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Pictured here is a trio from a series I painted last year titled, “Odyssey.” This series depicts “space like” backgrounds against solid black color. The gold metallic adds a perfect pop to the abyss that I wanted to create with the contrasting black.

The series represents how I became a tattoo Artist. The depiction of space represents me in the world and the black representing time; the time I’ve spent as an “Artist” since I was young, from the countless hours spent drawing to creating my own company. The ups, the downs, and everything in between. Many of the images I chose are popular design styles inspired by other tattoo Artists and tattoo aficionados.

More interesting than the Art, I think, is the thought, “how does someone like you go about being a tattoo artist?” I don’t quite fit the stereotype. Well, it’s not too complicated. When I met my husband, he introduced me to the tattoo scene, through a friend of his who owned a shop. My husband is quite the tattoo aficionado, and he thought, what could be better than having my wife as my tattoo Artist!

Im so grateful for that moment, because he believed in me and encouraged me to not only try it out, but to stick with it despite much criticism and lack of support.

There’s nothing easy about being an Artist, let alone a tattoo Artist. You want so much to create beautiful things for the world to enjoy, as well as gain respect and appreciation for your talent in an industry (which is saturated with low- quality, mid-grade, self-proclaimed artists) which makes it much more difficult for people who know nothing about Art to appreciate not only the Artists, but the craft itself.

I find it devastating that so often the ones you hoped would support you are often your biggest critics, if not “dream-killers” and “shit-talkers”. But on the other hand, I’ve never heard kinder things about my Artwork than I have from complete strangers. It’s refreshing and truly, is appreciated much more than they know because its what keeps me creating.

You grow a pretty thick skin over the years in this industry & if anyone needs to hear this, I was at a point in my life where I honestly thought, why do I try so hard to please others through my work when it makes me feel completely miserable. There has to be a perfect balance, because at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who does, or doesn’t support you or appreciate your talent, it’s your health and happiness that are much more important than anyones opinion.

Always do what makes your heart happy. Only then, will you see yourself flourish and bloom as a human being and as an Artist. ❤

Me, about to tattoo for the very first time. I tattooed an anchor on another apprentice in the shop. Second and third pictures are on my husband’s wrist. My third and fourth tattoos ever; a tribute to our first born son.

Below, just a few of my personal favorites over the years. The last one is a baby pin tribute I tattooed on my husband recently for our fourth child.

 

 

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