A full time tattooist and fine artist, living and working in New York City.  Where she specializes in illustrative tattoo design and cover-up tattoos.  Jolie began tattooing about seven years ago working through out New York City. 
From the artist:
"Since I can remember I’ve been attracted to tattoos, but the love affair began once I was introduced to tattooing and realized that I could put art on a living “canvas”.  I blend my style of art with tattooing which leads to a more illustrative style. Tattooing constantly challenges me artistically and I am continually learning the craft. I try to bring each clients idea to form no matter how big or small, simple or complex.  
It’s a blessing to be able to combine my art with tattooing and humbling knowing that people trust you to mark them with what you’ve created for life."

Her artwork explores the relationship between postmodern discourse and life as performance. With influences as diverse as Kafka and Frida Kahlo, new variations are generated from both simple and complex discourse. Ever since being a postgraduate having  been fascinated by the traditional understanding of the universe. What starts out as vision soon becomes corroded into a cacophony of temptation, leaving only a sense of undefined and the dawn of a new reality. As momentary phenomena become undefined through frantic and academic practice, the viewer is left with a glimpse of the limits of our era. Using her work as an attempt to use a cubist-inspired breakdown of forms to anchor colours. This also provides the means to explore spontaneity and chance. Not seeking  to present overly-complex theories or ideas. Believing  that colour and form are enough to carry a painting. Also drawing inspiration from artists like Vlamink, Kandinsky, Gorky, Richter, Reopelle, and Jack Bush.


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