What better way to commemorate Babes Ride Out East Coast 3 weekend than to get a permanent souvenir! Our team has searched the EC realm to find ladies who can create one of a kind flash for this year's event which will post closer to the event for your viewing pleasure! Until then, meet our first artist of five, Kat Noir hailing from New York.
- Name: Kat Noir
- Instagram: @katnoirink
- Location: Queens & Brooklyn NY
What do you do & how long have you done it?
I'm a tattoo artist and I started tattooing last year.
What do you love most about what you do?
I have been making art for as long as i can remember, studied art and art history and I've always wanted to find a means to express and mutually share artistic approach with others in a collaborative environment. The modern workplace doesn't often offer this approach to creating, but the tattoo shop is definitely nurturing to this exchange of idea type of method. I also find career gives me access to a very freeing medium, with the body as canvas and an intimate exchange between client and artist. It's the most fulfilling medium I've ever had the opportunity to create with in that it challenges and exhilarates me, most naturally refines my style, and gives me the satisfaction of a complete experience from the sketches to finishing the tattoo.
Where do you come from and how did tattooing come into your life?
I'm from Long Island, NY and I've been a NYC resident for nearly a decade. I'm definitely a New Yorker at heart in that life and survival in NYC took me on many different twists and turns before finally settling into my perfect career of choice. I tried many jobs before this, all creative in some way but not really enough to inspire me. I always felt stifled after a short time being unable to REALLY think outside the box but needed to pay the bills. I kept recalling one of my first jobs as a piercer in a tattoo shop on Long Island over 15 years prior and how that environment was the one I was always inspired in. Whether it be the clients my boss had taken in, the daily challenges of creating I saw my colleagues face, or the freedom to create I always felt it to be the work that resonated with me the most. I thought about a career change for a long time into this field as I continued to make art until I finally made a jump last year. I quit my steady job I had for three years and started working on the next step in the transition to happiness based work versus necessity in monetary gain. The first shop I went to hired me as a manager and 6 months later I took on an apprenticeship role.
Tell us about motorcycles in your life:
When I was 14 my stepdad got me a dirt bike and two weeks later it got stolen from my grandfather’s cabin in Northville upstate before I got to spend the summer riding. I feel like I should have been riding since then but maybe would not have been so safe in my wild years. My plans for the near future are to take a course at Ride MSS in Brooklyn and be riding out to Babes Ride Out next year on a bike. Having a motorcycle would represent freedom on the open road for me, and especially female freedom and independence. I particularly have my eye on Indians and Triumphs.
How did you hear about Babes Ride Out?
I first heard about this event in reference the West Coast BRO. I'm heavily into the Desert and the desert states and believe I saw an ad for it on one of the photo blogs I follow. I was later reminded about the event through a friend of a friend who is a Lita in NYC. She mentioned the east coast version and that last year there had been tattoo artists there. It was the first time I had heard of the east coast event and immediately did some research.
What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out?
I love that this organization is all female run, driven, and supported. The event is a dream between the motorcycles, camping and all the independent female run businesses. It's very important to me to contribute to women who are uplifting other women, meeting and strengthening each other is something we should always take time out for. I can't wait to be a part of this year’s event.