Jennifer Schichi's Profile

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I’ve always been an artist. I was called by the tattoo gods in 1992.The first time I tattooed anyone I had a real honest to goodness epiphany and I knew tattooing was “It” for me. Though it was no easy transition from canvas to skin. I was doing custom work from the very beginning. Tattooing is so involved on so many different levels I’m still always learning. Tattoo is an expression of spirit. Once you are tattooed you are transformed forever. That’s where the magic is.
When time allows, I enjoy painting in acrylic, watercolor, and oils. Spiritual, psychedelic images of beauty and the natural world inspire me. I travel to tattoo conventions throughout the year and spend as much time vacationing as possible.
History: My art talent is a legacy coming directly though my mother and grandmother’s side of the family. As a child I was always drawing or painting something. Known as the artistic kid in school, I did custom…

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  • Joined January 31, 2011

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Acrylic Paint, Tattoo Ink, Imagination, Spirit

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I’ve always been an artist. I was called by the tattoo gods in 1992.The first time I tattooed anyone I had a real honest to goodness epiphany and I knew tattooing was “It” for me. Though it was no easy transition from canvas to skin. I was doing custom work from the very beginning. Tattooing is so involved on so many different levels I’m still always learning. Tattoo is an expression of spirit. Once you are tattooed you are transformed forever. That’s where the magic is.
When time allows, I enjoy painting in acrylic, watercolor, and oils. Spiritual, psychedelic images of beauty and the natural world inspire me. I travel to tattoo conventions throughout the year and spend as much time vacationing as possible.
History: My art talent is a legacy coming directly though my mother and grandmother’s side of the family. As a child I was always drawing or painting something. Known as the artistic kid in school, I did custom drawings for my friends of our favorite heavy metal bands. While replicating a picture of the band Iron Maiden, I made a conscious decision to do something with my art, and decided a regular 9 to 5 job wasn’t for me. Junior year I was accepted into The Los Angeles County high school for the arts, and immediately after graduation headed to Chicago where I spent my first two years of college at the art institute. My first major was sculpture, working with clay, and the intense processes of foundry casting. Not feeling at home in the concrete jungle, I returned to so cal and finished my schooling at the Art Institute in Laguna Beach. I began tattooing in 1992. In Chicago, I began drawing custom tattoos for people who didn’t want to just “pick something off the wall” A friend and now fellow tattoo artist said, “you draw all this stuff, why don’t you do the tattoo? I bought a kit, and the first time I tattooed someone I had an honest to goodness epiphany and I knew tattooing was “it “ for me. I spent the first seven years of my career working in traditional tattoo shops, honing my technique with the typical imagery requested in the street shops. I earned a reputation for my versatility and detail with both black and gray and color designs. I naturally gravitated towards alternative imagery which I got to express doing custom work. In my free time I continued to paint and draw the things that really inspired me. In 2000, disillusioned by working for a shop owner who didn’t handle his business well, I broke away and started The Mermaid’s Tale, working only by appointment and doing custom designs.
Gestation: the first 5 years of being a self-employed artist I worked very hard continuing to build my clientele. I attended most if not all of So.Cal’s tattoo conventions from 2003-2006. What a great way to get my name out there and meet many fantastic clients. However after some time, my schedule became a real burden. Booking solid six months in advance left little room for spontanaity. My passion for tattooing was dwindling to an all time low and this wonderful craft was feeling like a job I was obligated to perform. Not the energy I wanted to share with my clients!!
Recipe for success: A major shift occurred when my dad succumbed to cancer in Nov of 2005. Taking inventory and I saw clearly the teaching through my Dad’s example that working in excess creates imbalance. When ignored for years, this lack of joy in life contributes greatly to disease. I see many examples in my tattoo predecessors and peers who are limited in their work and freedom by not taking care of themselves. I reached a turning point, and with the time and space my father’s passing allowed, I began to restructure my own life and practice.
Rebirth/Evolution: Its taken a couple of years to learn to manage my schedule gracefully. I set my intention every day to be balanced. I work with one person per day, and I make my personal artwork, and time to enjoy my husband, Carl a priority.
2007 marks the launch of Sacred tattooing. Those people drawn to this frequency are truly amazing and positive people. Please click on “sacred tattooing” to learn more
Additional pursuits of the heart: My artistry is a synthesis of many things. Balance is my foundation for mental clarity and physical energy. I began my yoga practice in 96, which inspired me to pursue teacher training in Kundalini yoga (2001-2002) as well as massage school (1999-2000). From these complimentary paths I learned about and worked with the energetic connection of mind body and spirit as one whole system. Applying that knowledge to my tattoo work allows me to connect on a deeper level with my clients, and relate from a more open framework. The ritual and symbolic meaning of the tattoo link us to the lineage of the most ancient shaman tattooists. My shaman work is about focusing energy towards positive change in our planetary ascension process. In life and sacred ceremony, facilitating and holding space for others to transform is truly rewarding.
I am passionate about permaculture and sustainable earth building. I’m working towards my long term dream of building The Desert Freedom Healing center, a spiritual retreat destination in Apple Valley, Ca. desertfreedom.org
Home is my sanctuary, where I spend my free time tending the garden, alchemy in the kitchen and watching DVD’s with Carl and the cats. Traveling to places of natural grandeur and witnessing wildlife inspires and rejuvenates me completely.


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