Desert Mama- Who is Stevie and where can we find her? Tell us about yourself:

Stevie Randallyn- Tattooer, Mama to two girls, adventure seeker, stroke survivor!

I own a shop in Kingman, AZ called Black Water Tattoo and I can also be found regularly guest spotting in Las Vegas at Bad Apple Tattoo. 

D- How and when did the love for tattooing come about?

S- I actually hand poke tattooed myself at 13. I didn’t know how serious my love would become.

It was the music scene that really opened my eyes to the tattooed world which was in highschool. I lived in AZ and you can get tattooed underage with parental consent, I got tattooed at 15 and 17 and I knew after seeing them draw for a living, all the paintings and art that was what I wanted to do and I dedicated my time to graduating early at 17 so I could jump straight into the tattoo world.

D- Why did you specialize in traditional and neotraditional tattoos?

S-Honestly It was the style I liked and was pulled towards.

I can’t appreciate all styles but I think traditional and neo traditional stands the test of time and looks good forever. I knew that was the style I’d gravitate towards when I started.

D-What inspires you, and what other artist currently working do you admire?

S- Def just my love for artwork and creating things. It has always been everything to be since I was a kid!

I feel privileged to have found a career where I was able to draw every day of my life.

Man I feel like I could write an endless list of artists I admire but just some that are on the top of my list right now (I’ll put IG handles cause I don’t know everyone’s full names) @unclea @alixge @stupagdintattooer @pauldobleman @rockofagesdrake @dresdenmade @baileyhrobinson @steffanross, etc.

D- Show us what you think is your best tattoo by now and tell us why you love it:

S- Man this is hard.

I was a right handed tattooer for a really long time but I had a stroke two years ago and then was told I’d never tattoo again.

I wasn’t having that so I learned to tattoo left handed and now I’m a lefty for a year as of august! So I’m going to put a right hand tattoo and left hand tattoo because I’m def in different places with each.

This was right handed

This was left handed.

Mind you I had 11 years with one hand and 1 year with the other so I’ve def got a long ways to go, and honestly picking is entirely to hard so these are just my favorites.

D- The part you love the most of what you do, and the worst part:

S- I love making art and being able to draw everyday and the industry itself!

The worst is people who don’t understand tattoo etiquette. The bad clients, whiners, no calls no shows…

D- We know you have a beautiful family, is it easy to move to other cities to work? Do you find easy to combine family life with your job?

S- I’ve always been 1000 mph, and have always traveled lots so it wasn’t hard for me.

I plan guest spots in advance and only usually go for a weekend and I plan it around my kids schedule. Most of the cities I frequent tho we’ve lived in or have family as well and I do travel with my kids often as well. 


D- Where and how would you like to see yourself 10 years from now?

S- Man, we’ll these days… I hope to be at the same place I was with my right hand but with my left hand as a tattooer. I want to be as recovered as can be and tattooing how I was before.

D- Which is your best memory of when you were a child: 

S- Probably my 7th birthday getting my Golden Retriever, Oliver. I didn’t have much of a childhood!

D- Your best quality and your worst defect: 

S- Best I would say is that when I put my mind to something I do not take no for an answer, I accomplish what I set out for.

Worst is definitely my stubborn independent attitude. I’m so used to my whole life figuring things out on my own I don’t know how to ask for help or let people in.

D- How is a perfect day in your life:

S- I’m happy tattooing and traveling, I def don’t like to sit still, so anyway life allows me to do that! 

D- A success and a failure:

S- Success would definitely be my career, figuring it out, not giving up, and getting to make art for a living. 

Failure… Honestly I don’t do failure. I had to think long and hard and about it and if I’ve really failed at anything I’ve tried. But honestly I don’t think I have.

I fear for sure 100% but if you try and you want it bad enough, it works out. I mean I had a stroke and was told tattooing was over for me, but I refused!


– A phrase: “Keep your head high and your middle finger higher.”

– A film: «Dazed and confused» is an all time fave for me.

– A song: My best Girl-Lucero

– A drink: Iced Chai Tea

– A book: I do not have the free time for books unfortunately, also struggle reading and concentrating since the stroke.

– A city:  One thing I’ve always said is I can commit to a tattoo but you can’t commit me to a location…

I’ve never found a place I was head over heels to stick with. The desert is definitely home though, but still can’t pick a city.


  • Ten years in a coma / Ten years in jail
  • City life / Country life
  • Talking to animals / Talking to the dead
  • Having more time / Having more money
  • A good book /A good movie
  • Only being able to whisper / Only being able to scream
  • Lifetime free wifi /Lifetime free coffee
  • Only eating salty food/ Only eating sweet food
  • Waking up in a desert / In a boat in the middle of the Ocean
  • Something organized / Something improvised
  • Visiting the past / Visiting the future
  • Being unable to see / Being unable to hear
  • Reality / Fiction
  • Never leaving your city / Not being able to return
  • Continuing with your life / Restarting your life 
  • Knowing what you will die of / Knowing what day you will
  • Music concert / Theater play