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The Tattoo Textbook:

  • Basic fundamentals of tattoo

  • Learn how to make art for a living

  • The most modern, critical information available

  • Essential knowledge to your beginning as a tattooer

  • Join the ranks of artists making great money in a career they love!

  • Safely develop key skills

  • Coveted tattoo secrets, all in one inspired book

  • Author is a celebrated artist and prominent instructor of tattooing

What I Do

Artist

First and foremost, I am an artist! Since singing my first solo at age 5, I was hooked.  I have always done something creative with my time whether it was drawing, painting, writing, sculpting, singing, piano, cooking, theatre or tattooing.  I've joked hundreds of time that I'm a renaissance girl born in the wrong time frame!
 
Creativity has paved my life with stones of promise, color and magic and I couldn't breathe if I couldn't do something artsy. I just keep creating because it is my life-force and I get to say "see what I made for you!!"  I encourage you to never put off your art.

Writer

Here's the deal. For me, writing is not an option. It has always been there, and it is always tapping me on the shoulder. It wants to be freed. It is always nagging at me like a cranky baby, it wants to be born. I can no longer neglect the intense desire because of excuses or doubts. So here I am, shedding excuses. I am a writer, and I shall write.

Fierce Pollyanna

People called me “Pollyanna” for years before I realized it was supposed to be an insult! We can’t all be cynics and "too-cool-for-school".  I happen to be fierce, nutty, funny, weird, optimistic and unbearably light most of the time. Sure, life pushes my cork down to the depths of the sea, where I struggle to breathe, but my sunny nature just keeps popping that cork back to the surface. I like to float!

What People Are Saying

“Shelly’s an inspiring and supportive woman to all the people that surround her. She is a student, and a teacher, and committed to personal growth . She is a voracious reader and retains all the information that she gleans to share it with others in hopes of healing the world. She’s a positive force, a real motivator and oh so motivated. She is one of the most inspired, talented and creative women I have ever met. Art, laughter and music is all around her and always flowing from her. I am blessed and honored to call her my friend.”

Susan Horner

Self-Employed

“I have known Shelly for six years As soon as I met her I was attracted to her self- confidence, openness and ability to speak her truth. Since then I have had the pleasure of doing some intimate personal work with her. What I admire about Shelly is that she is true to herself even when it’s emotionally painful and she trusts the universe will provide. She is a fierce Pollyanna who always sees the bright side and she is a master of manifestation. We share a lot of similar situations and she has been a great teacher for me. She is also an amazing artist and encourages and believes that everybody has the ability to succeed. She has done more personal work than anyone I have ever known and loves to share her wisdom with any who would like to hear it. I am excited to see where the future takes her.”

Denise Davis

Potter

“If you’re looking for a bright spot in this world, Shelly is it!

As I walked through the door of her tattoo studio 5 years ago, I knew she was a person I could never forget. I was automatically drawn to her warm spirit and zest for life. Shelly is a “no bullshit” kind of gal, and you never have to guess where you stand with her. Shelly will inspire you, encourage you, and help you grow. I admire Shelly’s passion for her vision and her drive. She marches to the beat of her own drum, sprinkling her Fierce Pollyanna magic wherever she goes. Working with her has truly been a once in a lifetime experience. If you are looking for a genuine person and a true inspiration, I strongly urge you to meet Shelly.”

Brittany Bersin

Creative Strategist, Brittanybee Designs

The Museletter

Don’t Be Crabs in a Bucket!

Don’t Be Crabs in a Bucket!

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Don’t Get BUTT-HURT, Get CLARITY!

Don’t Get BUTT-HURT, Get CLARITY!

This is a slight detour from my normal blogs, but I felt it might be helpful, and it’s been on my mind. My partner and I have been doing deep dive work on ourselves and for the relationship, with some great books, audios and workshops, over the last six months. It’s...

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Step Out of the Unworthiness Muck!

Step Out of the Unworthiness Muck!

Before we get to this week's blog: SHOUT OUT to the awesome folks who read my blog, participate in my group and buy my art and books. YOU ROCK! Here's my latest "See what I made for you"... a "peeps & poops" tote bag!  (just-cuz-fun) I'm fortunate to have created...

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The Tattoo Industry Needs a Makeover

The Tattoo Industry Needs a Makeover

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Uplevel your Ordinary; Use This Crisis to Flourish

Uplevel your Ordinary; Use This Crisis to Flourish

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What Do You Want to Heal?

What Do You Want to Heal?

Spring invokes thoughts of flowers, sunshine, rainbows, chicks and spring cleaning! But this spring, we are in a strange lockdown situation that has affected millions of people. I know there are worries, traumas, hardship and misinformation galore.  So during this...

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