Ryker Suicide from Maryland
Where did you grow up?
MD born and raised! I've lived all over, but I always seem to end up coming home again.
How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
I loved growing up in Frederick. It is such a cool city, so much history, and there is something to be said about a town where everyone knows each other. I love having 4 distinct seasons. I love the crabs and football, as well, of course!
When did you start getting tattoos?
I got my first tattoo when I was 17. It was the shamrock on my left shoulder. My little brother also had the same tattoo done in the same place for his first when he turned 18! So, it has a special meaning to me.
How would you describe your style?
Haha, do I have a style? My friends might disagree! I guess I am a punk rock girl at heart. I don’t think much about fashion, to be honest. But I guess the black clothes and bright colored hair and constant Rancid soundtrack throws me into that category.
Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Absolutely, but I also laugh at the people who take it too seriously. You know, I have serious tattoo pieces and others that make no sense except to my friends who were a little drunk when we planned them. A group of my artist and local friends here, do these fun tattoos where we get each other’s heads on animal bodies. I am about to get my good friend Adam’s head on a bulldog before he moves to Austin this fall. I don’t think anything in life should be taken too seriously.
How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
I guess it’s the new fad, which is great that it is becoming more socially acceptable. Jobs are easier to find for tattooed folk, can’t complain about that. But I am not going to lie, I tire a bit from constantly being approached in public by strangers who might have tattoos as well. They think we belong in a club together and that it’s perfectly normal for them to whip off their shirts to show me all 3 of their pieces, haha. It’s flattering people are so interested in my work, but there is a line, people!
What has been your inspiration for getting them?
Sometimes I have inspiration, like my Rancid or Bright Eyes tattoos (obviously very moved by both bands) or my Irish half sleeve. Sometimes we just think of something fun we want to do (like my upcoming John Stamos tattoo) on the spot and just do it. That is kind of the fun of it all, ya know?
What’s your favorite piece?
Ahhh, I don’t know! I really love my Rancid piece on my left leg, but the Grim Reaper holding the lady on my left leg has my favorite art work. I think when it’s done, my 90’s girl-themed sleeve on my right arm will be my favorite. I also love my Sriracha cock.
Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Yes! All the time. Staring is actually fine and I don’t mind it. But constantly being approached with people telling me their tattoo plans gets annoying. Don’t care, bro!
In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
Um, I’m not positive what you mean by that. The Lord Voldemort face on my foot totes turns me on though! Haha, I love him. Does that count?
What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
I have a tiny star on my right finger that symbolizes Frederick, MD. Several of my friends have this tattoo, it’s my favorite family tattoo. We will always be connected now, and I love my Frederick family.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Don’t bring your artist a picture of another person’s tattoo. Don’t ask your artist if it will hurt. Don’t bring in a group of your loud friends to watch. Most importantly, don’t compromise for a cheaper price. Save and wait. You get what you pay for!
Will you be getting anymore?
Oh god, so many unfinished that need to be finished, and a few I need to start! I have to finish my left inner thigh (my buddy, Clamore Wolfmeyer, who was doing it had a sudden relocation to Texas so I gotta get up with him to finish it). I have to finish my right sleeve, hopefully by New Years. I am waiting to hopefully get in with Dusty Neal to finish my Irish half sleeve on my left arm. Then I have to start my back piece and side piece. And all the random tattoos in between!
What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
In life? I suppose it is my family. My husband and son keep my face smiling in the morning when I wake and at night when I fall asleep. Everything in my life revolves around them. They are my entire world.
What is one thing that life has taught you?
Don’t take it too seriously. There is always a reason to laugh, even when things seem as shitty as possible. Find a reason to smile.
Do you have a favorite quote?
I do! It actually is a quote from my favorite movie, Gone With The Wind, and inspired my future side piece. “Do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.” It was written on the Twelve Oaks sundial in a still scene just before the big barbecue where Scarlett meets Rhett.
Anything else you would like to add?KCCO. Haha, that feels so hipster to say. But I like the attitude behind it!
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Michael Davis - 5.
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