Hobbies & Interests: All forms of art
;paintings, music (classical and modern), theater , museums, all those
things are of interest to me but I really love to just "veg"
in front of the TV and do nothing because it lets me rest my brain.
(my mom has always told me I think too much)
BAW: What made you want to
become a Tattoo Artist?
Artist: Well for as long as
I can remember I drew ALL OVER my walls. When I was a teenager ,my
whole room was one big painted collage. I've always felt that if I'm
not doing something creative that life isn't worth living. Being able
to express myself artistically is an outlet for me and keeps me
"alive" in every sense of the word. It keeps me grounded
emotionally ,spiritually ,and psychologically. I thank "god"
for this and putting me where I need to be. Everything happens for a
reason. That's my motto. <winks>
BAW: Who are your
Artist: As bad as it may
sound , I have no real "influences". There are some artists like
"Kevin" @ "Ramsees" in Memphis (who is just plain
BADASS) whom I hold high respects for because he deserves it. To me I don't
care how long you have been doing it, it's the work that you put out. If
you put out some kick ass shit then you deserve to be treated with
respect (ONLY IF YOU'RE NOT A COMPLETE ASSWIPE. Some tattoo artists
think that just because they are a tattoo artist they are a god or
something...I laugh at those kind of jackasses.)
BAW: What is your favorite
style of work?
Artist: I'm not partial to
any certain style...if it looks good and it's quality work then it's
beautiful to me.
BAW: Tell us about your
first Tattoo Inkspierence?
Artist: My 1st Professional
tattoo was done by my best friend, Traci Hassett, another female
tattoo artist in the industry. It is 2 of my most memorable cats,
" Ozzy " and "Weedledom". They are playing with a
ball of yarn, wrapped around my ankle, and it is my own design that I
drew up from their pics as kittens. My 2 cats "Ozzy" and
"Weedledom" were very special cats to me. They were very
expressive cats with very unique personalities...unfortunately they
were born with feline leukemia and none wanted them ,so I took them
and spoiled them rotten. They lived to be about 3 yrs old and then we
had to "put them down", which was very hard but I didn't want
them to suffer anymore. I wanted to remember them forever so I decided
to have them engraved into my flesh forever to remind me of the
goodness in this cruel world.
BAW: What is your favorite
piece you own?
Artist: My favorite tattoo
is my fairy which is a "Gail Somers" design that is in the
inside of my right forearm from wrist to elbow. My friend Anna Murdock
did it and I love it cuz to me it represents my purity and
innocence and longing for a simple, happy existence.
BAW: What is your most
memorable Tattoo given and why?
Artist: I don't have a most
memorable one because I remember each one and why which would take way to long to tell about each one.I have over 30.
BAW: Is there a part of the
body you won't Tattoo and why?
Artist: Hell yeah!!! My
"cooch" cuz it would hurt like a bitch.
BAW: Do you support supply co. that sells to the
Artist: Yes and no...Yes
because they (the scratchers) are going to do it either way and I
would rather them try and be as sterile as possible if they are gonna
do it .And no because ,well I'm sure I don't have to explain why on
that subject. We all know why...or at least I would hope we all know why. They
NEED formal training)
BAW: Do you feel there now
should be mandatory schooling for soon to be tattoo artists?
Artist: On some levels yes
because some apprentices catch hell while they are going through their
apprenticeship (like I did JUST because I was a girl). BUT I think the
schooling should be for AT LEAST 1 yr ,not some 3 or 6 month
bullshit class ,ya know??
BAW: Do you feel Tattooing
has changed over the years, and if so why?
Artist: OF COURSE! The art
of tattooing is always growing and we are constantly learning new
BAW: Do you think it is
important to do as many conventions and shows as possible?
Artist: Only if you want to
be "known"...I personally care less about the rock star status. I'm
just happy being able to do what I love most, and that is expressing
BAW: What advise can you
give to someone who is starting or
looking to get into the
Artist: DON'T GET A
BIGHEAD! There will ALWAYS be somebody better
than you .Stay grounded and focus on putting out quality work. Take
your time to make sure every piece you put out is the best you can do.
BAW: What could you say to
someone who has had a bad first Inkspierence?
Artist: wow...uhhh, lets
see....that's a hard question.....I really depends on the situation
..Like was the artist an asshole? Or did it hurt too much? It just
really depends on that persons personal Inkspierence..
BAW: Please share any other
comments or views or questions to the public you might have.
Artist: ALWAYS ASK
TO SEE A PORTFOLIO OF THEIR WORK AND ALWAYS ASK TO SEE THEIR
LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE DATES!!!
DON'T LET AN APPRENTICE WORK ON YOU UNLESS YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH
THEIR ARTISTIC ABILITIES!!!!!!!!!