Name: Ash (@_ashlynnphoto, @wadulisiwoman)
Occupation: Tattoo Artist, Tarot Reader, Photographer, Witch.
What's your sign?: Born on the 1st day of Taurus, with Scorpio Rising
Where were you born: SW Florida, but grew up in many places including Texas, Mississippi and New Orleans with my grandmother.
How has this affected your aesthetic? And you as a person:
Growing up in the swamp definitely cast a spell of mysticism on my soul, especially NOLA, where my grandmother and I picked gardenia's on the side of the road, studied bees, drew tarot, played with crystals and herbs, sang along to Prince while driving through the bayou, and ate beignets for breakfast and dinner because life is short and who cares--all strong elements of my aesthetic today. The intense warmth of the sun, lush greenery, and exuberant wildlife definitely fueled my love for nature, which inspires me the most. I always lived within walking distance of a river, where I spent so much youth drawing, writing, and dreaming up ideas. I traveled mostly back and forth between the the natural fluidity of the Caloosahatchee and the rockiness of the Mississippi-- which always felt like a metaphor of my life... Constantly learning to create calm and stillness from the ever-changing circumstances of growing up on the move. This sort of lifestyle, though, taught me to be strong, independent, and adapt quickly to whatever life throws, which in turn inspired my passion to create the life I wanted.
Favorite things you own: My cat, a large heart shaped rose quartz my grandmother carved, my beloved and most used Tarot decks, my grandmother's 35mm Canon.
Favorite thing about yourself: My resilience
What was the last picture you took?: A Soul Tattoo I did on a fellow Taurus: crystal and plant magic, a symbol of strength, growth, and grounding.
How do you deal with the blues?: Honestly, my taurean nature gently tucks away the blues until I have proper time for some self-care x100, then it's yoga, writing, meditation, sesame/frankincense/magnesium oiling, crystal healing, deep soul tarot reading, singing in the shower, burning and drinking all the herbs, quiet time alone in nature/the sun, nights under the moon with my best girlfriends.
What did you eat for lunch today?: Bone broth, tulsi rose tea with Lion's mane, chaga, cordyceps, and reishi mushroom extract, 1 avocado, 3 clementines. Gearing up my immune system for winter!
What is joy for you?: Joy is light beaming from ear to ear, creating under the warm sun, listening to Stevie Nicks and Otis Redding, spending time with my closest friends, loving fulling, bathing/healing in warm bodies of water, adventuring, connecting with spirit, expressing gratitude, calmly fighting for what I believe in.
Advice for artists who are just beginning?: Stay positive and don't give up, allow yourself time to experience and grow as an artist. I've changed directions a million times, and as a multi-passionate creative, have always had a hard time deciding what to focus most of my attention on and how to balance a full creative life with enough time to nurture myself and my relationships. But, guess what...you can do it all, if you want. Have passion, stay dedicated, believe in yourself (!!!) and find a strong support system to pick you back up if you fail or lose touch with yourself in the process. dream dream dream, manifest.