Have Faith in Evil

Posted by Jonna Ambur on October 5, 2010

Faith Evangeline of Evil Pawn Jewelry

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Wow .. where to begin!  Faith Evangeline is a badass chick, sharp, smart, witty, full of personality, incredibly talented and simply gorgeous.  The tattoos that cover her body are just icing on the cake that is “Faith”.  She’s cornered the market in jewelry designs that speaks to women and moreso women that want to stand out and be noticed for the ladies that they are!!  She’s a testament to hard work, determination, creativity and searching your soul for what you believe, what you want to be and being proud of who you see in the mirror.  It was a privilege to talk to her!!

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Hi Faith!  Thank you for taking some time to do an interview with me for Inkspirationalwords.com.  I’m personally a huge fan of your designs and love the fact that a beautiful young tattooed woman has made such a huge success of herself.  You clearly have a passion for your work and put your personality behind everything that you feature on your site.

Thank you! You RAWKKKKKK Girl!

First let’s start with you, Faith.  You have gorgeous photos of yourself featured on your website and on Facebook.  Did you start out in the world of modeling?  Do you continue to work in front of the camera or is it a hobby for you?

I started out in this world as a little riot girl! Never thought I could model. My passions as a child were music and jewelry. If I am in front of the camera it’s all for the jewelry nothing more. I leave that up to the pro’s. The girls that model my jewelry are amazing!

You have spent lifetimes under the needle and your artwork is incredible!  Do you have a specific artist that you work with the most?  Or do you prefer to collect from several?

I pretty much stick to one artist. Well I have since 1999 haha. I go to Whispering Danny of Whispering Danny’s Exile in Kansas City. He is an amazing tattoo artist and kinda talked me out of stupid tats I would no longer like now. When I was younger and started getting tattooed, I would have an idea for something and he would make sure it was something I would love forever and was more me. That is a good tattoo artist. I appreciate that so much! I still cannot thank him enough! LOL!

Do you have plans for any future work?

A TON! I have wanted a side pieces for 9 years! I have a plan for most every open spot left! Just gotta get the time to start it. Someday soon I hope.

Do you have one person that you’d drop everything to be tattooed by if they had an opening tomorrow?

MY TAT ARTIST! He has a waiting list. My schedule is hectic these days so getting anything new is impossible! If I could just call whenever and get a next day spot, I’d be there with bells!

Let’s talk about your jewelry designs.  Evil Pawn Jewelry.  When did you start creating jewelry and what got you into it?  Tell me about your company and what it means to you.

I started creating jewelry very young, but didn’t get into it hardcore until I was 20. My Grandparents are jewelers so I consider it hereditary. I worked as a bench jeweler for years. I was so convinced that the glory days of jewelry were over.  Turquoise was considered old school and the main jobs in jewelry were engagement rings and diamonds.

As a bench jeweler you see the same thing in and out everyday; the same diamond settings, size, set, polish, plate and again. It’s like you are a machine. There is no more art. The only thing you love is that you are not sitting in a corporate museum behind a desk. Then one day I realized ‘Oh yes I am’. The mindless hours of clocking in and out consumed my brain and talked me into this false hope for creation.

There was once a time when you needed shoes you would go to a shoe maker. If you needed a dress you went to a seamstress. People made a living at trades and specialized in their craft from experience and caring for their customers. Now we go to Wal-Mart. Now we go to Target. Now our money pays for corporate whores to get rich while their employees starve. They buy large machines to take the jobs of 40 to a thousand humans. They take your dollar and rob your neighbor with it. We are now reaping what we have sewn with thread the man gave us.

Evil Pawn Jewelry means a lot to me as far as using my life experiences to create adornments for humans to cherish. It means I use thoughts in my mind that inspire me to design. It also means handmade, old world, before the machines & corporate owned politicians broke America, when humans working their craft, selling their work, and being proud of each day were the kings. You no longer look at the clock awaiting 5pm in misery. You own the clock.

We must take back what is ours. Viva la Revolution!

Do you remember your first piece and the reaction you got?

Yes, the first piece of jewelry I ever made was the art of an album cover by a band called ‘Today is the Day’. The album was called ‘In the Eye’s of God’.  I was extremely inspired by that album and its lyrical content spoke over and over in my life at the time.

I made a few of them and sold them all. The reaction was good in my group of friends and associates because I knew a ton of people into metal and Goth. But the world… via eBay, took it the completely wrong way.  The world can have its way of jading you, shaping you, and sometimes making you want to hide.  All the things I created were considered ‘dark’ for those who didn’t understand. If I would have put them away in a drawer then these things would have just stayed in the dark in a box. Just like the people saying its dark and living in their own box.

It is time to inspire and lift others up. Question what you do not understand.  Your understanding of new things is your own enlightenment and the ‘becoming’ of someone else’s.

Does someone or something in particular give you inspiration .. whether on a personal level, in business or in your designs?

My life experiences give me inspiration. The people, places, and things I have lived through give me a design in my mind. My goal is to purge bad experiences and make them good. To turn negative into positive energy and to help fuel others to do the same.

There are so many pieces in my line that have stemmed from experience that left me feeling alone, sad, jaded, forsaken, etc. Discussing them and transforming them into positive thoughts and then designing a tangible adornment to remember the experience in a good way.

Example:  The Caroline Necklace is thoughts of a family member of mine who passed. She died of an eating disorder. Nothing makes me sadder to think a human beings divine perfection and light is dimmed by pop culture’s hungry forces that consume us all.

This necklace has two womens faces that rest on your collar bones. One is the girl you are, the one that is ok with you and loves you. The other is the girl you want to be on TV or in the Magazine. They represent God and the Devil and the days you are happy and gloriously showered in light and then have all this great energy so quickly taken away as you are slapped in the face when you see the images of a magazine or a movie premiere. You are not good enough, not thin enough, not pale enough, not tan enough, tall enough, just not enough.

The Caroline Necklace is bold, shiny, and is charged with your personal power. The days I feel like I am not enough, I wear it proud. It is my personal amulet against pop culture images of impossible standards.

Negative has become positive. No one can keep you down as long as you keep batting their evil out of the field. Become the person you want to be with good energy and good thoughts. I believe you can do anything.


(Author’s note .. My personal favorite!)

I would say that your personal flair shows through in your designs and they are all so different and eye catching.  Do you have any pieces that you feel best defines Faith?

I have a wicked piece on the back burner called ‘Faith’s Tiara’ and it is all me! When it is done I will sleep in it! LOL!

The piece that most defines me as all women I would say is the signature logo, The Cameo Skull. Whether it be a ring or a necklace, it is the copyrighted hand carved mother of pearl piece that started all this and drives it today;

Examples of ‘The duality of women’

Really? When the hell is all this crap gonna end? Women are smart, we have minds, feelings, dreams, and we are human. The ‘Powers’ turning the word ‘feminist’ into a bad word and making us question ourselves, sister turning against sister over petty/catty/nothingness, rapist, domestic violence, and we can’t even get a women in the white house. It keeps going to ‘are you on your period?’ or my favorite ‘Women have weak minds’ wow. Do not mistake my compassion, kindness, and willingness to love for a ‘weak mind’ or a hormonal crisis.

The cameo Skull is my ode to how pretty my inside can be and how pissed I am at all the things I left alone when I was young because I was tired of hearing  sexist comments. I won’t miss anything ever again.

(Author’s note .. My personal second favorite!)


Do you think that your personal style and your tattoo work is a reflection of your jewelry .. or is perhaps your designs are reflected in your tattoo work?

My largest piece of art work was complete 10 years ago, so I consider it apart of my becoming the person I am. I have a thing for castles and old architecture so my tattoo on my back is something that is a reflection of me. I have designed a bracelet in my youth after a castle and then I have the Cameo Skull tattooed on my forearm long after the design was a force. So it goes hand in hand. I decorate myself in adornments whether it is ink or jewelry. It doesn’t matter because I wear my true self on the outside for display.

Do you have any new jewelry plans in the works that you want to share?

I have been working on this ring for awhile, it is the shape of a memory that I go to often. It is an onyx ring called ‘the pond ring’ and it is special in 2 ways. My Grandma always wore a large onyx ring in her youth and she loved this ring when I showed her the design. She said, ‘that one! It reminds me of my old one I had when I was a young!’

My Grandmother Veda passed away last Tuesday and all I have seen is black; Pain or onyx, not sure but black. The stone onyx absorbs negative and takes away anything you want to give it, so I give it all my pain and when I look at this new creation from my line, I will see my memory of that Pond that tricked us into believing it had secrets and I will also think of my Grandma Veda who adored herself in onyx. It also helps me remember, just like the pond from my youth taught me, ‘because it is dark does not mean it is bad.’

What’s next for Faith, the woman?  And Faith, the business woman?

For personal I hope to expand my capacity for inspiring and helping others become who they truly are. I am a helper by nature. I cannot live without giving.

For business I want to expand the line to so many different areas!  For Fall 2010

I am expanding Evil Pawn Jewelry’s engagement line. Different types of rings that are far from cookie cutter and do not require you to finance them! A ring you wear everyday shouldn’t remind you of how much it cost or how it is ‘the biggest or the best’ of all your friends. It should be about what you like and what you cherish. It should reflect you, the real you, not what the diamond store says you should have.  Instead of diamonds how about an amethyst or a black crystal, a butterfly shape, rings of skulls, spiders, or fairies. Something different and unique just like you!

What is one important thing on your “Bucket List” .. regardless of how off the wall it might be!?!

Not really what I want to do but what I want to see…

Fear is fueling us all now. The fear of what we do not know or understand. Fear has become hate, greed, pain. Fear has become what fills the hole in our souls. We fill it with assumptions, gossip, and costumes. We hide from the truth of what we all are and were meant to be. Fear has given control to false powers and even empires that build rock solid lies that shape our lives. Fear is taking over all of us. NOT FEARING FEAR should be what inspires us.


And just because I’m personally curious … you clearly love music, who are the most played bands on you MP3?

Dear God I have always loved Metal. HAHA. From old school Pantera, Nile, Today is the Day, Neurosis, Gojira, Napalm Death, My Ruin, and I go into the classic rock and Girl Riot scene with vengeance!  LOL!


This is where you plug away .. share with me all the links to your websites!!  You can also share the names and links to anyone that you want to spread the word about.  (Influences, tattoo artists, stores that sell your items, etc.)

Evil Pawn Jewelry official website
http://www.EvilPawnJewelry.com

Evil Pawn Jewelry & Faith Evangeline on Facebook
http://www.Facebook.com/EvilPawnJewelry

My Space
http://www.MySpace.com/EvilPawnJewelry

Twitter
http://www.twitter.com/EvilPawn

Whispering Danny’s Exile
http://www.Exiletattoo.net

Revue Salon and Spa
http://revuesalon.com

Eyeworks Photography
http://eyeworksphotography.com

AlphaBase Inc.
http://alphabaseinc.com

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