Hollie Sweets appeared as a Skin&Ink Doll in our Feb 2011 issue.
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Occupation: Inventory manager for Myxed Up Creations
Photography by Sean Hartgrove
My artists are Chris Stucker, Dirk, Matt Victor and Bob Ashbaugh.
The tattoo on my calf is a representation of my Catholic upbringing and my own personal interpretation of the influences it has had on me. The inner calf says “Deliver Me From Evil” over filigree, and the outer calf shows a dagger stabbing through an anatomical heart, which to me demonstrates my strength fighting all evil that comes into my life.
The piece on my left shoulder was originally to be a story of mine and my fiancé’s life together. Now the tattoo is a memorial for the memories of the life I had with him and for his brother, who was killed in a tragic car accident near the end of our relationship. I use it as a daily reminder that nothing lasts forever–you must savor every day and live your live to the fullest with no regrets.
My body is my canvas and I only have artwork done that means something real to me. I use ink as an outlet for self-expression. As a person with quite a bit of artwork, I always have to deal with the narrow-minded people who assume that I am something that I am not. I decided long ago that if they are so quick to judge me, then they aren’t deserving enough to be in my life–their loss, not mine.