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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jessica Cacho

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Cacho.

Hi Jessica, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I have been a tattoo artist for nearly 13 years. I began tattooing as a side job to my ex-husbands traveling due to being in the military. I have been drawing since I was very young, though. Since I began this journey, I have experienced a lot. The hardest trials I’ve experienced were medically. I had been tattooing for about 3-4 years when I had bad dental surgery that ended in a coma. I had to essentially teach myself how to tattoo all over again. The style that I specialize in now started from slight trauma. I would lose my memory mid tattoo and forget everything about what I was doing. My unique abstract style stemmed from trying to fix mistakes while teaching myself how to tattoo again. Years later, my style is sought after… but no one really knows the origins until now.

About 2.5 years ago, I was also diagnosed with cancer. I feel like going through all of my medical hardships with my clients helped me grow as a person and as an artist. Over the last year, thanks to friends, I have begun opening up more about my past. Through regaining my footing in this industry, I have also raised three beautiful children. They are my literal life. I can get through everything I have because they are so supportive. My greatest adventure has been being their mother. With their love and patience, we have begun the journey of opening a private studio. Cicada Tattoo Studio is not just mine, but all of ours. My hope and dream is to show them they can do and be anything. Every brick thrown your way is a stepping stone for your future. I hope my little family can inspire anyone to do great things. You just need patience, hard work, and to keep moving forward… no matter what.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been smooth AT ALL. Fortunately, I think every obstacle led to where I am. Do I regret any of it? No, my struggle relearning my artwork, has made me very patient and humble. I still struggle daily with certain things, but I continually learn to be patient and to have hope that it will always turn out amazing. Going through uteran cancer has made me so empathetic to my female clientele. I’ve become so close to so many other mothers and cancer survivors. Being a single mother in this industry has been very hard but so rewarding. I want my kids to see how hard owning a business is, but also how amazing it is. They see daily everything I go through, and it makes all of us so appreciate of the time we get with one another.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a professional tattoo artist who specializes in abstract, watercolor, and neo-sketch art. I’m mostly known for my fandom work. Including disney, comic book characters, and also my floral work. I’m not sure what I’m most proud of. I would guess my resilience. I had every opportunity to give up in this industry, but I kept dreaming and moving forward. I think my drive definitely sets me apart. I don’t know many people who work as hard as I do. I work from sunrise to sunset… and I’m always trying to outshine the person I was yesterday.

I included two photos of my clients with healed tattoos I’ve done, their names are Monique and Emily. They gave me consent to use photos. I typically ask clients to send healed theme park photos. You can find many more on my Instagram @jmc_tattoos I also included a photo of my family. I feel it’s important to highlight parents in this industry, and normalizing family time as an artist. I’m a proud mother, and more parents need to showcase their home life.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
When I open up about my medical history, a lot of people are shocked. Especially when they see the photos. It’s pretty remarkable and amazing that I’m still here. There’s a reason I haven’t left earth yet, and I feel my greatest accomplishments are yet to come.

Pricing:

  • $180-200 an hour depending on piece
  • $800 half day rate

Contact Info:

  • Email: jmc_tattoos@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: @jmc_tattoos @cicadatattoostudio

Image Credits:
Jessica Cacho

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4 Comments

  1. Jeseka Helble

    November 18, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Hey Jessica,
    I’m looking into getting a sleeping beauty tattoo for my best friend, who is potentially dying of liver failure. I live with Miriam Pons and she said you would be the perfect person to reach out too. Let me know

  2. Molly

    April 30, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Hello,
    I wanted to get Winnie the Pooh hugging Eyore in a Tigger hoodie on my leg in homage to a great friend i lost suddenly.

  3. Annette

    June 23, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Would like an appointment as soon as possible for myself and my daughter we want matching small tattoos writing three words

  4. Annette

    June 23, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    My sincerest apologies I didn’t mean to sound rude. I just wanted to make sure I had the correct email. You came highly recommended and I was excited to work with you. I tried to message you but I guess I was blocked. I think you’re an amazing Artist. Again I’m very sorry for writing on your post

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