When someone named Nova comments on your blog post about tattoos, recommending that you tell your son "...that some people choose to get pictures put on their skin that stay there for the rest of their lives, and some people don't," you have to sit up and take notice.
I am not sure how Nova of Four-Eyes Rella found my blog, but I am sure glad she did—it means I found her blog, too! I knew I just had to interview her and share her with the people I love: you! But be aware, I had to go all prude-ish and edit a few choice words from her responses.
I'll let her describe herself in her own choice words:
My interests revolve around funny stuff, tattoos, writing, editing,
cats, dogs, photography and languages (especially Spanish). I live with
my boyfriend, his 2 kids, a cat and a dog in Victoria, a small city on
Vancouver Island in Canada. I work in a tattoo shop there. I would
love to be a writer some day. Maybe.
the most enviable home office ever. In fact, I am still so nervous about her liking this interview that I have drafted this intro four times. I will just let her show you how awesome she is.
1. Let my fancy readers know what your blog is all about.
My blog is about my life and whatever it is that captures my attention
on any given day. Usually I have like 75 billion pictures of my dog
which some people really seem to like. I write a lot about things that
strike me as funny or unusual, I post a lot of pictures as I'm super
interested in learning about photography, and since I work in a tattoo
shop I post a lot of tattoo related things too. Oh, and every
Thursday...LOOK OUT. It gets bananas up in there with TILT posts.
are a word nerd just like me, but you also have a "tough" outer vibe.
How do you marry the two, or are they not mutually exclusive?
I really really don't have a "tough" vibe. Like, at all. You should meet
me in real life, I'm a huge dork. I think sometimes I do come off as
kind of a jerk because I'm super shy and quiet and refuse to do "small
talk." I like that you think I'm tough though! Hahaha! The awesome thing
about human beings is we have so many levels and facets and so much
depth. I honestly beleve that every single person is interesting if you
get to know them, and could surprise you with their knowledge and
interests. You should never judge a book by its cover. For example, this
book has a University
degree and loves kitties and has been to probably half of the states in
Mexico but never overseas, and works in a tattoo shop and set her alarm
super early today on her day off so she could get up and read the Game
of Thrones books in the morning light.
3. I can't let this interview go any longer without starting some Bus Talk. Let's hear the low-down on your bus love/hate.
Oh why do we have to go there? WHY OH WHY? There is no "love" side to
the bus unless you count that it gets me from A to B. I'm not the only
one who hates it though, I get a really amazing response every time I
write about it in my blog. In fact, I'm thinking about starting a "The
bus sucks everywhere" feature...so if any of you lovely folks out there
have some amazing bus stories, or just want to vent about it, please
e-mail me. I've already got my first post lined up from a bus rider in
make your living being artistic, through working at a tattoo shop. I am
interested to hear about your process, the collaborative efforts of
tattoos, and the creative environment of your workplace.
I'm actually not a tattooer, I just kind of ... do everything else in
the tattoo shop. I'm still semi-involved in the client/artist process in
that I set them up together, make sure the client brings all they need
to the table and that they're prepared before they talk to the tattoo
artist, aid in the communication between the two, set up appointments
and the tattooers' schedules etc. Mainly my job is sterilization, taking
care of the clients, money stuff, making sure we have all the supplies,
reception-type stuff and all the random little jobs that pop up. My
biggest pet peeve is when people see me standing there and assume I do
nothing all day and my job is the easiest...I mean...sometimes it really
is, but I always have to keep my eye on everybody and make sure
everything is running smoothly. Oh yeah, and I wouldn't be doing my job
if I didn't mention our website, facebook page and twitter! :) Most of the posts and tweets and stuff are by me. Just sayin'.
The creative environment around the shop is something I don't really
think about anymore, I'm so used to the guys I work with just magically
whipping up a killer snake sleeve or a rad painting of a wizard or
whatever...but seriously, tattooers are amazing. They constantly work
under pressure and make it all look so easy. I am seriously lucky to be
surrounded by so much talent.
5. How important is your blogging to you, in terms of sharing your story/photography/general awesomeness?
I recently tried to explain why I blog to my sister and it was
impossible. It's one of those things...if you don't do it you won't get
it. I probably spend six to eight hours per week writing, editing photos
and reading other blogs. And I enjoy every second of it even though it
just sounds like a hell of a lot of work to the layman! I really feel
like it's paying off in so many ways, and I haven't even reached the
level of 'paid sponsor' blogger yet. (Although if you want to do an ad
trade, email me, I'm thinking about doing that in December!!) I just
find that sharing my life with all my internet friends, and reading
about theirs is constantly exciting, it's great writing and storytelling
practice and every single new follower or comment makes me feel like
it's totally worth it.
If you like what you read, and I know you did, check out Nova on her twitter, tumblr and facebook pages! Thanks a million, Nova!