About Me:

 

I live and work in the amazing city of Chicago, Illinois.

I’ve been tattooing professionally since 1996, after serving a formal 2-year apprenticeship with Cap Szumski at Timeless Tattoo in Atlanta, GA.

I moved back to Chicago in 2004 to be nearer to my family. I started working at Tattoo Factory in the notorious Uptown neighborhood upon my return, and remained there until November of 2012.

With love and blessings from my Tattoo Factory family, I opened my own private tattoo studio in 2012, and am available by appointment only.

If you would like to get tattooed by me, please use the contact form. Be aware that while my schedule is always full, I will always accept new clients. I've been told I'm worth the wait, and I do my best to make that true.

I love to do all styles of tattooing, and enjoy making the design flow with the natural lines of the body. If I think another tattooer would be better suited for what you want done, I'll be honest and refer you to the right person.

I take pride in my work, and can generally draw whatever you want. I’m a perfectionist, which is a blessing and a curse. I was trained by one of the best tattooers in the business, so there's no pressure there!

I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. My loved ones have always encouraged me in all of my creative endeavors, and I have always had full support in making my dreams a reality.

I am a student-at-large at the Chicago Mosaic School, where I am allowed to break things and put them back together in pleasing and occasionally bizarre fashions.

I  became totally immersed in belly dance in the early ‘90’s. My interest now ebbs and flows, but it’s always going to be a part of me. I’m fortunate to have studied with two exceptional dancers for many years, Layla Katrina and Aziza Nawal. I was a member of both of their performing troupes when I lived in Atlanta . I haven’t found my belly dance niche’ in Chicago, but it might be here somewhere. Even if I never dance again, I have years of wonderful memories to look back on.

I do my best to do hatha yoga and meditate on a regular basis, which helps keep me centered and not act like a jerk. If I can ever find the time, I'd love to train to become a yoga teacher. I'd like to be able to help people who are injured or otherwise not in peak physical condition find some peace within their bodies and spirits. 

For many years, I’ve ridden a 1980 Vespa P200. She has a boomin’ system and is quite the attention-getter. In 2008, I acquired a gorgeous 1961 Series 2 TV175 Lambretta. I can’t get enough of old scooters, but I’m collect and ride mopeds and vintage motorcycles.

Traveling is my drug. I am in love with Northern Europe, and have been to Sweden several times. I think Denmark might be the most beautiful place on Earth, though my Swedish friends would disagree! I can never get enough of exploring, and my future adventures will include Italy, India, Prague, Egypt, Petra, Australia, Mars, etc.

I grew up in a very rock n’ roll family full of musicians and artists. My favourite band is, and will always be, The Soundtrack of Our Lives. Rounding out my top 3 faves are Ghost and In Solitude. The Who, Burt Bacharach, Gram Parsons, The Stones, MC5, etc. I love old soul, classical, and ethnic music from around the world. Music inspires me and I could not possibly live without it. I collect records, go to shows, and design concert posters for bands I like. I feel a responsibility to support my fellow artists and musicians.

I’m an armchair scholar;  I strive to learn something new every day. Current obsessions include quantum physics, anything from the Victorian and Edwardian eras (yes, I am a Downton Abbey fanatic!), art nouveau, ancient history, architecture, antiques, and the golden age of piracy. Somehow I've been sucked into the show Criminal Minds. If you are concerned with having a "cool" tattoo artist do your work, I am not your gal. If you want someone who takes their craft as seriously as a heart attack and strives for the best possible work, use the contact form and let me know what you are thinking about having done.

I do my best to be compassionate and kind, and try to live by the golden rule. Doesn’t always work, but the point is to make the effort, right?