Photo byD.L. Hootman Photography
Model Of The Day: Tattooed Beauty Staci Castle
ABOUT STACI CASTLE
“I was born and raised in Vallejo, California. I haven’t lived there for a while now, but [As much as I’d LOVE to live in Vegas or London] I don’t think I’ll ever move out of the Northern California area. I grew up really shy. I’ve always been interested in tattoos, though, and the lifestyle that comes along with it. I looked up to all the big tattoo models when I was a teenager, and I knew I wanted to be like them some day. I did a couple shoots for fun when I was younger and had just started getting tattooed, but I was still way too shy to take any of it seriously. Despite all that, I still REALLY wanted to be a part of the whole tattooed lifestyle/scene. I had a friend that was big in the music scene in Sacramento and helped me do just that. I actually started doing live band photography and band promotions for a while. Most of our bands were heavily tattooed, metal heads. It was a lot of fun. I got some awesome opportunities [Like shooting Rob Zombie, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Etc..] and I met a ton of amazing people.
It was only recently, that I got the guts to be on the other side of the camera. My first actual shoot was in January of 2014 and I completely fell in love with it. Going into it, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the pictures, but I figured maayyybeee I could do a shoot here and there to post to social networks, and just have fun with it. The first shoot I did was with Yellow Bubbles and her sister, Spoiled Cherry. They are the most amazing team and create magic every time they shoot, I just knew I HAD to be a part of it some how. I loved them, and their magic ways, so much, I shot with them again in February and then in March. Both of those shoots ended up getting featured in magazines. It was such an awesome feeling that I couldn’t help but start doing more and more shoots. I finally decided to start calling myself a model, make a modeling page, and taking it seriously as a career in July of 2014. First step? Making a Facebook fan page, of course.
We all know nothing is official until it’s Facebook official. Haha I was also lucky enough to be able to join a group called Ladies Of Metal in July as well. [www.ladiesofmetal.com/staci-castle] I’ve met a bunch of awesome girls and bands through this group, and I’ve also gotten to work with some cool photographers through LOM as well. One of which is amazing and helping me build this site. [NO, he didn’t tell me to put that… But while we’re on the subject, go check him out: Allendanielphoto.com!] Since then, modeling has become a huge part of my life and I can’t imagine not doing it now.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the most creative people I’ve ever met, and I’ve been published multiple times, including being on the cover of a Missy/Ink’s special edition magazine, and getting in a couple of calendars for 2015. I’ve never been more busy, tired, stressed out, exhausted, sleepy, overworked, [insert more words for needing sleep here], but it’s all completely worth it. It’s awesome and I’m completely grateful for, and humbled by, all of the positive feedback, and amazing opportunities I get.” – Staci Castle
Photo by Marz Photography.
@kulturmag with my steampunk set by @yellbub and styled in @lustdesigns by @spoiledcherry