Miss Amy Cruz

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Photo: Andrew Ho Collaboration

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Photo: Andrew Ho Collaboration

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Photo: Andrew Ho Collaboration

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Photo: Andrew Ho Collaboration

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Photo: Andrew Ho Collaboration

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Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Riverside and raised in the lovely Bay Area in my favorite town, Vallejo.

Growing up were there any people that influenced your decision on getting a tattoo?
For the most part… No… But when I think about it, yes! I grew up with my dad, he’s always had his upper arms tattooed. One was of Adam and Eve naked on the moon with the Galaxy around it, and the other arm is of all the characters from Aladdin coming out of the genie lamp with my brother and my name above in a banner.  It inspired me to be expressive and creative. I always grew up interested in the things he liked. Like scary movies and the Sci-fi Channel. Especially the shows, Tales from the Crypt and the X-files.

What made you decide to get your first one?
Once I moved to Arizona from California for high school, I lived with my mom. She was a cool mom and once I turned 16, she signed for me. It was amazing. My shoulder tattoo of two bats resembling my brother and I. We have always had a strong bond and also it means protection. It has little stars around it.

Do you have a favorite tattoo, and does it have a meaning behind it?
My favorite tattoo is my portrait of my grandparents. It’s part of my full sleeve. It’s their wedding photo, you can see my grandmas finger wave up-do, it looks like a classic I love Lucy style photo. Super realistic and looks just like them. They even approved, are still alive and doing well.

How did you get into modeling?
I got into modeling by always wanting to be one when I would watch Americas next top model… Like in middle school, I loved the way they would style shoots and do different colorful or even sometimes dark themes. Once I got my first Gogo dancing gig, there was a guy who approached some friends and I about doing a shoot for a calendar with bikes from Harley Davidson. I was about 19 at the time. It was legit, at the dealership in Scottsdale Arizona and we got paid $100. Once I had the proofs and cd, plus signing a release contract, I was like,”holy shit this is sick, haha, I wouldn’t mind pursuing modeling!”

What or who are you’re inspirations?
At the time, my early teen years… my favorite models were Amanda Lepore, Raquel Reed, Vikki Blows, and also Victoria Modesta.

What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on magazine features, submissions, interviews also a lot of car shows! I love interacting and selling photos or decals and signings at shows. I’ve also been doing promo work for clothing stores and lots of shoots.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/amyyy___cruz
Tumblr: www.amyyycruz.tumblr.com/

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