Built to Thrill

Tell us about your cool job.
I work as a painter/sandblaster at a shipyard. I’ve been doing it for the past five years! It’s definitely one of the most dirty and difficult jobs I’ve had. But I’ve learned a lot and it’s always entertaining to see the reactions of people who ask me what I do for a living.

What are the artistic aspects to your gig? Has it affected the way you interact with tattooers and vice versa?
Honestly, it’s not much of an artistic job. We go into an area of the boat, sandblast/prep the metal for paint, and then paint. But I feel that my job makes tattooers respect me more. I’m not your typical girly girl.

What made you get a back piece?
I didn’t intend to get a full back piece. I started with my mermaid—which was part of a cover-up I got when I was younger—and just went from there. My favorite movie is The Little Mermaid and I decided I wanted to go with an “under the sea” theme. I was obsessed with the movie and even wanted to change my name to Ariel.

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