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.

F*** off paint job worth seeing!

Ok, so she's playing hard to get. But look at those tattoos!

Ok, so she’s playing hard to get. But look at those tattoos!

I know the title is a little confusing, but when I saw this paint job, I was both impressed and offended at the same time. And come on, that’s too hard to ignore! I’m not sure who the painter is, but look at the details in the air brushing, from the wisps of color on down to the placement of the tattoos on her arm. This is one bike that is worth a second glance, even it is giving you the finger.

 

Spike’s Ride: A New Take on Moto Videos


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You may remember the photo I posted of the boys working in the garage. After our friend AJ wrecked his 2010 Kawasaki ZX-6R on the 60 freeway near Riverside, CA, his bike was collecting cob webs for nearly a year before funds were finally available to repair it. He brought it over to our pad and we worked on it for about another three months, doing a little bit at a time until it was street ready once again. Our friend AJ, a.k.a. Spike was chomping at the bit to see it put back together and you should have seen the smile on his face once the bike was running. The frame and front wheel had to be taken to Doctor John in Anaheim, CA, to be straightened and re-aligned. The wiring harness and entire front end also had to be replaced along with other miscellaneous parts. Finally, with the bike in one piece, our friend Tavares Ashanti, a videographer, producer, music manager and photographer, put this little video together of Spike’s first ride back on the bike. If you knew everything that Spike has been through since then, you’d realize how much of a mile stone this was for him.

This is unlike other moto videos you’ve seen before, taking an alternative and creative approach to amplifying normal Go Pro footage. But this short vid is not normal, by any means. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Cervena Fox on a ZX-6R

Červená Fox aboard a Monster Energy Kawasaki ZX-6R. No she doesn’t ride, but she has really cool tattoos, two full sleeves – one with the pirate theme and one with a Japanese theme. She’s from London and if she was to learn to ride, she’d prefer to ride a Harley. Go figure.