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Conversations with Shea Cline

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shea Cline.

Hi Shea, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m a California native and came out to the desert 16 years ago. It was at that time I became more interested in creating art, the desert will do that to you. As a self-taught artist, I began to participate in art shows and made local t-shirts for mom and pop shops. While managing Pappy and Harriet’s, I had the opportunity to paint the backdrop on the iconic stage. I’ve seen a lot of bands come through that door and play. Musician such as Cyndi Lauper, Wanda Jackson, and Paul McCarthy have stood in front of the enormous drop cloth I picked up from Home Depot.

I’ve been attracted to tattoos my whole life. The idea of adorning your skin with your favorite things or memories has always resonated with me.

I picked up a tattoo machine seven years ago and tattooed my inner foot. I dabbled with that machine here and there but never made a consistent attempt to improve in this new art medium of the human skin. It was a hobby that sat on the back burner.

I have had a couple of inspirational tattoo mentors in my life. One who has passed and the other, a female artist who has been tattooing for more than 30 years. Although she lives in another state now, we still check-in. I am very fortunate my apprenticing days were nothing like the ugliness she had to endure. The tattoo industry is forever evolving. Thanks to the progressive outlook within the tattoo culture and technologies that allow artists so much freedom, I decided it was my time to jump into the industry and make my mark.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been a very challenging and rewarding journey. I’ve bounced from one shop to the next, realizing the first wasn’t quite the right fit and that is okay.

As a mother, my life is a constant battle for balance and time is everything.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I currently work at Love Always Tattoo in Yucca Valley, owned by Taylor Compton. I couldn’t be happier. It’s an inspiring all-female studio, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for us all. We want to give our clients the best tattoo experience and create lasting bonds.

I’m a mom, raising a kindergartener, and the owner/maker of EL ORO MADRE, an aromatherapy business that has been handcrafting goods for five years.

Any big plans?
My plan is to continue down the path of tattooing, there is always so much to learn. My hope is to be an inspiration to my five year old daughter. Believing in a vision, pursuing it, and making it happen.

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Magen Buse

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