She’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.
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.
MI: 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.