Where were you born and raised?
I grew up in the bright lights of Las Vegas, NV.
Growing up were there any people that influenced your decision on getting a tattoo?
I’ve always been an artist and loved all different types of art, so as long as I could remember I knew that I would get tattoos. When I was a little girl I would always draw on my arms. My mom would get furious, so I started drawing on my feet. My favorite was to draw cartoons off my posters and hide them by constantly wearing socks. For my 20th birthday a buddy tattooed my favorite childhood cartoon characters, Ren and Stimpy, on my feet.
What made you decide to get your first one?
I knew I wanted to get tattooed, but while I was staying in Tulsa, Oklahoma around 1999 tattooing was illegal in the state; this made me want to do it more than ever. Like during prohibition, tattooing was an underground business. Smaller, less-profitable shops posed as legal businesses during the day, scouting for potential clients. It was like the overly expensive speakeasies in New York City. I managed to find an appointment and got my first tattoo, which was a small fairy on my back, right on my ribs. Now it’s hardly noticeable among the sea of colors but it still makes me smile when I think about it.
Do you have a favorite tattoo, and does it have a meaning behind it?
One of my favorite tattoos was a freehand design done by Picasso Dular. It’s an angry pickle; a constant reminder not to be a dill! HAHA
How did you get into modeling?
I started modeling about 5 or 6 years ago, but only in the last 2 or 3 years have I really started to take it seriously. It’s no longer a hobby but a full time job. After a scare with cancer, I was required to do a lot of long doctor visits and hospital stays. so I would play on the internet where I stumbled across pictures of Masuimi Max and Amanda Pemberton by the amazing photographer Perry Gallagher. They seemed so happy and it made me smile. I sent the photographer a message about how his photography made me feel and he offered to shoot me too! My shoot with Perry was one of the most amazing shoots of my life and started off my modeling career.
What or who are you’re inspirations?
My inspirations are strong, independent woman who stand up in front of rooms of people just as they are with no regrets; like Kathleen Hanna, Cyndi Lauper and Margaret Cho.
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently I am filming a pilot TV show about funny women and shooting for Inked Magazine shop online. I am sure there is lots more to come in the near future!
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