We had the good fortune of connecting with Joi Bailey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joi, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in the DFW. Born in Irving. Spend most of my child hood in Azle. Then moved to Denton my junior year of high school. I come from a large family of creative free thinkers. I have 2 older sisters and 2 younger brothers. I’m very close to my family. My mom is an artist at heart and she always encouraged her kids to express ourselves through art. Wether it was drawing, music or theatre. We would spend many of days doing arts and crafts together and I always loved that. Growing up I knew I had to be in a creative field if I wanted to live a happy and fulfilling life. I learned from a very young age that nothing in this life is free and if you want to succeed you have to work hard. I’ve had a job since I was 15. I always strived to have a good work ethic. All I wanted in life was to be a successful person and make the family proud.
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.
My art style is mostly black and gray with botanical elements. I also enjoy doing mandalas and geometrical designs. I got to where I am today with hard work, dedication and the passion I have for tattooing. I love tattooing so much. it makes me really excited when I see progress in my work. 10 years from now I hope to be like all of the artists I’ve been looking up to for so long. It definitely wasn’t easy getting to this point in my career. Especially being a woman you don’t have the same equal opportunities as men do in this field. I feel like it’s harder to be taken seriously and you’re just expected to do more, especially as an apprentice. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to not take things personally and to know your worth. You can overcome anything as long as you surround yourself with good hearted, like-minded people who want the best for you. I want the world to know that my name is Joi Bailey and I’m just really happy to be here. I hope you consider getting tattooed by me because I’ll make you feel like a beautiful person inside and out just like you deserve.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If a friend was coming into town I would take them on a DFW tour. First stop Fort Worth. There’s this really nice brunch spot called mashed I would want to take them to. Then we could hit up The art museum in downtown Fort Worth. Next day we would go to the Square in downtown Denton. We’d go get ice cream at Beth Marie’s then play frisbee on the Square lawn like college kids do in the movies. After frisbee we would have dinner at barley and bored. After dinner I take them to East side or harvest house for a really fun night. For an exciting time I would take them to zero gravity in Dallas to bungee jump. We would have dinner and drinks at ebb and flow. Then drinks to follow at Witz end. To get even crazier I could take them to WinStar in Oklahoma if they want to lose some money but still have a great time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I“I’d really like to give a shout out to my beautiful assistant Maria. Without her I don’t know what I would do. She’s A hard-working girl who gets stuff done. She is the girl everybody talks to through email before they come see me for their appointment. I get so many compliments from clients on how well she takes care of business. I wish I was half as organized and detail oriented as her. My life would be so crazy without her. I love her so much.