Lacey is one of the few that doesn’t claim a particular style. Because of her training, she was forced to be good at just about everything. And, she likes it that way.
As much as artists like to think it’s about us, it’s not. It’s about the person getting the tattoo. I like to keep myself pretty well rounded so I don’t box myself into a corner with one style. That could get boring over time.
So when you visit her, bring more than Pinterest with you.
Look at paintings and pictures for inspiration. Give me more than one reference. Maybe even take your own photos of things that you like. Make it personal.
Some of the most memorable tattoos she’s done are memorial pieces. One in particular gets her choked up, even today.
There was a woman who lost her fiancé. She got his handprint tattooed on her. It was really emotional and while I was tattooing her, his favorite song came on the radio. Memorial tattoos stand out to me a lot. They’re the most meaningful you can get and it’s an honor to do that for someone. I have memorial tattoos on myself, not only for people but for my animals as well. And they’re my favorite.
Some of her other favorite memories are starting at Hart & Huntington and working on the TV show, Inked, where she got to tattoo a very special couple.
I was working at a different tattoo shop on the strip. I heard there was a shop opening at a casino and no one had done that at the time. When they were accepting portfolios, I thought, that sounds fun and crazy. Carey Hart and John Huntington looked at my work. They hired me and I was right, it was fun and crazy. The best experience was when we did the show Inked. I got to tattoo my mom and dad on TV. That was special. Especially since my dad passed away, the footage of that is even more precious for me.
Luckily for Lacey, she’s surrounded by people she really likes.