Where are you from?
The Chicagoland area/northwest Indiana.
What is your feminist story?
It’s taken me days to figure out where to even start with this to not make it a novel. I can say it was as simple as growing up listening to Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill as a teenager, being a tomboy who was most always mistaken for an actual boy, loving women, and embracing the idea of female/human equality. However, it it is also as complex as entering a very male dominated career path as a young lesbian woman. Tattooing (like many and most careers), has historically been a very male dominated industry. In the beginning--11 years ago for myself--men would think that I was "cute." They also thought it was ridiculous for women to be tattooers, and people entering the shop would ask me, or any other women there, if we were the counter person. They were often surprised that we were tattooers as well. Also, being a lesbian brings in a whole other dynamic. I guess the most general way to put that is to say that male tattooers have treated me all kinds of ways over the years, from being not so nice because there was never the chance of me sleeping with them; on the flip side, after years of hard work and dedication, I have finally gotten some of the respect that I think I deserve. I have been lucky enough to say that I have met many other tattooers that treat me equitably. I am proud to be a woman in this industry, doing my own thing and doing it differently. I have shared my experiences with lots of other female tattooers, and the response is pretty consistent across the board.
What is feminism?
Feminism is fighting for the equality of all women and men, embracing all strengths and differences of all humans, and making choices for our well being, freely, without the pressure of others.
What is feminist as fuck?
Being feminist as fuck means embracing and celebrating being a strong, beautiful, woman in the world, without ever having to explain ourselves, and never being apologetic. It means we have the freedom to make choices for ourselves.
What feminist topics are important to you?
Reproductive freedom, freedom from gender oppression. Challenging societal norms as far as sexuality/gender. So many things!