”I step outside of others' expectations. I've been like that for a long time and I know it's been a challenge for my family to witness. I never necessarily surpassed expectations but I also haven't failed to fulfill any. I think I just learned early on to put them aside and look for answers to my questions.”
Faye is a 29-year-old Vancouver-based tattoo artist. She is best known for exploring her roots through sacred geometry and being inspired by ornamental art, Arabian/Islamic geometry, Indian henna/mehndi, and textile motifs. Rainbows are commonplace in the studio where she works, which is symbolic of how much it is a happy place for her. Besides the studio her favourite place is to be surrounded by children and animals. She told me, “they don't judge or have the same kinds of assumptions as we do, so I feel safe in being my truest self with them.” Faye told me she would feel incomplete without animals. Her favourite hobby is walking in the forest with her dog and she has backyard chickens named Booklah, Sophie, Elsa, Dandelion, and Susan. “They are all beautiful and full of personality. In exchange for food, shelter, and water, they gift us with fresh eggs everyday.” When I asked Faye what’s most important to her she simply responded, “The pursuit of justice.”
What makes you laugh so much it hurts?
"Spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen with my partner."
What is the best quality in someone else?
"Humility...I am always blown away by people who can admit how little we, as humans, understand about each other and the universe around us."
How do you want to be perceived?
"As a hard-headed petite woman who is capable of taking care of herself and her loved ones."