By Cynthia Partin ~
When I sit in my tent at one of the many arts and music festivals in East Texas — adorned in my hippy skirt and tattooing a teenager’s hand with natural henna — I am often asked this question: “So, how do you like doing this for a living?”
I respond that I’m actually a paralegal first, and also own a tattoo shop.
I usually get something like, “Seriously?”
Their hopes of living vicariously through a traveling henna gypsy’s lifestyle are dashed. They contemplate this, and then say, “That’s cool.”
I think it’s cool, too.
As a legal assistant and paralegal for 36 years for some of the top law firms in Texas, it’s hard to believe I found my passion doing henna tattoos while owning and managing a “real” tattoo shop, Resurrection Ink, in Tyler, Texas.
Who would’ve guessed? I’m a tall, red-headed, professional-looking woman… well until you look at my hands and see the beautiful brown-red stain only natural henna paste can give.
No, I am not covered in “real” tattoos, but I do have the pride of owning a shop that provides a place for military veterans to work and is as clean as a doctor’s office.
We are a little dorky for a tattoo shop: my guys are clean-cut, meticulous, and also some of the best tattoo artists around.
So, mom and stepmom of eight? Check. Awesome commercial litigation paralegal? Check. Certified natural henna artist? Check. Tattoo shop owner and manager? Check. And…
Well, I can’t wait to see what comes before the next “check”!