MEET PHOEBE

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Phoebe’s been stationed with the tattoo guru’s that make up the Seventh Day Studio family for a few years now.  Starting off as an intern but fast evolving her own artistic tattoo style and flair, along with her own loyal fan club following.

With Leonardo da Vinci’s quote “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” guiding the team behind Seventh Day it’s apparent that their design philosophy lies in “less is more”. Following this approach, Seventh Day have assembled a tight-knit team of talented artists with an emphasis on fine-line and black-work tattooing. This is your go-to for minimalistic, delicate, one-line, illustrative, geometric and ornamental pieces. 

Artists here are big on flowers, landscapes and animal designs rendered in predominantly black ink, with stippled and cross-hatched tonal modelling.   

Phoebe’s artwork is in hot demand, and she’s now starting to travel for cameo appearances in other studios all over the world. She’s a loyal vegan, quirky and funny, a great conversationalist with an amazing sense of style which has us crushing on her as our latest talented LABONICS muse.

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What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?

To be honest I’m a bit of a workaholic, I tend to tattoo most days and if not then I spend my time creating art in other forms.

What was the best vacation you ever took and why?

I recently took a trip to Japan that was pretty spontaneous which was amazing in every way, but more recently I took a short trip down to Rotorua with my partner and stayed in an off-grid Tiny Home – I’m really enjoying exploring my own backyard a lot more and have always been into sustainable and minimalist living – that was a really amazing getaway!

Was the last thing you read digitally or in print?

I love to read – I’m currently reading a book called The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, before that I read what is probably my favourite book at the moment; The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel.

Would you say you’re more of an extrovert or an introvert?

Its funny – I used to be incredibly Introverted, however through my career I’ve learned that talking to people is probably one of my favourite things to do – I’m so nosy I love hearing details about how other people live their lives, their belief systems and ways of thinking.

What was the last show you binge-watched?

I’m a huge fan of cartoons haha, I just recently finished watching Netflix’s BoJack horseman for the second time (don’t let the fact that it’s animated put you off if that isn’t your thing – this show gets real) but before that it was probably Black Mirror.

If you are into podcasts, do you have any immediate recommendations and why?

You’ve really opened the floodgates on this one; I love listening to podcasts, while I draw, while I get ready, while i’m driving – I really love the True Crime series, Sword and Scale is great if you’ve got a strong stomach and like crime stories. In an entirely different genre I love modern day philosophy and really enjoy Sam Harris’ “Making Sense”. For something a little more light hearted I love My Dad Wrote a Porno – sounds crazy but I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard or scared so many people at stop lights with my windows rolled down in my life.

How do you deal with work (or home) stress?

Stress management is something that I think I’m continually working on – I love doing the classic ‘self care’ and taking a bath or doing a face mask, but mostly a lot of what I do ties in to what I love – so I usually do just end up getting out a lot of my stress via other artforms. I also make sure to get in some mindfulness if i’m feeling particularly overwhelmed.

What is your definition of success?

Success is a word that’s often used in association with work related antics; personally, I think success is entirely relative and can come in many different forms depending on your environment and how you view the world around you. For me I strive for success in discovering ways in which I can better myself, my craft and how I can positively impact the people and the world around me.

If you could do anything, besides what you're doing now, what would you do?

As much as the thought of that scares me, I’d probably learn another craft – i’d love to be able to build things, or take up a career as a language teacher, as again, I love to be able to communicate with as many people as possible. I originally studied Psychology and wanted to pursue Neuroscientific research but I’m really bad at math and kept failing my mathematics papers. I think I’ll stick to art.

What makes (inspires) you to get up in the morning?

I find inspiration in weird ways, some days are more difficult than others, but the fact that I have the privilege and the opportunity to work on the things that I’m passionate about is a big driving factor for me, without trying to sound over-confident I think the fear of wasted potential gets me going!

What do you think can be the main hindrances to women succeeding in the workplace?

I work in an industry that, for a long time, was male dominated and male oriented and, unfortunately still has a lot of issues revolving men in positions of power over women’s bodies. I think that as women or AFAB people we’re on a path to where we’re being respected more as people and as artists – I think the fact that we’re able to be more vocal and present in different industries is pushing things more towards an equal playing field.

What things do you do to look after your mental or physical well being (or both)?

I love being in and around nature – I find living in the city can be pretty damaging long term to my mental health. I really enjoy Yoga, meditation and practise mindfulness in order to stay in tune with my body.

How do you find balance in work, family, rest, play?

I guess I’m fortunate in that I have quite a bit of overlap when it comes to those things, but my time management skills are pretty poor so I’m still working on that.

What advice would you give to either your younger or teen self?

It may seem cliche, but as a young queer person it would honestly to just live your truth – don’t try and minimise aspects of yourself to apease other people’s expectations of what you should be. You’ll be much happier if you live your life the way you want to.

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