If you’ve spotted my face with art from what feels like ancient times when drawing on rocks was a thing then know it was courtesy of Lindsay.

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Body Art by @ah_this

We’ve interacted quite a few times at various Posh Experiences, and because we admire her work, we thought we, and you by extension, would benefit from learning more about her. Also, if there’s something to know about Picha Booth is we are all about women empowerment and highlighting great brands.

Let’s get to it!

Childhood

Tell us a bit about your upbringing.

There’s a lot to unravel here, but I’ll keep it precise. If I go into detail, we will be here for days… maybe months. I was born in Malaysia, grew up in Mombasa, Nairobi and Uganda. I did lots of extracurricular activities throughout school and I made a lot of friends along the way. Oh, and I have had very supportive parents and friends along the way so far as well.

When did you move back to Kenya from Malaysia?

I must have been about 3 years old.

Did your upbringing have any influence on the career path you now pursue?

Possibly so, now that I think of it. Having rich artistic and cultural influences around me definitely inspired me to create. I also went o very good schools that encouraged learning beyond the classroom.

Education

What guided you to choose Engineering as your initial course?

I have never done an engineering course. But I did make an attempt at Architecture, I wanted to be an architect.

(*Picha Booth side note: don’t believe everything you read on the internet!)

Tell us about the day you decided to make the shift to Fine Arts.

There wasn’t a day. It was more a series of events the pushed me and reassured me that it was the right path. It came naturally to me, so it only made sense to see what I could do with it.

What would you advise people who want to make such a drastic shift but feel they can’t?

I wouldn’t consider it a drastic shift. I had a whole year when I didn’t know what I wanted to do and was in limbo and frustrated, working jobs that didn’t pay me. So, I’d say just start, and to not over-think it.

Work

So, why body art?

My reasons why have changed over the years, but I will say a constant reason is the intimacy of it and the celebration of the way someone is designed.

What has your experience been working in such a niche market?

It has been interesting! A lot of people often undermine the craft and believe it’s restricted to kids’ parties, or ‘Wakanda’, or ‘tribal paint’. It gets very boring. You realize how niche it is when you find yourself constantly having people asking you to explain what you do, and why you do it. On the flip side, I have been able to collaborate with some amazing people and work within spaces I would have never imagined myself being in. Also, establishing your style or signature as an artist is hard, but I am glad I finally have.

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Body Art by @ah_this

Tell us a bit about your most favorite project so far.

It’s the one I’m currently working on… so it’s a bit of a secret 😊

What misconceptions would you like to clear up about what you do?

– It’s not ‘Wakanda’ … That was someone else’s idea.

– It’s not just ‘face paint’ it’s body art, and it ranges from body painting, to make up, to performance art and its limitless.

– I work very long hours and I interact with a lot of people, so it gets very tiring, the silver lining is the amazing people you meet.

– There is not a single artist in the world that feels satisfied by one craft. We are inspired constantly and we try out different things all the time.

Life

Who is Lindsay when she’s not doing body art?

I am the Co-founder of Free Mind Sessions, a networking event that focuses on connecting with good intentions within a safe respectful of everyone’s beliefs and opinions It’s something I’m equally as passionate about and we host it monthly. I’m also a hermit; I like to be in quiet places not doing too much with the people I enjoy.

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Free Mind Sessions

What’s your life mantra?

It could always be way worse, so make sure it’s much better next time.

Any grand plans for 2020?

I have great interest in doing more mural work this year. It’s been a year so far working on Murals, and I love it.

Parting shot.

Don’t get too comfortable in your craft, there’s always SO MUCH to learn.

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As always, thanks for stopping by!

PS: Happy Birthday Lindsay 💖