Kitty Love

Kitty Love

Art Activist / Executive Director

Arts 2 People

Candler, NC USA

There will come a point when your interest in working with other people is so compelling there won't be a choice; you'll just be doing it.


By Roadtrip Nation

Kitty Love


My road in life has been direct.
After graduating from art school, she realized she had absolutely no interest in commercial art.
Met a fellow artist in a bar; he convinced her that they should buy tattoo equipment and start tattooing.
Traveled around the country in a bus; they'd throw their portfolio down in a bar and just start tattooing people.
Says she never made a fortune tattooing, but she made a living, and more importantly, she's been her own boss for 19 years.
At one point, she heard a local task force was trying to rid her city of graffiti; she marched over to their meeting, ready to put up a fight.
Rather than shutting her down, the task force invited her to share her idea for a legal graffiti wall; she realized open communication was more effective.
Her idea grew into a 5,000-square-foot communal mural that celebrates the history of Asheville, North Carolina.
Believes in a "put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping your child" method; you can only devote yourself to helping others once your passion's fulfilled.
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Art Activist / Executive Director

I'm a tattoo artist and also organize business and professional training resources for other artists and creatives.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Working with Others

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