Q. Is Skintome for me even if I don’t have dermatographia?
A. Yes! Skintome started out as a virtual community where I could transform my experience with dermatographia, spreading awareness of the condition in the process, showing others how to navigate through and beyond it. However, Skintome has evolved into this resource guide for a wider audience, people coming together to embrace our uniqueness, own our vulnerabilities, stay healthy, and realize the transformative power of self expression.
Q. What is Skintome?
A. Skintome is still a resource for people with dermatographia, and a space for sharing about skin stories, but it’s also for everyone–whether or not skin is your driving creative source. Skintome is geared toward finding inspiration in day-to-day experience, finding a voice for self-expression, being energetic, healthy and nourished, and creating.
Q. Who Is Skintome for?
A. Skintome is for artists, creators of any kind, tribe leaders, revolution starters, people interested in making/writing/performing/living a creative life, and anyone looking for community on their journey of self expression and awareness. You don’t have to consider yourself an artist to be part of Skintome!
Q. What/who is an artist anyway?
A. One of the definitions of an artist, found in the dictionary, is “a person skilled at a particular task or occupation.” Pretty straight forward, huh! And you know what it takes to become skilled at anything? Practice! Once you spend time with your chosen medium(s), you will also become skilled (if you’re not already). Voila! You’re an artist! It just takes practice and dedication to create beautiful, imaginative things.
Q. Is Skintome about having different skin tones?
A. Skintome is about more that just the color and tone of your skin, it’s about those laugh lines created from late nights with friends, that mole that has always made you a little uncomfortable but been resiliently making itself known since birth, the way your skin responds to certain foods or stress and the visible story it tells (without words) about what we are currently experiencing. It’s the dreaded breakout revealing to us and the world how much we do care about the casual date we have later in the week. Our skin is constantly revealing doorways into a new experience–revealing our experience to the world, and guiding us to transformation. Our bodies carry the stories of our life experience. It is our book, and our skin is the cover, revealing what’s contained inside. How have we laughed, loved, healed, and grown through the lines, the moles and marks, the blemishes and scars. Each has its own unique chapter in the story of our life. Our bodies have their own language and it speaks through skin.
Q. How can Skintome inspire me to be creative?
A. This is a safe space for expression, and a place to come for inspiration (especially if you work directly with me! ;)—whether you’re really excited about an idea, have no idea, or feeling stuck. Skin has been my medium because it was the source of one of my scariest (at the time) vulnerabilities. Your medium may be different. It’s less about the specifics of what you create and more about the journey to creating: the how and why. This is what the Skintome community is all about.
Q. How can I work with Ariana?
A. Whether or not you think you’re an artist (you are!), there’s a path of self-discovery, creativity, imagination and expression to be found. I can help guide you along this path :+)
I am available for either virtual or in-person studio visits, which includes ideas on generating an audience for your work. See the Work with Ariana page for more information.
Q. How do you pronounce Ariana’s name?
A. It is pronounced AIR-E-ANNA, and rhymes with banana… and Indiana :=)