Mimzi Po’Alima Makana (Muñoz) Awtry
I was born into a family of creatives . . .
I started drawing on everything, including myself, as soon as I could hold a pen. I was fascinated by tattoos as far back as I can remember. I even got in trouble at school for showing up with a full “sleeve” that I had sharpied onto my entire left arm.
When I wasn’t drawing, or going on another outdoor adventure with my siblings, I was encouraged by my family to pursue any creative outlet I liked. Things that sparked my interest most were music, singing, painting with spray paint, oils, and watercolors, pen and pencil sketching, photography, sewing and more.
Fast forward to the day I turned 18, my birthday present was my first tattoo, which my mom took me to get. Days later, I bought my first tattoo machine and began to practice on myself, my brothers, and my friends.
After highschool I went to beauty school to have a back up plan and also started working a retail job, where I met my future husband.
Will and I got married in 2011 and in 2014, we moved to Bend, Oregon.
In Oregon, I started my first traditional tattoo apprenticeship. My mentors taught me the history and foundation of tattooing. I got to scrub tubes, clean and set up each station, I learned how to make needles, how to tune and rebuild my machines, how to design a tattoo, and started making my first apprentice tattoos.
During this time I first discovered that its not only talent, but hard work and perseverance needed in order to become a successful tattoo artist.
We moved back to California in 2018 and I officially became a licensed tattoo artist. In Sacramento I met an amazing American Traditional tattooer and shop owner who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to jumpstart my career as a tattooer.
In the year 2020, I went on to open my own private studio in Roseville, CA just before having mine and Wills son, Owen.
After some time off to adjust to life as a new mom, I was hired on at The Skull Museum. In May of 2023 it has been two years of working with some of the best artists you can find. I am forever grateful for my experiences, both good and bad, that have led me to this point in my career where I have been more motivated than ever to push myself.