I was born on the cusp of Pisces and Aries, water and fire, with fire winning by four hours. I feel like I hold them both inside of me. I never set out to collect this many tattoos. It all started when I was nineteen and my best friend and I went into a shop and picked some flash off the wall. The resulting “trap stamp” (haha, shut it!) hurt like hell but I loved it. That was the last time I got any flash. When I was twenty three, I lost my father to cancer.
My sister and I cared for him during his last months and when he died we both memorialized him with a tattoo. Mine is a sacred heart with “Dad” and a forest scene in the heart done by Turk. My father loved the mountains. Turk and I also collaborated on the pin-up girl on my left arm. She’s wrapped up like a mummy because I have been fascinated by Egypt since I was twelve years old. I realized my dream of visiting Egypt in 2008 and it was even better than I could have imagined. My tattoos kind of tell my life story. I have the Depeche Mode “Violator” rose tattooed on my wrist because they are my favorite band of all time. I think Martin Gore is my spirit animal. It doesn’t hurt that Dave Gahan’s sexy voice is singing the words, either.
I traveled to Portland, OR to get the Goddess Bastet tattoo on my right arm. It was done by Brian Wilson of Scapegoat tattoo. I went back to Brian for my “Herbivore” tattoo on the inside of my right arm. It meant a lot to have him do that one because I am vegan and so is he. Veganism is like my religion. I don’t do it for anyone besides the animals. While in Oregon, I also met the very talented Ryan Mason (also vegan) who did my sugar skull, crow and snail tattoos.
One of my absolute favorite tattoos was done by my awesome friend, Jim Warf. I had a cat named Mimi who was my constant companion until her death at age twelve. I was extremely depressed and Jim gave me a Mimi to keep forever on my leg. It looks just like her and it means so much to me. I have a few matching tattoos with close friends including my seahorse (to commemorate my 30th birthday cruise to Mexico) a chicken and a lock and key. I have sixteen pieces and I honestly don’t know when I’ll stop collecting. Like I said, I never thought I’d have this many. But, I love each and every one of my tattoos and I don’t regret any of them. It doesn’t hurt that I have beautiful work…though I may be biased.