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Myself, in a sentence
I am an artist with an obsession for insects, pencils, and shoes.
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it
My Hi-Octane Red Head Gasoline shoulder stamp. I call it a stamp because it's a very well placed warning or invitation, depending on who you are and what mood I'm in. It is very much my personality - from the bright hair to the "hi-octane" part of it. I'm an all-in kind of gal. I'm called matchstick, gingersnap, and bricktop because of my hair. The image is the logo from an old gasoline company, I think from the 30s, and this was their match book cover image. My tattoist Harlan Thompson from Pioneer and I decided to slightly modify the graphic to make it a good tattoo. In the graphic there is a circle around the image, but we determined it was best to leave out the circle to avoid any warped perspective on the skin. So he implied the circle with the text. I think it's fantastic and apparently so does everyone else. I get a lot of shouts on the street about it and people on the bus asking to take a picture of it.
My first tattoo and the story behind it
Pretty typical: 18 year old girl leaves home and gets a butterfly tattoo on her shoulder blade. The atypical part? I'm actually an amateur entomologist and professional artist that draws insects, so bugs are my thing. They mean a lot to me. I almost got into a virtual fist fight on Facebook the other day with a woman who was challenging an insect post I made. Turns out she was trying to make a joke but I guess I learned I take insects too seriously to joke about, but not so seriously I won't stick a human skull face on one and get inked.
My next tattoo
Next up is a skull faced butterfly girl and I found a matching red head from a cigarette company for my other shoulder. I have two girl faces on insects already, a spider and a butterfly. It's becoming a little trend of mine - little faces and especially faces on insects.