Reactor-88’s Custom Corner: Tomodachi Island
What’s your name?
Emelie Jensen aka Tomodachi Island
Where are you located?
I am based in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom but born in Sweden. I moved to the UK seven years ago.
Day job or full-time artist?
At the moment I am a full-time artist, but only as I am on maternity leave. I normally work part-time in a pet shop and then part-time as an artist. For a while I worked from home full-time, but the income was never steady enough for me to live comfortably on. But not only that, I’d just moved with my partner to a new city and didn’t know anyone which meant that my social life was next to none. It drove me a bit mad being on my own 80% of the day and so I thought working in a pet shop would be a great way to top up my bank account a little and to get some social interaction with both animals and people. So yeah I am a part-time pet store colleague and a part-time artist. But I am still working hard to become a full-time artist one day.
Any random things you want people to know about you?
I used to be a tattoo artist and that was my biggest dream from around my teenage years. I gave up on that dream after the profession took away my will to draw and create. It was a big step for me to let go of something I had wanted and worked so hard for, for such a long time. It set me on to the path I am on now though so it definitely was the right thing to do. I think it is important not being scared of “failing” when you follow your dreams. Everything happens for a reason, and if it doesn’t make you happy then move on to the next thing.