The Poor Patron - Donut Queen by Amanda Payne

The Poor Patron - Donut Queen by Amanda Payne


The Poor Patron is a project meant to loosen the everyday strictures of the client/artist relationship. The artist is welcomed to create work based on any MarninSaylor themes or imagery with no creative input, due within a "when it's done" deadline.

We are pleased to offer prints of our Poor Patron collaborations. This is the sixteenth in the series, titled Donut Queen by California artist Amanda Payne. Unleash your inner Donut Queen (or just idolize this one)!

This art is printed on high-quality, heavyweight, matte, archival paper, and measures 13"x19". Sold unframed, shipped rolled. Half the proceeds from the sale of these prints go directly to the artist.

Be sure to read our interview with Amanda below.


Amanda and I met a few years ago in a very interesting way - we were both at The Belfry for a taxidermy class. We happened to sit next to each other and in between cutting open mice, curing their skins, stuffing them, and making adorable dioramas for them, we struck up a friendly conversation. I loved Amanda's style (at the time she had fiery orange hair and was wearing at least one leopard-print item) so we chatted about art, tattoos, cities we'd lived in and more. I haven't seen her in person since, but I've loved watching through the internet as she continues to create incredible tattoos and artwork. Hopefully our paths will cross again sometime in the future, but until then we can all enjoy the poster she's whipped up for us - Donut Queen!

You're a tattoo artist by day and a painter/textile artist by night. What skills are required for each media and how does what you learn in one influence or shape the other? 

Tattooing is much more of a craft than it is an art. You could be the best artist in the world and be a terrible tattooer. It takes a certain amount of patience, understanding of the way skin works and reacts and efficiency. Painting and textile work also takes patience but there's a lot more wiggle room to make mistakes. All of these things are things that I've done for years, and some days it feels like I have no idea what I'm doing. So, mostly patience is the take away from all of it. That it's very the end of the world and to take your time.

Can you give us a glimpse into the origins of your aesthetic? Your work is laden with big hair pinup girls, cute foods, even cuter cats ... how does this all gel within your personality and life as a whole?

Those are just my favorite things. I really like to make the things I like. Were the decision left up to me, I probably wouldn't make anything else. I am also a burlesque performer, so pretty ladies with big hair isn't too far away from most of my weekends. 

You live and work in Santa Cruz, CA, which in my mind is this mythical mashup of surf culture, hippies old and new, amazing natural beauty, and a thriving scientific research community (basically paradise). Has the city influenced or inspired your work in any way? 

Santa Cruz is totally paradise, I love it. I was born and raised here. I live two blocks from the beach, I live in an awesome neighborhood, in an apartment that I love surrounded by a great community of friends and family. The art and music here is awesome and the town is positioned not too far from the major cities of California. This place inspires me most by making me happy. I'm so much more productive when I'm stoked on life and I spent a long time bouncing around and it wasn't exactly the most productive time of my life. I am very happy to feel at home and content in one place.

What are your plans or hopes for the future? Tattoos forever? More focus on your fine art? I'm basically asking that annoying 'where do you see yourself in ten years' question that guidance counselors love, because I know that no matter what you end up doing it will be amazing! 

Well, I just added permanent cosmetics to my skill set which is really fun, so I'm enjoying that as a new thing I can do. In a perfect world, I'd like to work a bit less, stress a little less, create a little bit more, and just generally be stoked. I know that sounds incredibly Californian of me, but whatever. Maybe open my own tattoo shop or a gallery, who knows!

Alright, most important question: what's the strangest tattoo request you've ever received, and did you say yes?

You know, I've been trying to figure out what the weirdest thing that anyone has asked for and thats a hard one. Probably because I like the weird requests. but I do think the dumbest idea someone asked for was their newborn baby's foot print, but done in plaid because they had Scottish heritage (not their family's tartan, just plaid), with a ram's foot print inside of the foot print (because the baby was an Aries), and the first, middle, and last name, with birthdate and birthweight. It was just too much.

See more of Amanda's work on her website.


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