Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather
Stephanie Smith grew up on the East Coast, but never felt like she fit in with the general mindset out there. When it came time for her to (reluctantly) go to college, she picked the University of San Francisco in large part because of where it is.
In Part 1, Stephanie talks about moving to San Francisco, getting a degree in fine arts at USF, and then both pursuing getting her body covered in tattoos and becoming a tattoo artist.
The tattoo industry, even in the Bay Area, is fairly male-dominated.
In Part 2, Stephanie talks about a life and a career with its share of misogynistic experiences. Through them, she says, her sense of feminism was formed. She prides herself today on the quality of her art and her group of clients in and around San Francisco.
We recorded this podcast at Manus Lux, where Stephanie works, in April 2019.