Listening to the recording of my interviews makes me realise two things. The first is that I sound a bit like a chipmunk. The second is that I may have a little bit of a girly crush on Ashley. Well, who wouldn’t really, with that velvety voice, short blonde hair, cute dimples and all those tattoos? I’ll say it again: who doesn’t love a woman with a little bit of ink?
“Eventually I’ll just have one [giant] tattoo,” she says about her own tats. “My favourites are my portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Aretha Franklin. And, of course, my first Australian tattoo — a picture of a lighter and script that reads ‘A little bit of rock & roll!’”
A little bit of rock and roll is exactly how I’d describe her. Her love affair with ink began when she was 16. From the moment her artist put needle to skin, Ashley was convinced she had to be a part of the magic. “I knew when I got my first tattoo that this was what I wanted to do. I just love it. The sound of the machines, hanging out with everyone in the shop, just the atmosphere — I love it.”