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:
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Non-Profit Organizations
Working with Others