Where did you grow up?
Born and raised in Puyallup, Washington.
How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
I love where I grew up and I will be moving back home by the end of this year. I grew up on a farm land, where there was lots of land, animals, and a garden. I would spend all my free time with my friends playing in the woods, on the waterfront fishing or at the lake. I spent my winters snowboarding, my summers wakeboarding, and all year long taking our trucks, jeeps, and quads out 4wheeling.
When did you start getting tattoos?
I got my very first tattoo right when I turned 18. I got music notes and bars with stars down my left ribs. (I heard that spot hurt the worst so I wanted to get it done first) I got the music notes after being in choir for 9 years and having music is a very big part of my life.
How would you describe your style?
I don’t really have a style; I like to change things up. Most people I work with and such tend to call me a rocker style chick or something along those lines but I’ll always be a true country girl at heart, even when I live in the city.
Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
I do consider tattoos art. The majority of my tattoos are very colorful and they all have very good reasoning and meaning. I have one particular tattoo on my right side that is my favorite of all. It is a very colorful detailed piece that my tattoo artist from Underworld Ink, Ron Arnone, in Puyallup did. He did an AMAZING job on the tattoo, which is of an airplane; my one biggest hobby and love.
How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
I think that tattoos are highly judged and frowned on and they make it very hard to find a job and which keeps me from getting a lot of modeling jobs and I do not agree with that. Tattoos are a way for people to express themselves, I don’t get tattoos for people to judge me and most of all I hate it when people try to tell me that I will regret them and that they are mistakes or that I should change them.
What has been your inspiration for getting them?
Well, so far I have 13 tattoos. My first was the music tattoo which represents my many years in music classes and having music as part of my life. My second one is my airplane tattoo which represents my love for airplanes and my career path choice. I have a lighthouse and anchor behind both ears that stand for the ocean, the waterfront where I grew up. My sister and I have a matching snowflake tattoo on our feet which represents us snowboarding together. I have a scorpion tattoo on my shoulder that matches my mother’s shoulder tattoo, as we are both Scorpios. All my other tattoos are nick names, favorite quotes, life experiences, and more.
What’s your favorite piece?
My airplane tattoo is my favorite piece and always will be because of my love for airplanes, and because of the time, color, and pain that was put into it.
Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
I do very often, I would say 8 out of 10 people I meet start out by asking me about my tattoos.
In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
My tattoos don’t change my mood, per say, but by having them I get many compliments and those compliments always put me in a better mood and make me want more!!!
What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
This would still be my airplane tattoo, here’s the story: I took aviation classes throughout school, studied to get my private pilot’s license. I always wanted to be a pilot and airplane mechanic so i started my degree in mechanical engineering and I signed up for the Air Force. I was going to be a c17 loadmaster because that is my FAVORITE airplane of all time. My Tattoo Artist drew up this tattoo of a P51 Mustang and I fell in love with it and wanted it right away, so i got it and i still plan to get that c17 later on. Turns out I can’t fly anymore but I am still working on being a civilian airplane mechanic
What’s your next tattoo?
I have a few tattoos in mind that I want still. I want to finish my sleeve on my right arm and I want this specific one on my left leg under my music notes; it’s a very old fashioned microphone on a stand and the stand and the cord together make a treble clef. It’s kind of hard to explain but hopefully I will be getting it soon and will be able to show you all.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
My advice is to get it done in as LITTLE sittings as possible. My side took 12 hours, I did 3 different sessions of 4 hours each but when it heals the scar tissue you tattoo over hurts twice as bad every time which made the 3rd time the most painful tattoo session ever.
What is one thing that life has taught you?
I think the biggest thing I have learned is how much parents are right. I hated my parents when I moved out before I had turned 18. I haven’t seen them much and now that I am 21 I realize how right they were about so many things and how much like them I grew up to be.
Will you be getting anymore?
I will be getting many more. Right now I want to finish my arm, do my back my other foot, and add on to both sides. But I’m sure once I have that I won’t feel done yet.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
Anything else you would like to add?
Enjoy my photos and keep up with me on my website if you like my ink and want to see new additions plus video footage of my last tattoo and more to come.
If you’re looking for a new tattoo artist here are my top 2 suggestions best in town!!!!
Vegas: Chrome Gypsy Tattoo - Cleen Rock One
Puyallup: Underworld ink - Ron Arnone