Bones and Feathers ring (left hand); Sunahara ring (right hand). Bess jacket; Clo Intimo underwear; Jeffrey Campbell shoes.
With long, blond locks and a subtle smile, Patton Suicide is a gorgeous girl—but add in her tattoos and she’s a dynamo. As a bona fide head-turner, she’s an amazing ambassador for the inked community. “I’ve always been fascinated by how I could permanently change my body in a beautiful way,” she says. “It’s about belonging to the side of humanity that didn’t choose the standard path, and I’m happy to promote alternative beauty and individuality.”
There are few acts more individualistic than getting a tattoo. Patton’s most significant piece spans the curvature of her back. “It’s based on one of my favorite stories, The Call of the Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft,” she says. “It was a serious test of will to get it completed and I’m grateful to have sat through it all.”
Born and raised in Cleveland, Patton comes from a family tree with inked branches. “My grandfather had traditional navy ink on his forearms that inspired me as a kid, so I got a replica of one of his tattoos on my inner arm,” she says. “I’ve marked my body with all of the things that have influenced my life significantly, whether amusing or personal.” Her mother took her to get her first tattoo at 15, and Patton hasn’t stopped since.
She may be in front of the camera a lot, but Patton has managed to maintain a humble outlook on her existence: “I lead a simple and happy life, despite all the strangeness that surrounds it,” she says over a glass of freshly made ginger ale. “I’d sum it up in four words: solitary trees grow strong.” You may not have expected Patton to paraphrase Winston Churchill, but this brave vixen with good roots is full of surprises.
“I’ve always been fascinated by how I could permanently change my body in a beautiful way.”