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Humans and trees share many commonalities, like how the rings of a tree mirror a human fingerprint, or how a knot forming over a wound on a tree resembles how scars form when healing the skin. Trees are remarkably resilient and they have the power to embrace and overcome those scars, forever growing, thriving, and always reaching towards the sunlight. I believe that same resiliency is rooted deep within the human soul. Willow & Birch is inspired by the peace and mindfulness trees bring to our attention and the similarities we share in our existence.

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There are more than 400 species of willow trees, which get their whimsical name from the way rain looks like tears when falling from its cascading branches. The willow symbolizes wisdom, dreams, focusing on personal reflection, and learning from the past. These captivating trees remind us about the importance of letting go and help us to understand that within every loss there is possibility for something new. They allow us to remember that grieving is a powerful aspect of humanity and a crucial step in the healing process. When we are able to recognize this and honor what we’ve been through in the past, we are truly able to accept peace in our hearts and move forward.

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There are around 60 different species of birch trees, which are known to help revive biodiversity in a disrupted habitat, which is why they are strongly associated with rebirth. These trees encompass beauty, embody hope, and bring courage and determination into personal growth as we look towards the future. Birch trees help us to remember that when seeking a fresh start, there is so much opportunity when we recognize that we can thrive from any situation. These vibrant trees are uplifting, guiding our eyes upward to the bright and open sky, reminding us that endless possibilities are at our fingertips.

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Most of us struggle with some sort of insecurity, myself included. What may be small or even unnoticeable to others may be extremely difficult for us to cope with. When I first learned about paramedical tattooing, I was immediately drawn to the power beyond its artistry. Its ability to change people both physically and emotionally was something that I connected with on a very personal level. Through my tattooing services, I hope to aid in the journey towards turning insecurity into confidence.

Seeing how artistic transformations could be so profound was always inspiring to me. I originally began my career as a licensed cosmetologist, as well as a professional makeup artist. I started my journey working in a high end NYC salon, and moved on to doing makeup for film and television in Louisiana and Chicago. After 11 years, I built a strong background in color theory and aesthetics, and learned the deep importance of enhancing each individual’s unique beauty.

In a world with so much emphasis on physical appearance, it can be difficult finding the balance of inner and outer beauty. Growing up in the Santa Cruz mountains of California, I experienced firsthand how therapeutic surrounding yourself in nature can be. I believe wholeheartedly that incorporating parts of nature in your everyday life, even just little things, can bring a sense of tranquility to your mindset.

It fills my heart that I am now able to focus my passion for helping others and intertwine it with my affinity for nature and its ability to heal. This is where Willow & Birch was born. I hope to inspire some self-love and remind people that true happiness lies within themselves, regardless of the scars life brings along the way.

I would love to hear your story.




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