Where were you born and raised?
I was born in a small town called Shelton, Washington, but I moved around a lot.
Growing up were there any people that influenced your decision on getting a tattoo?
My auntie has tattoos on her face and arms, and she has always been like a mother figure to me. Seeing her self expression through her artwork most definitely interest me and could have influenced me.
What made you decide to get your first one?
Honestly, I woke up one day super numb and depressed. I just needed to feel something. Later that day I went to Laughing Buddha in Capital Hill and met the artist of all my work, Cody Brigan. I got ‘to place you dangerously close to the sun, enough to hold you to the brightest of lights’ written across my arms. Just as a reminder to always work hard and hold myself to the highest standards in all I do.
Do you have a favorite tattoo, and does it have a meaning behind it?
My favorite is the blue feather on my left shoulder written behind it is my cousin, and my best friends name. Dustin Valderas, the feather is for healing and his favorite color was blue.
How did you get into modeling?
It kind of fell into my hands at the end of January this year. I had my first photo shoot and loved how I felt free and creative. and I haven’t stopped since.
What or who are you’re inspirations?
I see art and expression in almost everything and everywhere. Rather than a who… its the world around it that intrigues me.
What projects are you currently working on?
I have many ideas I’m trying to put together for my people, I want to inspire the young and sacred souls around me and show them there are ways to make what you love to do possible, or to help them find something they love. The suicide rate within Indian country is sky rocketing, especially within the youth. I just to find a way to help.