My life was flushed with art and culture from the very beginning. Since I can remember, I have been drawing, painting, building, and showing off my artwork to everyone I knew. Art has always made me feel like I am free, safe, and loved—always free to transform my physical world into something beautiful, while being showered with praise for it. My journey with tattoos started when my father passed away. I started to embrace my Native roots more to feel connected to him, and fell in love with the designs my ancestors carved into stone and skin. Once I found my way into the industry, life just seemed to get better and I seemed to feel happier. I then learned of the month of perforation, in which my ancestors took part in being pierced in order to heal, or commemorate a hardship they overcame. A couple months after I started piercing and got certain qualifications to be a professional body artist, I was granted the opportunity to practice my craft at Black Filigree. I love every style of tattooing but surrealism is what makes me happiest, and now I want to pierce everything on every human I see. I have never felt happier, or more acknowledged as a woman in this industry than I do now at Black filigree. There is a huge stigma in American society that you can’t make a living out of art, especially as a woman—all of us at Black Filigree are here to prove this wrong.
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