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Stena Mehrat by sketchtastrophe Stena Mehrat by sketchtastrophe
This is my application for the RP group :iconxundertheneonlightsx: Long description is long, I am apparently not a succinct person. Apologies ;___; That arm tattoo killed me, but I'm very happy with it!

Name: Stena Mehrat
Race: Human
Gender: Female
Age: 27
Height: 5'1"
Weight: 112
TIAMAT, Civilian or Supporter: Civilian
Occupation: Tattoo Artist (uses traditional and UV inks)
Likes:
- Tattooing and designing
- Sour sweets and spicy foods
- Strong drinks
- Thoughtful and deep discussions and debates
- Earrings, hair dye and killer eye make-up, and tattoos of course
- Ancient Histories/Astronomy/Cultures (she collects any old texts she can find on them)
Dislikes:
- Being totally and completely open with someone
- Mornings
- Drama queens/over the top boistrous personalities
- Really hot weather and humidity
- The Machine and Droids
- Change in her routine and dis-organization
Hopes:
- That her clients are completely satisfied with her work
- To live life without regrets
Fears:
- Not living life by her own means
- Losing those she cares about
- Losing her eye sight and/or ability to draw/tattoo
- Becoming addicted to augmentations


Personality:

Cool and Collected - Stena could be described as cool under fire. She tends to handle most situations with a calm and rational mind, and almost never lets her emotions get the best of her. Soft-spoken with a slight raspiness to her voice, it would be extremely unusual to her Stena raise her voice. Which can be somewhat problimatic in clubs and the like so she often has to repeat herself several times. She has a pretty relaxed personality, and prefers to just enjoy the moment. Her sense of humor would be described as sharp and witty, but also playfully sarcastic. She loves going jab for jab with people when they can give her a run for her money.

Shy - Stena does however embarass easily in front of large groups of people or if one person is focusing a lot of attention on her. She may not show it outwardly but her heart would probably be racing while she tried to work out an escape route from the situation. Understandibly she tends to shy away from the kind of situations that might bring on too much attention. Stena is fairly reserved and isn't likely to start up a conversation with a complete stranger. That isn't to say she wouldn't engage someone if they approched her though. Stena is well versed on a wide variety of subjects. She loves a deep conversation and relishes a healthy (but friendly) debate. And if she knows someone well enough she could talk with them for hours.

Perfectionist - Possibly a trait that's been magnified by her work Stena is quite the perfectionist. With a great eye for detail, a steady hand and high expectations of herself, Stena's work is always impecible. She likes things to be a certain way and is not a fan of change. She likes routine and is considered a regular at her favorite hang outs. Often sitting in the same chair, ordering the same thing week to week. Her studio and home alike are both obscenely tidy and organized. She can be a little stubborn when it comes to deviations to her usual routines.

Generous - Stena feels as though she is blessed compared to many citicens of Utimasyl. Physically and financially she is set. She is generous with what money she can spare. When it comes to helping others, it's not a question of if she will help, but how she can help. Stena wouldn't think twice about helping others, regardless of any possible ramifications to herself. Along with this Stena is also incredibly loyal. Once a friend always a friend, she wouldn't turn her back on them. In this aspect Stena is a little naive. Her generosity could lead to her being taken advantage of should she judge someone poorly. Which isn't unlikely, she tends to see the best in people and sort of dismiss the bad.

Other Personality Traits:

On Relationships - Stena generally keeps her emotional feelings guarded and as a result has had difficulty with relationships. You could say she is afraid to be that open and trusting with another being, so when she does approch relationships, she tends to do it with a strictly physical sort of mentality. Deep down Stena does want a real relationship, that perfect connection with someone. But she hasn't really figured that out yet.

On Her Regular Spots - Being something of a night owl, Stena often frequents nightclubs, such as Techromancer. Usually planting herself at the bar, ordering drinks, keeping to herself and simply watching others enjoy themselves. Occassionally engaging in casual conversation with bar tenders or other patrons. She also enjoys going to cafes and other such eateries, favoring many places with spicy dish options.

On Augmentations - Stena finds tattoo's themselves addicting (and is in no way done with getting tattoos), and is decidedly afraid of becoming addicted to other forms of augmentations. Because of this fear she has vowed not to ever get one, and sticks to the more 'traditional' or 'old-school' forms of body modification, choosing such things as tattoos, piercings, hair dye and make-up to change her look day to day. She changes her hair colour nearly weekly. Usually prefering neon shades.

On Tattooing - Stena loves both getting tattoos and doing them, her favorites being those with a story. Those long hours doing tattoos have given her many opportunities to get to know perfect strangers. It's not uncommon for them to talk while getting their tattoo's done, usually finding it helps keep their mind off the pain. She's become a good listener and sounding board because of this. However those long hours spent doing large tattoo's haven't given Stena the best posture. She tends to hunch over especially when sitting.

On Other Interests - Stena has had a fascination with old world mythologies, cultures, traditions and the like. One of her favorite past times is reading up on such subjects. Which might also by why she was so drawn to tattooing. The art form itself has hardly changed in the centuries since it was first documented. She has also been fascinated with astrology. Having grown up under the artificial sky of Utimasyl, and the neon lights of the night, Stena often dreamed of what it might be like to look up and see the stars as they should be seen. Her love of these things have inspired the majority of her tattoos, including the one on her back of the constellation Orion.


History:

Stena grew up a relatively uneventful life in a middle class family in the Eastend of Ultimasyl. The youngest child to an older couple, Stena has one other sibling, a brother who is 12 years older than her. Her family worked at and later took over a small business on the Eastend of Ultimasyl, until they retired. Her older brother later took over the business and is currently helping to support them. It was obvious from a very young age that Stena had no interest in following her parents path. A very creative child she florished when it came to the arts. Instead of pushing Stena to follow in their footsteps, her parents encoraged her love of arts and later supported her career choice. Stena took an apprenticeship with a man by the name of Rhen at the age of seventeen. She turned out to be a natural, picking up the nuances of the trade quickly and developing her own style and a slew of regular clients. Stena apprenticed with him until she was twenty six when Rehn retired and let Stena take over his tattoo shop 'The Living Canvas'. She owns the business herself now, and employees two other part-time employees.

In contrast to Stena, her parents and brother are supporters of The Machine and the current state in which Ultimasyl is run. Stena does not hold this against them, they have lived lucky healthy lives and have never had any reason to feel otherwise. Stena never really liked the idea of being told what to do, and began questioning why a single artificial intelligence was running everything. At a young age she had expressed these questions to her brother who quickly hushed her, warned her never to ask such things and told her not to even think of it again. Later going on to tell her all the good The Machine has done. Stena heeded her brothers warnings about speaking of such things in public, but it didn't stop her from thinking about them. As she grew older and went out into the world on her own, Stena heard stories of those who'd been less fortunate than herself and learned more about The Machine, Droids and the current state of Ultimasyl. And the more she thought and learned about it the less she liked the idea of The Machine.

Stena's Apartment is located in Eurice in Eastend. 'The Living Canvas' is located in Eerie in Eastside.


Tattoos:
As a Tattoo Artist Stena has, of course, her fair share of the trade. The majority of her own were done my her mentor whom she apprenticed with before he retired. She has a full sleeve on her left arm of totem pole (featuring a bear, an orca, a fox, and a raven). This tattoo starts at her wrist and flows all the way up and underneath her collar bone (where the Raven's wing fans outwards). On her back she has a UV tattoo made up of a series of dots and lines, this is a star map of the northern hemisphere which features the constellation Orion. Because this is done with UV ink it is barely visible but will glow under black light. She has four white lines on her left cheek bone. On the top of her right foot Stena has several peonies and a lovebird. Behind her right ear she has a tradtional black tattoo of an intricately designed circle that represents the moon. On her right inside wrist she has a traditional black tattoo of a semi-circle calligraphy stroke.

Character is my own. Temple for UTNL by ShiroXIX
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hanabeta Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eye catching tatoo! Love it!
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a tattoo I secretly would love, glad you think it's eye catching :D Thank you!
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the-braIn-and-nano Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
She's so cool!!! ^^ Her tattoos are absolutely beautiful. I think Deniz would like her. She seems so chill. I'd love to be in an rp with her. :3
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Vintage-Reign Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a gorgeous drawing and such a cool design! Her tattoos are amazingly drawn - I'd never have the patience to do all that.

I can't wait for her and Badra to meet!
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Serth15 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CIVILIANS FTW
Really like her as a character! I see lots of potential for story development with her.
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CathieArt Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student General Artist
She's pretty. c: I like her hair and tattoo. :+fav:
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! That tattoo was killer X3
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CathieArt Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student General Artist
x3 You're welcome!
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ShiroXIX Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOVE her! <3 I especially love her design and the fact that she knows about the old world. One thing I'd really like to see her do is talk to Xak about sunsets. He's OBSESSED with them. Ultimasyl doesn't have them, and with her obsession with the sky, I could see the two of them boding over it.
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh yay, thank you! Ya I could definitely see her and Xak getting into some great discussions over sunsets and the sky. Actually I bet Stena would love to find someone with the same appreciation for them as herself!
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