Sasha is a fellow blogger that we've been reading for some time now. Why we didn't think to interview her sooner, we'll never know! She has a wonderful online presence, a creative and interesting personality, and she'll probably provide the recipe for your dinner tonight. Get to know her a little better here!
I was looking for a creative outlet and decided to teach myself how to cook a little bit better. While on the search for new recipes, I noticed there weren't a lot of blogs that really spoke to me. I found myself scrolling endlessly for the meat and potatoes (all pun intended) of the post and getting nothing but paragraphs about this person's kids and day-to-day life with little to zero relevance about the actual subject. I wanted a blog that was short, sweet, and straight to the point while still being detailed and educational. After toying with the idea for a few days, Tattooed Martha was launched and here I am three years later, still learning and still loving it.
Tattooed Martha isn't just a food and craft blog, but a source of inspiration to follow your passion regardless of what that might be. I feel that it's so important to create each and every day whether it's food, art, or sometimes just a mess! I'm also very involved with my readers and find them a great source of feedback and inspiration for future content, so it's just as much their blog as it is mine.
I've had a passion for writing and editing from a very young age, so I suppose it only makes sense that I gravitated towards this career path. I also love having complete creative freedom over my content and giving a voice to a younger alternative generation.
I've received several features and interviews in tattoo magazines, developed a close partnership with Sailor Jerry Rum producing recipes and content for the brand, and I've been able to connect with some truly amazing people all across the globe.
In addition to my own blog I also do freelance writing for other blogs and online magazines, juggle a part time retail job and also work with a photo booth company which helps fund site maintenance, projects, and travel. When I force myself to take some time away from everything I typically head for the Oregon coast or out to the Columbia River Gorge for some hiking and a chance to recharge.
I was seventeen at the time and with my parents at a random walk-in shop. They were supposed to be getting tattoos, but couldn't commit to anything, so I jokingly mentioned that I should get a tattoo instead. My mom once said that if I ever got tattooed underage, she would "scrub it off my skin with a Brillo pad" so I never thought she would actually go for the idea, but it happened anyway! It was actually pretty awesome to have them with me for my first tattoo.. especially a spontaneous and illegal one at that!
Hahah oh boy.. by far the best moment was watching my husband get one of Russ Abbott's infamous "titty skulls" tattooed on him. The shop was closed and it was in the wee hours of the morning after a long night. I remember at one point Russ closed his eyes during the tattoo and just laid into him! Josh was screaming for mercy while the rest of us couldn't stop laughing.
My husband, Joshua "Bacon" Erickson of No Hope No Fear Tattoo.
My family wasn't too excited initially, but over the years they've seen the opportunities that have opened up to me for being tattooed and that I'm more comfortable with who I am.
It's about holding strong to who you are. We're often faced with a lot of opposition and negativity in life, so to rise above that and continue on your own path takes a lot of hard work and determination.