When did you start getting tattooed? What was your first tattoo?
I started getting tattooed when I was seventeen. Of course I had to do it illegally or it “wasn’t cool” and went with a pretty simple first timer tattoo, a quote on my right shoulder blade. It says “What doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.” I still love it because it was my first one and helped me get through some tough times, but I’m sure it will get covered when we start a back piece.
We love the ink on left thigh. Tell us more about the design and art work. What was the inspiration behind it.
Tell us a bit about TattooedMartha.com. Name / origin?
Tattooed Martha is my creative lifestyle blog that I started three years ago. Tattooed Martha, obviously playing off of Martha Stewart, was just a nickname that sparked the idea for the blog. It hosts a variety of recipes, crafts, DIY projects, tattoo topics, artwork, and some personal writing.
What inspired you start blogging and sharing yummy recipes/ DIY projects?
I was working an emotionally draining corporate job and after being unexpectedly let go, I found myself quite lost in terms of what to do next. While searching for work again I made the decision to simple create something each day.. Crafts, cocktails, recipes, and of course a lot of messes! I started documenting them and finally launched my own site sharing step-by-step tutorials on what I was doing. It’s been a challenging, creative, and chaotic path so far and I can’t wait to see where it continues to grow!
When you are not blogging what can we find Tattooed Martha doing?
When I’m not working on the blog I’m out hiking, at the Oregon coast, adding to my tattoo collection, or just relaxing with friends.
Do you see any trends in the world of blogging. Changes in the social platform of writing and sharing online?
I see blogging becoming a more respected and recognized industry. I don’t think anyone realizes the amount of time, money, creativity, emotion, and hard work that goes into starting and maintaining a website or blog. It’s still a new industry so it’s always growing and evolving which makes it exciting and fresh each day.
Do you have any recent fun Northwest adventure you want to share with us..? Upcoming expos or travels?
I’m always looking for new places to adventure to in the Pacific Northwest so on the list this summer is Lake Trillium, Crater Lake, the Alvord Desert, and Thor’s Well. As far as tattoo conventions go, we hope to make it to Hell City Phoenix again this August and of course the Portland show this October.