CJ is a self-taught tattoo artist born in Bakersfield, CA Oct. 24th, 1986. She started early in her artistic ventures from being surrounded by a family of different style artists. At 15 years old (2001), CJ built her first tattoo machine and started tattooing friends (not planning to take it serious at the time). Originally, she had plans to become a music engineer, but after turning 17 and graduating high school… music had been dropped and the tattoo machine better learned and understood. She decided to stay with what she instantly fell in love with.
After graduating high school, CJ had many jobs (usually 3 at a time), for a couple years until taking a full-time position in a shop in 2006. With a dream of opening a tattoo shop, CJ began to pursue her goal. In 2009 an opportunity was offered to her, to purchase a shop. With no money saved.. she decided to sell everything she owned to purchase the shop, in pursuit of a brighter future.
Sykotic Ink was opened on January 4th, 2010 in the Southeast area of Bakersfield. It was about 500 sq ft. After over a year of hard work, focused intensity, and diligence, she relocated Sykotic Ink to a 1,200 sq ft studio, twice the size of the original location, and created a larger, and more adequate team of artists to represent Sykotic Ink. The studio opened April 26, 2011.
CJ's main study and focus is lettering. Spending hours a day studying ancient styles and modern concepts. Then putting them together to create her own unique style. With high attention to detail and flawless linework, she has spent years to develop her skill in this area. She is currently a 8x award-winning artist for "Best Lettering" in tattoos.
CJ specializes in custom lettering, . She is now focusing on strengthening her skills. Applying techniques of painting, and graphic designing to her tattooing. CJ does bimonthly guest spots at Blck Filigree.