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Samii Ryan is the perfect modern-day pin-up. She has plump lips and classic curves yet her hair is always edgy and the tattoos scream rebellious style. The juxtaposition of Samii’s fashion-forward style with the soulful notes of the Betties (Page, Grable and the rest) makes her more of a true pin-up than those still dressing to the nines of a pre-Nuclear Age. What made the originals so impressive is that their looks pushed the boundaries of modern sensibility. Beyond her personal demeanor and style, Samii is the ideal custodian of pin-up in that her own creations inspire some of the most malcontent mavens. As a jewelry and accessories designer, By Samii Ryan pieces (available on inkedshop.com) have been worn by Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Ke$ha.
INKED: What does style mean to you?
Style is self-expressional; style is who you are, or who you want to be. When you get dressed in the morning you should always be dressing for yourself. In a world full of Cheerios be the Fruit Loop.
How do tattoos work within your overall style?
They are a part of who I am. I have always been a huge art fan and when I was old enough to get my first tattoo I was hooked. I see my body as a blank canvas and my artwork was painted on me permanently by amazing artists. I am writing a story with my tattoos on my body about my life as who I was, who I am, and who I am becoming. I love being able to show off some ass and ink any day of the week.
What are your thoughts on pin-up?
Pin-up to me is the classic sexy bombshell. They are the girls who are able to look effortless with their bums and boobs out, pointed toes, painted face, and topped off with a smile. Pin-up expresses my sexual side. She is sweet, sassy, sexy, teasing, and a classic lady at heart.
Can one work pin-up into a new edgy look?
I think one can definitely work pin-up into a new edgy look—I did it. I have my head shaved with blonde curly locks falling over my right ear and I have two arms covered in tattoos. I am the new age pin-up woman, a woman who isn’t afraid to show her personal style while taking inspiration from the iconic pin-up era.
When you design pieces, who do you have in mind?
I design jewelry for the young trendy girl who has swag and just needs a little sprinkle on the whipped cream to complete her look. By Samii Ryan jewelry is bold, unique, and different. I make jewelry to show women that they can be whoever they want to be while wearing my pieces. I want them to be fearless, I want them to feel badass, I want them to feel like their inner-goddess is coming out.
Do you design your own tattoos?
I have never actually designed my own tattoo, however I do always think of ideas and collaboratively work with the artist to create a unique piece. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing tattoo artists such as Josh Bodwell, Roman Abrego, Tim Hendricks, Sean From Texas, and Miryam Lumpini. I love having so many different talented artists work on my canvas.
What do you think is your most signature physical attribute?
I think my signature physical attribute would be my hair. I have such a unique sense of style and that comes from a combination of my clothing, tattoos and hair. I think others would say their favorite attribute of mine is my booty—you decide.
You semi-recently moved to LA, how has that influenced your life’s path?
Moving to Los Angeles has catapulted my career for the better. I have accomplished so many things shy of a year of living out here. From music videos for performers such as: Trace Cyrus, Falling In Reverse, K Camp x Fetty Wap, Kalin and Myles, and Moosh & Twist. I had my modeling sets featured by Playboy and Maxim. My jewelry collection is becoming more popular with female influencers and even has sparked the interest of trendy male models. The sky is not the limit for me, I’m reaching for the moon, and even if I miss I’ll land among the stars. Just remember my name—you’ll be seeing it a lot more in the future.
Photo Gallery Follows the Text Samii Ryan is the perfect modern-day pin-up. She has plump lips and classic curves yet her hair is always edgy and the tattoos scream rebellious style. The juxtaposition of Samii’s […]