Inked: Can you tell us more about that? What are you doing when the cameras are off?
Mixter: When cameras are off I definitely stay busy! I love having a full plate so whether it’s traveling hosting events, throwing parties in L.A, painting, or now starting a new real estate endeavor with a team we created called ZOPA Realty, I’ve really been trying to stay on the move.
Bettencourt: I am also definitely a busy and energetic person; from a stylist to a working dancer to my fashion project to, as Whitney mentioned, launching ZOPA Realty, I am always busy. I am also addicted to working out and staying fit, after all I have to feel good on the inside to energize my full schedule.
Inked: It’s clear that your both active, especially in the arts. You’re even covered with some art yourself - Can you both tell us about your tattoos (your first, your last and your future plans for ink)?
Mixter: My first tattoo was done when I was about 14 by a homemade gun in my friend’s living room. You definitely don’t make the best decisions when you’re that age and knowing what I know now I would’ve paused on the impulse decision, but hey, I guess you live and learn. My favorite tattoo I believe is also my most recent tattoo, which is a large Ganesh on my back. I’m planning on getting my back colored in and extended all the way down to my thigh this fall so I’m siked for that.
Bettencourt: My first tattoo was a Koi fish on my hip area. My last tattoo, interestingly enough, was actually Whitney’s name on the back of my calf/ankle area above a heart with a banner through it; it is a work in progress. My favorite tattoo would have to be my entire sleeve on my right arm that was done by the extremely talented artist Adam Barton. I have two traditional roses that say mom and dad in Portuguese and above that I have a Gypsy/fortune teller holding a snake. Then above that I have a vintage Ginger sewing machine with a lot of detail incorporated throughout it all. My inner wrist reads True and above that I have Bjork’s emblem because I love her!
Inked: Do you think you tend to gravitate towards women with tattoos?
Mixter: It definitely is a good initial eye catcher…haha. I appreciate art and expression and of course being involved in tattoo culture I have an attraction to it but you can’t just be aesthetically pleasing to keep me around, substance definitely is the outweighing factor.
Bettencourt: I definitely am drawn to people with tattoos, there is something about a person who is willing to take the risk and is confident enough to wear a piece of art on their skin.
Inked: Speaking of ink, Whitney, your audition tape shows a tattoo gun and you mention that it's something you were meddling with - have you ever done any tattoos yourself and would you ever?
Mixter: I’ve always been an artist and I love tattoos so it’s definitely been something I’ve thought about but I understand and respect how committed you need to be to the craft and right now I’m just too busy. Maybe down the road tattooing will be something that I explore but as of now I’ve tattooed a key on my inner ankle and done a creepy little bird on my sister but that’s pretty much it.
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