Tanina Jackson of Babe & Butter Answers the YabYum Seven.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I am the Artist and master-mind behind Babe&Butter (but I am also the Janitor).

2. How did you get your start?

My first art business: My family lived on a golf course and I would collect the golf balls that fell into our yard, decorate them with art, and go down to the cart-crossing and sell them back to the golfers. I was about 7.

3. What inspires you?

I am obsessed with glamour. I find the idea of creating an impression which is better than the reality incredibly optimistic. I am also interested in materialism and I would even say I create meta-materialistic art. I find it very ironic but obvious that I am drawn to creating this kind of art in this time period. Besides that I am interested in everything.

4. What do you like about Arizona?

I love Arizona. I think its kind of still the Wild West attitude. Generally, I think people are happy here – people come here to retire so it must be a good place.

5. Where can we see you(r) work?

I am kind of DIY – right now I have a bunch of art in Salon D’shayn Phoenix (544 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix) and a number of pieces in Lulubell Toy Bodega (128 W. Main Street, Mesa). These are temporary, but another great place to see my art is Barbershop 110 | Salon 110 (1949 E University #110, Tempe) who has collected my art from the very beginning of my career.

6. What would you like to accomplish before you die?

This week I want to go into activism, next week I want to own a sports team (which last week I thought was the most oppressive industry – grown men with “owners”)… A year from now I want a Lamborghini and the week after I will have a disdain for everything a Lamborghini represents and take it out in the desert and burn it to pieces.

I guess what this means is I am ingesting culture and then growing in consciousness, and disdaining culture. Then ingesting again – kind of a cycle.

So overall, my life goals are to fall more and more in love with my family and learn as much as I can, be a good person – and help when I am inspired to.

7. What’s your mantra?

It’s all made up, it’s just what version you choose to believe.

To see more of Tanina Jackson’s work, visit Babe&Butter.
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