Where were you born and raised?
Growing up were there any people that influenced your decision on getting a tattoo?
I was always an artist growing up and I think that just seeing tattoos on people in my community was enough to inspire me to get one of my own. Neither of my parents have tattoos and they aren’t exactly huge fans of ink, but when my older sister turned eighteen and got a tattoo they didn’t seem to have any problem with it so I thought, “If she can, I can.”
What made you decide to get your first one?
I had been planning to get a tattoo when I was old enough for at least three years before actually being able to go through with it. I had a boyfriend at the time who had a number of tattoos, and when I turned eighteen he paid for my first tattoo as a gift to me. I was just excited to finally get in the chair and get the tattoo I’d been planning for so long.
Do you have a favorite tattoo, and does it have a meaning behind it?
Every time I get a tattoo it’s my new favorite. I love adding to my collection. Right now my favorite is the top portion of my right sleeve which is a black and grey portrait of a cat reaching up to swat a small bird out of the air, and a beautiful brunette is hoisting up the cat. The little cat looks just like one of my felines, Melvin, and the piece itself means a few things to me having to do with life and death, as well as reaching for the things you want that always seem to be just out of reach.
How did you get into modeling?
My tattoos actually brought me into the modeling world. I had taken a few “professional” photos of my tattoos for my artist to have for his portfolio and ended up posting a few images on my Instagram and Facebook. I received feedback very quickly from brands and a few magazines and ended up signing with a modeling agency only a few months later.
What or who are you’re inspirations?
In the industry my biggest inspirations are my friends. Models like Heidi Lavon and Wild Girl Haley Benoit-Fisher are not only huge sweethearts, but amazing models that are constantly making me jealous of their photos. I enjoy creeping on other models probably a little too much to be honest.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m kind of all over the place right now taking on a number of gigs. I’ve been expanding my shop recently with t-shirts and my 2015 calendar, and I’m in the works currently with a custom leather apparel brand for an add campaign. I love getting involved with new brands and photographers, it’s definitely the most exciting part of my job.
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