Cecilia Maria Studio first in state to offer made-to-fade tattoos

April 30, 2024

Cecilia Maria Proffitt specializes in beautiful fine line tattoos. And her studio,  Cecilia Maria Studio: Fine Line Tattoo & Piercing, just became Ohio’s first (and only) shop to offer Ephemeral Ink tattoos, designed to fade in about three years.

We recently caught up with Cecilia to learn more about her entrepreneur journey.

Introduce yourself — who are you and what is your company?

I’m Cecilia Maria, owner and tattoo artist at Cecilia Maria Studio: Fine Line Tattoo & Piercing — a female focused tattooing experience.

I am also 1 of 44 international sponsored tattoo artists for Ephemeral Tattoo Ink. Ephemeral Tattoo Ink is unique in its ability to fade in three years. So Ephemeral Tattoo Ink is a real tattoo, but “made to fade.”

Cecilia Maria Studio is located on Braown Street. We are the only place to offer Ephemeral Tattoo Ink in Ohio — the next closet tattoo artist is located in Chicago or Atlanta.

Folks can also look for “Cecilia Maria Studio PopUP Tattooing” at events in the greater Dayton area!

How did your company start?

I wanted to establish a tattoo studio that was female focused, not only in the aesthetics of the space, but in the style and technique of tattooing.

Why this idea?

I wanted to establish a tattooing space and practice that would closely mimic a spa environment.

Did you always want to be an entrepreneur?

Like so many others, I am an entrepreneur from necessity, not pursuit. I will afford myself opportunities that others have not/will not.

How do you embody the Launch Dayton community values?

I was unwilling to accept the limits placed on myself — so I did it without “them.” I would like to work towards a world where the “them” is everyone.

What identities or life experiences do you bring to entrepreneurship that helped prepare you for this lifestyle?

I have always turned hobbies into side hustles into businesses. I enjoy almost every aspect of entrepreneurship. It encourages and requires you to bring your best game.

What is the biggest barrier you’ve faced on your entrepreneur journey?

My willingness to believe that someone else could do what I am doing better than me.

Why do you love what you do?

I love assisting people to manifest their tattoo vision. It’s very satisfying to use a skill and give people such immediate happiness. Very different than making art in the studio.

What advice would you offer fellow or aspiring entrepreneurs?

You have to love what you are doing because you are going to be doing it a lot. And you have to love it enough to do undesirable tasks that support the thing you love. You need a benchmark vision and the mindset to pivot at any point.

Connect with Cecilia @ceciliamariatattoo on IG.