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Issue Date: February 2014


Single in the City: Christine Gallowan

Christine Gallowan, 42, Cosmetic and medical tattoo artist

Hidden talent: I am a painter. I love to paint at night. I love to paint in oils.

Biggest fear: My biggest fear in life would probably be to witness my daughter being unhappy in her life.

My bad habit: My bad habits are also the things that help me succeed in life — and that is being very myopic or very focused on what I'm doing. It's not a bad thing — unless you forget to eat all day or you haven't called your mother in a month.

My guilty pleasure: I love birthday cake — the cheaper the cake, the better. I'll take a Wal-Mart vanilla cake over some super fancy cake any day. It always tastes better, does it not?

You'd never guess: I am an excellent Hula-Hooper.

I can't live without: I cannot live without my family, and I wouldn't want to live life if I wasn't helping people.

My hero: Right now, my hero is Angelina Jolie because she brought breast cancer awareness and being so active about your breast health right to the forefront. She is just an amazing person who has proven to women that being beautiful and your sexuality has nothing to do with just losing your breasts due to cancer.

On my bucket list: I would like to maybe someday be on the Dr. Oz Show. And I would like to show in Art Basel. Anything I have on my bucket list, I try to make it realistic so that I can accomplish it.

Biggest accomplishment: My biggest accomplishment is helping hundreds of women who are cancer survivors feel whole again — feel better about their appearance. I tattoo women who are cancer survivors. I re-tattoo areolas and nipples back on in 3-D so they look really real. And any woman that's gone through chemotherapy, I will tattoo their eyebrows back on so it really looks like hair. My biggest accomplishment is not necessarily the ability to tattoo but feeling that I can give to another woman with what I do. It's just that confidence. Not many people are able to successfully give somebody some confidence back.

When I'm not working: I am definitely either painting or Hula-Hooping, or I'm on Facebook like anybody else.

Find me here on a Saturday night: Sitting at the bar at Flying Fig or at Dante having dinner.

If I had one wish: Hope that my daughter someday is very fulfilled in her life, no matter what it is, no matter what she's doing.

Once-in-a-lifetime moment: I was featured in The Plain Dealer. It was so well written that it touched my heart, and it touched a lot of other people's hearts, too.

On death row, my last meal would be: I probably would not eat a meal on death row for a couple of reasons. I would be incredibly sad thinking that this is the last thing I was ever going to eat. And the other thing is I don't want to defecate on the chair or throw up or anything like that.

If I won the Mega Millions, I'd spend it on: Cancer research.

My No. 1 dating rule: Being very honest and true to yourself because I will be able to read right through someone that is acting like someone that they aren't.

Deal-breakers: If I'm on the first date and I offer to pay and you take my money, that's the deal-breaker. I want a gentleman to still be like a gentleman.

The perfect date: My perfect date would be doing something that actually took a little bit of effort and thinking about things that I like.

I'm a sucker for: A guitar player.

Most romantic thing you've ever done: I took my ex on a vacation to Saddleback Mountain, which is in Arizona. It's so spiritual there and the sunsets are just really incredible and so is the sky.

What I look for in a significant other: Talent. Period. If you are very, very talented and very driven in your talent, if you're very passionate about it, then you will understand my passion and why I do the things I do. And that's a connection that a lot of people just don't have.

Celebrity dream date: Not that I would ever go out with him, but probably David Beckham. But I wouldn't want Posh following after me.

Celebrity look-alike: I get Lucy Liu.

Dogs or cats: Both.

Beach or mountains: Beach.

Signature dish: Usually my lamb lollipops.

How I stay healthy: I only will work out doing things that I truly enjoy doing — so that means dancing. Also, I eat really clean. I don't eat fast food or any processed foods.

Favorite ... love story: Just going through the newspaper and looking at people who are celebrating their 50th and 60th anniversaries. I just think that's awesome. ... book: 2000 Years of Disbelief by James A. Haught. ... TV show: I don't watch TV. I don't even have cable. I know it's a really hipster thing to say, but it really is true. ... movie: I'd have to say Elf. I love that movie. ... blog: Arty Farty. I read this religiously. ... music: House music. I really like Tiësto. ... restaurant: Flying Fig. ... app: Spotify.

What I'm reading: I'm not reading a book right now.

iPod embarrassment: Biz Markie.

I'm so over: All of the negative posts that are on Facebook. It would be nice to just ... see something positive happen to someone who thinks the world is just crashing down all around them.

Dream job: I'm actually living my dream job right now. That's probably why I'm so incredibly happy with my life. It's such an empowerment that you know you are truly successful in what you do when you don't care about money. Yes, money is nice to pay all the bills and stuff, but if that's the only reason that you're getting up and going to work every day, it's not your dream job.

Dream vacation: I want to go to Alaska, but I want to do it on a cruise. I want to fish and try to catch some salmon and eat it right there.

Best date I've been on: You really, truly could go anywhere and do anything ... but if you don't have that instant chemistry with someone, that instant strong, connection with them, it's never going to be a good experience. The best date is the one where you've got an intense connection.

Worst date I've been on: I was on a date with someone who had fake eyebrows. It was rough. It was really rough.

Comments:
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:13:37 PM by Denise Riggs-Knepp
Christine, I have only met you once and that was while in You're Chair Creating an Eyebrow Makeover on Me. In that short time, I knew Your Talents, You're Strengths and You're Heart. There is no pretence in this article. You have described Yourself Very Well and are as Beautiful here as You are in Person. May You continue to heal and serve others in the way you do, to be rewarded with You're Dreams (Bucket List) and the Desires of You're Heart. It's only a small token for what you have done for others.

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