Let’s get to know this outstanding model and huge Black and Grey lover…
Let’s start with your name: is it your real name or is it a nickname? Do you by any chance have Irish blood in your veins?
Hmm, to remain a mystery or not. I guess I’ll reveal (laughs). Brooklyn for me started out as a stage name when I was an exotic dancer in San Francisco and just sort of stuck. She very much became a part of my core and now we are one.
I wish I had the luck of the Irish in my blood but I’m actually Portuguese and Mexican/Native American.
When did your huge passion for tattoo art and Black ‘n’ Grey tattoos take off?
I started my love of tattoo artistry about 12 years ago. I only had a few scattered pieces at the time. One was a poem on my upper back above my right shoulder blade. After getting it done I felt so free from the confines of what a mom should and shouldn’t look like or do. And I was able to share a piece of poetry that impacted my life deeply at that point.
How has your interest in this “artistry” evolved?
I ended up collecting a few more small pieces until about 2 or 3 years later when I met my son’s father and saw his collection and learned more about Black and Grey realism. At this point it has become my favourite style and form of expression for myself.
I love the depth the tattoos have as well as just the appeal of Black and Grey against the skin.
Can you tell our readers about the subjects on your right thigh? There is a Lady Luck and a dying king if I’m not mistaken…
Yes! There is a dying Viking king. The female figure holding him is a symbol of love being blind. She’s clutching onto a rapidly rotting corpse. The piece continues down the outer portion of my leg with a flying raven and a cloaked witch. The bottom half with the wolf howling at the moon brings in the air of a looming darkness as the king deteriorates.
How did this huge leg tattoo come about?
When collaborating with my artist Josh Duffy I gave him an idea and let him lead the way. Which is actually how I approach every piece. This one was a symbol of where I was in my relationship at that time. Tying in the heritage of my son with the Viking theme. I’m hoping to get to finish it soon. I’ll be having Carlos Torres working on the inner portion.
Let’s talk about your back pieces. Tell me everything about them!
I had waited a long time to figure out what and whom I would love to have tattoo my back. I am fortunate enough that I met Robert Pho. I had seen some of his Japanese Black and Grey and felt compelled to go in that direction.
I have been fascinated with the lives of both the geisha and the samurai in Japanese culture so I wanted to depict both.
To me there is such beauty in tragedy. I feel like that’s what my back piece conveys. It is still a work in progress. I have had two sittings on it. I’m planing to laser the coloured lotus on my lower back to complete the piece. It just wouldn’t have done the piece justice to make part of it a cover up.
Have you got any particular tattooist who is your trusted tattoo artisl?
Of all the questions this is by far the most difficult because I don’t have just one! I trust each and every single artist I have on my body. Each is very unique and highly skilled and talented beyond belief. That’s why I have sought them out and sometimes waited a couple years to see them.
As well as travel all over. I am very proud of my collection and blessed to be covered by some of the best in the industry.
I currently have art from Tony Mancia (“Stygian Gallery”), Robert Pho (“Skin Designs Tattoos”), Rember Orellana, Josh Duffy (“Black Castle Art Co.”) and Steve Soto (“Goodfellas Tattoo Studio”).