Tina studied graphic design with a focus in illustration in Nürnberg, Germany. After three years of designing album covers and band posters for record companies, she worked as a graphic designer at Jetzt, the supplementary magazine of the biggest German daily newspaper, Die SüddeutscheZeitung.

In 1999, Tina decided to quit pushing letters and pictures around and started focusing on her illustrations again. She moved to Berlin and quickly found herself involved in both commercial and editorial work.