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April 12, 2013

Skin Vandals Tattoo hosting celebrated ink artist

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“My mom always wore a lot of makeup so I think that’s where my fondness for it came from,” she said. “I would always mess around and try new things and I learned a lot while working for M.A.C. Cosmetics.”

It’s just another outlet, also on epidermis, for her natural artistic impulses. Nicoletto denied being photogenic or having any ambition for pursuing an acting career but if the right television opportunity came along she’d probably jump back in.

“I did a cameo in this little film a friend made called ‘House of Horrors’ and I was a victim,” she said. “That’s probably as close as I’ll get to making a movie.”

Going from New Jersey girl to California girl had its eye-openers for Nicoletto. Her forthrightness in speech sometimes took left coasters aback.

“I tell people like it is,” she said. “It’s not like I’m being mean, because I’m really nice to people, sometimes to a fault. Our way of joking around can be a little harsh though, too.”

Nicoletto noted that some of her east coast aggressiveness is gradually being mellowed by her time in California.

“Living there has been good for me,” she said.

That more laid back approach to life has undoubtedly enhanced her popularity at tattoo conventions. Part of the business is being able to relate to new clients, listen to their desires and spend time learning what they want.

“I try to cater to everyone as much as I can,” she said.

Tattoo conventions mean 14-hour work days, people constantly wanting autographs and photos and often no dinner until 2 a.m.

“I try to concentrate while I’m tattooing and not talk too much,” she said.

Nicoletto met Skin Vandals owner Sean Evers at an Oklahoma City convention.

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