I was getting together my version of the #3 Crusade about tattoos. I printed up pics of my 2 favorite tats, and I put them down on my desk...next thing I know, I look over, and this is how they looked where I set them down on top of eachother. To quote a very wise person, "How Cool Is That?" What a wicked cool image, if I do say so myself! The sun, on my upper thigh, is one that I did myself back when I first started getting good at tattooing. The wings - inside my biceps - I got those from the artist I replaced at Skin Deep Tattoo in Maui, circa 1992. That's what brought me out to Maui to live - an enticing job offer at the oldest tattoo shop in Maui. I worked for this awesome woman, Taunee Beekman. She is a very down to Earth lesbian tattoo artist and shop owner. She was really great. Actually, Maui overall was really great. I was there for a whole decade, and I do miss the island lifestyle...although, it does get pretty isolated out there in the middle of the ocean. Hawaii is a DOT in the middle of the ocean.
For me, being a tattoo artist has been such a life enhancing experience. Before that, I was a fine dining pastry chef. I excelled in my career. I was published. Worked at a world class restaurant, under an ingenious executive chef who gave me a lot of creative freedom. But still, every day as I punched in at the timeclock, I found myself wondering, "is this all there is??" When tattooing came in to my life, I gained so much more self esteem and confidence. Also, the nature of the job - ever changing challenges - is just what I needed to find fufillment. Tattooing has brought me to many a place, far and near. It had given me incredible discipline as an artist. My clients will request a certain design, and it is my obligation to come up with the best design possible - for it will be on someone's body forever. I consider this an honor and a priveledge, and a great responsibility. I have a very spiritual approach to my tattooing. I connect with my clients. I probably don't charge enough for my tattoos - that's why I leave the pricing up to my husband - that way I walk away much happier (in the pocket).
Tattoos are definitely not for everyone. But me, they make me who I am.