I'm a tattoo artist native to Baltimore, Maryland. I love to travel and welcome the chance to visit other studios. Please inquire if interested in hosting me at your studio, or getting work done with me in other states/countries as I always want to expand my network of amazing people, when and if possible.
My tattoo work explores mostly organic themes, i.e. Nature, Animals, Faces; I like to be able to let the design evolve from what I'm given by my clients and what I know as an artist. As much as I admire straight lines and precision, it's hardly my strength. I think I avoid things like clocks and compasses because, on the whole, I worry little about where I'm going and what time I'll get there. There's a Lao Tzu saying, "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." I feel that's the only 'reason' I can offer to my work. (To future clients, I'm quite knowledgable of my work flow, so never fear, I'll get us both to the goal... it's just gonna be different than any other purchase or process, you've ever known.)
To brand my tattoo 'look,' I'm quite selective about the projects I choose; as I not only want the tattoo to flow and be a solid tattoo but something that I can put my heart into. I find that it is to the benefit of everyone involved if I'm excited to move forward with a project. My best clients are ones who give me a lot of creative freedom with their tattoos and trust that I will deliver a solid final product.
Since 2020, a switch was flipped in me and it's made me even more selective of my pool of clients. It's hard to put into words but the simplest way to say it is that 2020 broke my heart. (I do apologize to the many who have sat waiting for me. It's not you. It's me.) It's taken me a lot of personal time to recover. If you know me, you might understand more and once you meet me, you'll probably see too, as I always try to be transparent with my clients; I think it imbues trust.
Tattooing has become sacred to me. It's not about making money or keeping up with what the rest of the world is doing (although I do have to balance all of those factors still). It's about connection and sharing something with the world that I know that I have the power to create. It's about the world stopping for a bit and taking a day to practice:
Gratitude, Art, Communication, Reflection, Patience, Kindness, Honesty, Sharing, Listening and the list goes on... So much beauty takes place in my little tattoo room. It's amazing what beauty comes from the willingness to sit with pain and find relief. I look forward to experiencing this with as many as I can.
Most of my education comes from 'The School of Hard Knocks'. So far, I hold nothing more than a high school diploma. I've studied art all my life, but mostly on my own with the added encouragement of my family. As a little girl, all I ever wanted to do was to draw.
I took many outside classes for art as a child, and when my parents felt it was time to elevate my professional skills, they enrolled me in an out of county magnet high school: Carver Center for Arts and Technology. (Officially: George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology). I gained most of my foundation in the arts from Carver and graduated in 1999.
After high school, I attended three years at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). I was working towards a Bachelor's in Illustration. However, I left in 2002... never to finish.
Although I'm not a graduate of MICA, I do feel that the education I gained there, studying illustration, aids me in transforming my client's ideas into a solid tattoo/artwork.
Tattoo Magazine: October 2015, Issue 314.