A Country Girl with Moto Ink

She is so dedicated to her passion for riding, she tattooed carburetors on her chest. What's not to love?

She is so dedicated to her passion for riding, she tattooed carburetors on her chest. What’s not to love?

It takes a serious moto fan to tattoo Kevin Windham and Chad Reed on your body. In fact, Nanette Bailey did just that and her tattoos are based on photos she took while attending the races. “I love photography as much as I love riding,” says Nanette.

I found Nanette on Instagram doing my usual searches for anything moto and tattoo related. The first thing I noticed about her was that she was covered in ink – specifically moto-ink. It takes a serious enthusiast with a true dedication to the moto lifestyle to donate must of your skin to dirtbikes, helmets, chains and even carburetors that Nanette wears across her chest proudly.

Most of Nanette’s dirtbike tattoos were done by Jonny Crist at Mainstreet Studios in Ashland, OH. Jonny races dirtbikes himself and was the perfect artist to make Nanette’s dreams of MotoInk come to life. She also has other tattoos that were inked by Tina Sekanic in Cleveland and Jay Hess of Niagara Falls. The newest realistic tattoos of Kevin Windham and Chad Reed were done by Jonny.

Jonny tattooing Nanette, one dirtbike rider to another.

Jonny tattooing Nanette, one dirtbike rider to another.

Nanette has been riding all her life since she was five years old. She’s done some motocross racing, but mostly rides for the hell of it on her Honda CRF150R. And what better reason to ride is there? She likes to ride on the track and also on trails near where she lives in southern Ohio.

Tattoo Artist Stephanie Chillindrina is Rocker Chic

Stephanie's clothing line - Ninth Life clothing - has a crazy, “Tokyo-street vibe mixed with an American urban punk flavor.” The clothing line is street-inspired and heavily influenced by cartoons and music.

Stephanie’s clothing line – Ninth Life clothing – has a crazy, “Tokyo-street vibe mixed with an American urban punk flavor.” The clothing line is street-inspired and heavily influenced by cartoons and music.

JunichiAkiraShe’s the ultimate powerhouse rocker girl. Wild hair. Tattoos. Outlandish style and a thirst for adventure. That’s Stephanie “Chillindrina” Simon. Stephanie is a tattoo artist from Denver, Colorado, who spends her days tattooing at 80D Tattoo studio.

When she’s not tattooing, she is designing clothing and accessories for her personal line, Ninth Life Clothing. But when it comes to letting loose and having fun, Stephanie swings a leg over her Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and rides into the sunset, just like the rest of us whenever we can escape the 9 to 5. I was able to catch Stephanie for just a few minutes during her busy schedule so she could tell us more about her art, her clothing and how she responds to drunk girls asking for rides on the back.

MI: When did you start riding?
Chillindrina: I began riding in 2012. After a couple months of riding on the back of a Yamaha R6, it starting getting old. I demanded to learn to ride for myself. I bought a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, which I had for about a year and then moved on to a Kawasaki Ninja 650R. I just recently bought my Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R this year.

Stephanie is definitely a Kawasaki fan. The green fits her alternative flare perfectly. Careful of the baseball bat though.

Stephanie is definitely a Kawasaki fan. The green fits her alternative flare perfectly. Careful of the baseball bat though.

MI: That’s a lot of Kawasaki’s!
Chillindrina: I’ve always stuck with the Kawasaki Ninja because it was my first bike and it has always treated me well. I feel comfortable with Kawasaki, so I’m loyal to it!

MI: Where do you ride? Do you have any crews that you roll with?
Chillindrina: I am a bit of a nomad, so I ride with different crews. Most often, I ride with my friends in Devious and sometimes MHOz. I love Sunday night cruising on Federal Blvd. and mountain rides through the rockies. Denver is super close to some amazing mountain spots with fun, curvy runs.

MI: How long have you been tattooing?
Chillindrina: I have been tattooing for two years, and just recently graduated from apprentice to full-fledged artist. I work at 80D Tattoo in Denver, CO. I love all styles of tattooing, and I will do whatever the client requests, especially illustrative pieces with a touch of realism. My goal is to travel in and out of the country to guest spot in different shops.

quotescover-JPG-55MI: Do you do a lot of alt-modeling?
Chillindrina: I wouldn’t refer to myself as an alt-model per say, but I do photoshoots here and there for my clothing company I founded in 2007 called Ninth Life Clothing. I design and sew all the pieces and then find photographers who are inspired enough by the pieces to do fun shoots.

MI: What is it like to be a tattooed female rider in Denver?
Chillindrina: As a female rider, generally people stare, sometimes in a positive way and sometimes not. I’ve found more often than not people will give back-handed compliments in a snide tone rather than ask me about my ink or why I ride. There’s always going to be a fair share of people who judge and are “haters,” but that’s not something I worry about. I’d rather concern myself with the thoughts of people who matter to me.

MI: So if a stranger walked up to you and asked for a ride on the back, would you do it?
Chillindrina: I’ll have both guys and girls asking for rides on the back. Sometimes it’s easier for me to pick up girls than it is for my guy friends! I don’t like to take passengers though. Especially ones I don’t know. Cruising at the end of a night often attracts drunk guys AND girls leaving the clubs who will insist on getting a ride on the back but that just equals trouble — no thank you!

Here are some examples of Chillindrina’s art. The sketch of the girl in the helmet is my personal favorite.

Curtis Northcutt’s Dirtbike Sleeve Tattoo

Curtis's dirtbike-inspried sleeve by Mike McMahon.

Curtis’s dirtbike-inspried sleeve by Mike McMahon.

Curtis Northcutt is a former AMA motocross racer who grew up racing dirt bikes. Riding has been his whole life for as long as he can remember. “That’s pretty much all I know,” he says. He loves motorcycles so much, he went to All or Nothing tattoo in Atlanta, Georgia, and had artist Mike McMahon create a dirtbike-inspired tattoo sleeve that would take Curtis back “to the good ole’ days.” If you look closely, you can see all kinds of dirtbike parts in the tattoo. The lining is near perfect and the color really pops.

Curtis back in his racing days. Photo by Bhenson Photos.

Curtis back in his racing days. Photo by Bhenson Photos.