ABOUT THE NAME
I will never forget one hot summer Louisianan day when I was about six years old, a bumble bee landed on my arm and delicately crawled around my sun-burnt skin. I froze, wanting the bee to stay with me as long as possible, and watched with total fascination and delight as it balanced on my scrawny, freckled arm. Eventually, with a graceful swish of its light wings, it rose up in the air and twirled off to land on a nearby bush of sweet-smelling gardenia flowers in my grandmother’s garden. I felt blessed that this creature chose me. Ever since bees have sort of been this sacred spirit animal for me. My grandmother, who raised me, felt the same connection to these sacred healers/workers. Her house was decked roof to floor with bee symbolism and decor. I definitely inherited the love and connection from her at a young age, when we’d sit on our balcony in New Orleans and watch the honey bees sip from our blooming azaleas and gardenias. The medicine of the bee spirit is mindful service and community. Two things I feel very strongly for and wish to embody in my work. Wadulisi means “bee” in Cherokee, a tribute to my grandmother and our spirit animal, as well as my Cherokee heritage from my paternal grandfather.
Ashley is a licensed tattoo artist, certified reiki healer, and tarot/oracle reader in NYC (Relocating to Southern California in September) with an art and illustration background from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Ashley grew up in the south with her tarot reading mystic grandmother, who opened her eyes to the Divine and sacredness of the Earth at a very young age. After her grandmother's passing in 2009, she inherited her grandmother's tarot decks and began to dive deeper into her spiritual path, opening up many channels and doors along the way. Using her intuition, connection to Spirit and Mother Earth, knowledge of numerology, astrology, tarot, manifestation and the power of attraction, Ashley's work is geared towards identifying deep set patterns and habits that our not serving our higher purpose, and how to eliminate those patterns so that we may all heal, honor our truth, and align with our soul purpose. Ashley's Soul Tattoos offer an intimate, specifically designed and curated experience of tattooing, without the noise, intense energy, and lack of intimacy and spirituality of Tattoo shops.