Tattoo Vixens - Nikki Napalm

Published: 04 April, 2011 - Featured in Skin Deep 197, April, 2011

She works in a diner and loves her red-headed men, but she don’t drink, don’t smoke... what do you do Nikki?

You seem to be a clean living retro-type girl! With your image and your job in a diner, what does the future hold?

"I have a real good time at the 1940's-style diner where I waitress; the job is the perfect addition to my rockabilly lifestyle. It's a fun job to have while I'm finishing up school, but I don't want to stay there forever.  I'm from a small beach town on the southern California coast... I know there is more out there for me. I plan to move to Los Angeles to break into the fashion and entertainment industry there. I belong in the big city."

I hear you'd like to tour the UK? You on some kind of history trip or something?

"No, not a history trip... my nationalities are a mix of eastern and western European. I'm mostly Czech and Irish.  I'm interested in seeing where I came from and what the countries are like, plus I'm on a hunt for a handsome ginger fella and I hear there's a higher concentration of them across the pond!

Some people think it's silly, but I have a mad thing for redheaded, fair-skinned, freckled guys.  I guess you could call it somewhat of a fetish, but it's innocent.  To me, those features are rare and exotic... and if he's tall and tattooed, he can just about stop my heart."

I also hear you're a bit of a horror/sci-fi nerd. Being as you're a retro girl, what's better - modern day SFX blockbusters or those old 50's B movies?

"My favorites are the low-budget, campy science fiction and B-grade horror movies from the golden age of hollywood.  Back then, all the stunts, special effects, and make-up were real and audiences were terrified!  There was a lot of creativity and vision that went into those kind of films - Invasion of The Body Snatchers, Night of the Living Dead, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and TV shows like The Twilight Zone are all great.  Newer horror movies are a bit of a gamble but the classics are always entertaining."

You told me you live a life of good, clean fun. If you don't drink, don't smoke, what on earth could that possibly entail!?

"Yes!  I'm a goody-two-shoes, through and through. I've never had a drink, never had a smoke, never touched drugs, and I'm a church-going girl.  I'm just not interested. There are better things in life, like Shirley Temple with extra cherries!  But seriously, I'm very focused on my future and want to make sure I have a clear head to see it through.  Being healthy from the inside out is important to me, I feel like I have a lot to live for and a lot to look forward to. The layout for my chest piece is dedicated to my future family and drug free lifestyle."

Does the modern world hold anything in store for you or would you rather it was Happy Days all round? If the Fonz had red hair, would that be your perfect date?

"Oh my gosh! The Fonz was a tough guy troublemaker! I'd much rather date a sweet-hearted square boy like Richie Cunningham! In fact, if I could, I would de-cartoonise Archie from the comic book, and date him. I can honestly say I feel like I was born in the wrong time period. I would have loved to experience the simplicity of the 1950's, but I'm stuck right here, right now for some reason, and I plan on living life to the fullest."


Photography: Don Chamber at DC Imagery