I was born and raised in Aotearoa (New Zealand) in a family of artists where creativity was always encouraged. I went to art school and tried to go the fine art route, but found that my preference was for the world of comic books, tattoos, club flyers and graffiti.
I hunted around for a tattoo apprenticeship in Aotearoa, but in the early 1990s there weren’t all that many tattoo studios, and most women in the business were there because they were either from a family of tattooers or dating a tattooer. Without these kind of connections it was tricky getting a foot in the door in those days.
I then travelled further in search of an apprenticeship and I was fortunate to be given my first break by Mark Lee of Realistic Dermagraphics, on the Portobello Road in London, in the early ’90s. I went on to do further apprenticeship with eX de Medici at Deus Ex Machina in Canberra, Australia.
I moved to Sydney in 1998 and worked at The Celtic Dragon, Kiwi Kim’s famous studio on Enmore Road in Newtown and then for many years at Inner Vision Tattoo in Darlinghurst. Since 2017 I’ve been enjoying working with Rhys Gordon and his talented crew at Little Tokyo Temple of Art in Surry Hills.
I feel very fortunate to have been tattooing full-time since 1996. Over the years I’ve done thousands of tattoos in a variety of styles for people from all walks of life. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to working with you!