Casey Grinnell seems too elfish and lovely to exist outside of a fantasy realm. You’d expect to see her lithe, splendid self in Rivendell rather than Durango. The woman’s vitality is mesmerizing, as is her smile and fierce style.
DGO chatted with Grinnell about tattoos and what it takes to get ready in the morning.
“I go for comfort. These are yoga jeans. I used to put so much energy into my look. I would spend an hour every day. I gave up on makeup a long time ago. Now, I just try to find clothes that color coordinate a bit. I really like fall colors. I wear them all the time, even in the summer. I was born in October. I love this season.
I like to get tattoos for my birthday and Christmas. My chest piece was a gift from my husband. I didn’t know what I wanted but it was a free tattoo, and I wanted to make it count. I put it on my chest and it hurt a lot. Now, I’m like, ‘We should go up higher’ [touches neck]. It’s a never-ending process. I wanna do this one [taps shaved head side] pretty soon. I don’t know what I want there, I just know I want something.
I’m very coordinated with tattoo balance. If I get a tattoo on one half of my body, I have to get one on the other half next time. I like them to coordinate, too, so I pick artists that work in similar styles and colors to each other. That way they look nice together.
The chest piece was done at Jake’s Tattoo down in Farmington. Ty Morris has done eight of my 12 tattoos. I am actually starting an apprenticeship with him right now.”
Interview edited and condensed for clarity.Patty Templeton