us a bit about your background -- what led you into art and what drives
Since childhood I always knew I wanted to be an artist, and in 2004 I
started my tattoo apprenticeship and went to art school. As a tattoo
artist I'm constantly drawing and painting. In the last year or so I
have been experimenting in 3D forms, using mostly thrift store junk
and mannequin parts. I love tattoo art. I use lots of traditional tattoo
content in a non-traditional way.
inspires your designs?
Mexican folk art, Dia de los Muertos, Frida Kahlo, religious icons,
tattoos, flora, fauna, alchemy ... oh so many things inspire me!
Tell us a bit about your design and the story behind it.
I like to combine traditional folk art designs with my sugar skulls,
and research folk art from many different cultures. For this one I added
the birds on her head, I think it gives her almost a Frida-esque
your studio/workspace like?
I just moved, so my studio consists of a couple dozen bins and boxes
labeled "art stuff" with random mannequin parts lying around. It will be
awesome once again when I turn my garage into a new studio!
your favorite handmade craft you’ve ever made?
There's a miniature clay couch in my dad's china cabinet that I made in
elementary school. If I remember correctly, I folded a slab of clay and
it looked like a couch to me, so I added arm rests and button holes. I'm
not sure why it survived all these years, but it did. I love it.
Finally, if you were a Crayola crayon, what color would you be?
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