Kisby said he wandered around the convention asking people if he could take their pictures.“People were just really open to getting their photograph taken," he told Huff Post."And especially when those people come together who individually out there in the real world have to deal with prejudices, it’s really heartwarming and nice to see people be able to celebrate themselves all together.” Kisby tried to highlight a broad range of people who have piercings, tattoos and other types of body modification in order to show that "there’s no one type or style of person" at the conference."I wanted to make sure that I could show each person in their own authentic way," he said.It was way out in the woods and we didn't have running water. Art is subjective, but there are fundamentals that can still be judged. You're part of the Painful Pleasures family, right? I like working with companies and people that not only have great products, but good people and companies who have really good customer service. I feel like if I have any questions, I can ask them. I think being poor and struggling when you're in your twenties is a great experience. Your life is spontaneous because you don't always have the option to pay for a "simple fix" so you have to be creative and you have to have relationships with other people because you need help. I'm used to discussing art and having a real opinion about it, and I'm able to back it up. I've spent my life trying to get better at this. I actually grew up in a really small - some people would call it a shack. I think a lot of tattooers only now are coming from art school, but a lot of tattooers come from a non-schooled background so they discuss artwork with each other as if it's a social conversation and they don't want to offend anyone. It means a lot to me and I'm not going to slight myself or other artists who work really hard to accomplish something by making false niceties just so someone feels good about their tattoo or their paintings. we like each other, and I think we were both lonely and we're good people and we kind of saw that about each other in the house, so I'm not really sure what it is… [laughs] He doesn't drink and I really like that about him, and I noticed he wasn't getting caught up in any of the drama in the house.
It makes me feel like a hobbyist when I looked at the sculptures there. I consider you a master in your own right in a different medium. Tell me about the impact it had on you when you went to Hell City [Tattoo Convention] and saw Nikko Hurtado.
We had a spring for our drinking water and we bathed in the lake at the end of the street. [laughs] I was shell shocked in college learning how to not be judgmental of the entire world. [laughs] I judged everyone because I didn't understand how the guys didn't know how to work on cars and I… I realized that I wasn't open-minded and it was the best thing for me, because then I started accepting people for the way they are and I became interested in how different people are. I read that you were living hand-to-mouth when you started your apprenticeship. When you look back, you realize those are some of the best times of your life because you really appreciate everything. In Maine I played with boys and the "cool thing" was to be strong, be independent, don't cry when you fall, climb the highest tree, and be able to ride your bike really fast. bio reads, "She's aware that she comes off as arrogant." I don't see you as arrogant, do you? [laughs] I'm not arrogant, I'm opinionated because I think - I have an educated background in art.
I didn't learn how to straighten my hair or pluck my eyebrows until college. And then I realized I'd never been exposed to 98 percent of the other people and when I went to college, I had to learn not to judge sorority girls and learn not to judge people from Jersey. It's fine to judge sorority girls, but you're telling me you judged people from New Jersey? I painted, well I stamped my best friend's entire naked body in Talens black ink. I was always getting in trouble for painting my friends or myself. Yeah, only in my older age have I learned how to express my femininity and to be in touch with it.
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