Though I've lived in Tucson for over 15 years and consider it my
home, I am originally from southern New Jersey. Those who know me
have been witness to my "Jersey girl" attitude, but I'm really just
a sheep in wolf's clothing!
I have always loved to draw and have completed several art classes
throughout my life. However, I express my creativity through many
different mediums and have dabbled in painting, jewelry making,
pottery, sculpture, sewing, upholstery, and cabinetry. I've been
fascinated by tattoos for as long as I can remember and by the age
of 14 was begging my mother to stop in the local tattoo shop every
time we passed by. She never complied, but on the day before my
sixteenth birthday, I got my first tattoo (the artist didn't ask my
age until he had finished) at a little shop in nearby Philadelphia.
It was a rose on my butt which has since been covered up. The lesson
here is think before you ink!
After graduating high school and attending the Fashion Institute of
Technology in New York city, I realized fashion design was not for
me and came back to New Jersey. In between liberal arts classes at
the community college I began hanging out at Cherokee Chuck's tattoo
shop. It wasn't long before Chuck started teaching me how to make
needles, tune machines, and eventually, to tattoo.
What I love about tattooing is that it is a creative outlet in which
I can actually help others to express themselves. Every client is a
canvas that walks, talks, and tells its own individual story. No
other medium is its own traveling show! I love creating custom
artwork to fit the needs and wants of each client and I feel that I
have an unusual talent for putting others' ideas on paper and then,
to skin. Come on in! I can't wait to meet you and hear your ideas!