Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Growing up, my older sister’s husband was a tattoo artist in Tennessee. Every summer I would spend with them and was always fascinated watching him tattoo. He used to have me draw designs from magic cards along with other little designs. I remember drawing a whim or the Pooh for him and he tattooed it. I had to be like 11 or 12 at that time. I eventually went to college for photography but three years in I decided school wasn’t for me and looked for an apprenticeship to tattoo. It was tough because at that time, no one wanted to apprentice a girl. Or they wanted to charge a lot. I lucked out and had a good friend that had recently finished his apprenticeship and got me in his shop. And 11 years later, that friend owns the shop I work at now, Badfellow tattoo!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road, besides no one wanting a girl in the shop it was tough to get people to let a girl tattoo them. Nowadays, it’s not like that but ten years ago, it was always the “oh, you can tattoo?!”
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I don’t necessarily specialize in one area but I like to think I’m pretty good at a lot of different styles. I tend to stay more towards the traditional/neotraditional side of things. I also love doing black and grey. When I draw for me or things I want to tattoo it’s usually women and pinups, with a little traditional and illustrative comic book type style.
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Never stop learning. And find you a good group of people to work with. I love where I’m at and the lifelong friends I’ve made and that makes a world of a difference being a creative.
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