Being able to be here, surrounded by so many humble and inspiring people, I know that the sky is the limit — or rather, let's say there is literally no limit. I'll confirm when I sit on the moon and don't know how I got there," she says.

"Yes, I am the artist, but my clients are the ones who wear my art permanently, hopefully for the rest of their lives."

Moving to the US has also led Trudy to venture into entrepreneurship. "The amazing life here also has its downside," she says. "People live at such a fast pace; core values are pushed to the back, and there's a lack of mindfulness about other people and the limited resources Mother Earth provides us. Out of a natural habit, I created #BottleNo30, a nonprofit project to reduce single-use plastic consumption while funding reforestation projects and providing clean and safe water in areas with less access."

Trudy's been able to tie both careers together, having recently hosted a Safe Water for Mathare fundraiser at Spring Place where she invited fellow artists to provide free flash tattoos and participate in a live auction. The goal was to raise money to build a sustainable structure alongside the local community that will sustainably provide clean water to over 15,000 people in Mathare, Kenya, where #BottleNo30 is currently working on its third project. But the work is ongoing — Trudy has produced the world's first carbon negative reusable water bottle that's shoppable in three of her ethereal art prints on the site.

Aside from that water bottle, Trudy has a whole lineup of daily essentials that she uses as a hardworking artist in NYC, all of which she was willing to share with PS. She also offered some advice for anyone aspiring to be a tattoo artist: "Get out of your comfort zone and try. Take risks, work hard, and be open. Sometimes we steer too hard in one direction without giving room for life to show us the way."

Ahead, shop the products that keep Trudy on track with her routine, despite her busy schedule.


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Trudy Lines is an NYC-based tattoo artist and entrepreneur. She is the founder of #BottleNo30, a nonprofit that aims to reduce plastic consumption and provide clean drinking water to communities in need.


Pens
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Pens

Uixjodo Japanese High-End Retractable Journaling Gel Pens ($7, originally $12)

"I am an artist, and I still love taking notes on paper or napkins. That's why I always carry a pen with me. I'm not particular about which one, but I do have a thing for taking good pens from hotels and restaurants if I like them while signing a check. Sometimes I ask, sometimes I just take it."

Electrolytes
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Electrolytes

Ultima Replenisher Sugar-Free Daily Electrolyte Drink Mix ($19, originally $21)

"These are key, with many health benefits. My favorite brand is Ultima Replenisher, which has zero sugar and tastes good."

Mushroom Coffee
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Mushroom Coffee

Ryze Mushroom Coffee ($24)

"I usually start my day with mushroom coffee from Ryze. This helps me focus and regulate my caffeine intake throughout the day."

Tea
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Tea

Traditional Medicinals Tea Organic Ginger & Chamomile (6 Pack) ($31, originally $33)

"Ginger chamomile tea is something I have daily, either during the day or at night before bed. Even on planes, I order hot water and carry my own tea with me."

Exercise Bands
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Exercise Bands

SPRI Xercuff Leg Resistance Band Exercise Cord (Medium) ($32)

"My workout routine is a top priority for multiple reasons. Due to tattooing and working a lot on my computer, I have to focus on my back muscles, posture, and getting my body in motion. My absolute favorite tool, which is so easy to travel with, is the yellow ankle band ($18)."

Water Bottle
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Water Bottle

#BottleNo30 Freebirds 1.0L Bottle ($43)

"I never leave the house without a water bottle, and that's been the case since I was a child. I carry my #BottleNo30 reusable water bottle with me all the time. It's super lightweight, 100 percent recycled aluminum, and just the perfect bottle to put in your bag wherever you go. I use the small size for meetings and city strolls and the big one for my travels and at the gym. You will never catch me without a #BottleNo30."

Hand Care Essentials
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Hand Care Essentials

Henné Organics Luxury Hand Cream ($25) and Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer Spray ($40, originally $45)

"I work so much with my hands wearing gloves all the time, so my hands get very dry. I'm also a bit of a germaphobe and wash my hands a lot. Hand sanitizer before putting on lotion is a must."

Noise-Canceling Headphones
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Noise-Canceling Headphones

Apple AirPods Max Wireless Over-Ear Headphones ($449, originally $549)

"To zone out wherever I am, I use Apple AirPods Max. They are noise-canceling and allow me to be in my own world."

Ōura Ring
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Ōura Ring

Ōura Ring Gen3 Horizon ($499)

"I work a lot, and my to-do list can get crazy long with running different businesses, so good sleep is essential for me. I prioritize it by taking magnesium every night before bed to calm my body down and help recover my muscles. For the past three years, I have been obsessed with tracking my sleep and activity with the Ōura Smart Ring."

Charity Work
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Charity Work

#BottleNo30 Safe Water for Mathare Donation ($1-$60,000)

"Water for Mathare is the third project #BottleNo30 is doing in Kenya. Each project is a collaboration with WaterIsLife, a nonprofit organization based in Kenya, where we work intensively with selected communities to provide a healthier and more hopeful future through clean and safe water. These projects are my purpose; an obligation I put my heart into.

Mathare faces a critical water and sanitation crisis, with over 500,000 residents lacking access to clean water and proper sanitation facilities in one of Nairobi's most densely populated slums. Over 15,000 people will benefit from enhanced water security and stewardship. This initiative will improve health, family economics, and infrastructure, reduce plastic bottle use, promote community involvement, and establish a sustainable income model for the community."

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Sarah Wasilak is the associate director of commerce at PS. With plenty of experience in the shopping market, a keen interest in SEO, and 10 years as an editor at the brand, she enjoys writing across the lifestyle and health-and-fitness categories. She has bylines at PS, InStyle, Elle, Refinery29, Who What Wear, Elite Daily, Byrdie, and The Quality Edit and aims to amplify minority voices in all her work.