Skin Art|Issue 173
Tell me, how does a Jersey girl find herself on the other side of the globe as a tattoo artist?
I was working as a graphic designer at Rutgers University. As you know, winters in New Jersey are cold and snowy, and I never enjoyed NJ winters. It was right around the time when Instagram first came out, and I suddenly had access, right on my cell phone, to photos taken by people all over the world of beautiful sunny places, pristine beaches, and insanely awesome tattoo work. I was honestly sick of New Jersey and couldn’t really see myself advancing my career in graphic design, which was a career I had chosen in college because I was always warned against being a starving artist. After finishing art school, painting and drawing was a hobby that I spent most nights after work on.
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