Inked Girls: Sadie Spexappeal
Myself in a sentence: Obsessed with vintage Americana, I'm a modern pinup paying homage to the tattooed ladies of the side show circus I've admired and emulated since I was a child.
Hometown: San Jose
The design and themes of my tattoos: I collect my tattoos in the same fashion as the American navy did in the first and second world wars. Travel marks. I love and follow many shops and artists around the country and as I travel, I get tattooed. My tattoos are in a patchwork design, an old method of tattooing small patch pieces and filling with stars and dots filler. Very American traditional.
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it: I have a peacock I picked from hanging vintage circus trading cards in Tattoo City, Ed Hardy's shop in San Francisco. His son Doug Hardy applied the tattoo for me, he'd had those cards handed down to him and had never tattooed any of them before. It was an amazing experience, being tattooed by a legacy of traditional American tattooing. His father was the closest confidant to The Father of American tattooing, Captain Norman Keith Collins; Sailor Jerry. It was like stepping back in time.
My next tattoo: I'm finishing up the backs of my thighs. I have a boxing bear on one facing what will be his boxing kangaroo counterpart on the other leg. It will look like they're boxing each other as I walk away.