We had the good fortune of connecting with Crashlee Ashlee Cave and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crashlee, you love what you do. It’s clear to anyone who knows you. Why and what about your work do you love so much?
I just love being able to put art on people through Tattooing. There is so much to love about it but most of all I love seeing a client see the tattoo once finished and how they see all their ideas have come to life. At the end of a tattoo a client is usually tired from sitting in some pain or have sat for hours to see this finished piece, which can sometimes be released in an emotional way. Weather it was a memorial tattoo or a fun character tattoo, at the end, every one is excited to finally stand and go see their personal piece. I get to daily dream and create designs for people who may not be able to envision how they want their story portrayed on their body. Being able to have the tools and skill set to put something of meaning on someone forever is such an honor and I cherish each one.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I haven’t stuck to a particular art style in my tattooing however, I personally classify myself as just a color artist or custom artist. I love and feed on creativity, so I bring as much of it to my tattooing as I can while keeping true to what the client is looking for. Being a mom first and tattooer second has made it to where I may subconsciously bring some of my motherly love to a tattoo or my client. Some times a tattoo opens someone up to receive needed attention or just to be heard while going through a personal process like a tattoo that could be to represent a lost loved one. As a female in an male dominated industry there have been a few areas to overcome, however its nothing different than any other job where a woman has to really stand out for her work to be taken seriously. I have also been lucky enough to find some strong, unintimidated male artists to surround me and see the art before the person. This however has had me learn to keep what sets me apart, like to love and give each tattoo and client the time and attention they need to be able to give the best quality tattoo I can.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First of all I love Texas and my city Fort Worth! When my military friends come down and stay we cant wait to show them the friendly and beautiful spots. I love to make the time to enjoy a walk through the Water Gardens and beautiful Botanical Gardens along with any time by the pool and looking to a BIG Texas sky. I am not much of a club person but I know West 7th may be an area I take my friends for birthday celebrating. As a foodie I always brag about The Bearded Lady and how they have just the best food and relaxed outdoor area. Near Southside is a gem that not many realize and I love the walks to each bar and eateries down Main St. For fun and stress release I push for Bad Axe Throwing and Free Play are amazing for people who love games and friendly competition.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Prior to tattooing I always had jobs that were to help others or give resource advice to. As a tattooer I wanted to still implement the same values and look for ways to give back. One organization I am so incredibly honored to have worked with is Valiant Hearts, an amazing organization with a great foundation. Tattooing is a hands on craft and I never would have learned this skill set if it weren’t for my mentor Chance Webb, who showed me how to transfer the painting knowledge I already had and turn it into a fuel to fire my new learned skill of tattooing. For artist how we learn is by trial and have others edify or critique your work, so I like to thank my coworkers and artist friends who have poured wisdom into my career path and helped sharpen my skill.
some photo credit to Teal Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org