Aloha my name is Madison Tomsic. You can call me Madiee. I was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Thats where the artist dream started. It all started at 15 with a 1977 VW bus names Opiee. I found the shell, engine, transmission, and everything else to get the bus rolling. The bus had spent its whole life in Tucson, Arizona. All it needed was an awesome paint job and some love. Then it would be ready to experience the world. Senior year of high school i finished painting the inside and outside of the bus and focused mainly on my art classes. Once I graduated at 17, I decided to tow Opiee over to California and start the very beginning of our journey together, and my journey as an independent artist. I spent the first year 2 years of my California life driving from festivals to shows living in my van and creating art. Thats where i discovered that art mixed with travel is my ultimate passion. I began face painting and painting busses as a means of income. I moved to Hawaii and started henna tattooing people as a side job because times were tough as a “starving artist”. Which inspired me to start Moondala Rags, a clothing line, all hand painted, and batiked and one of a kind clothing. After saving up from busy tourist seasons of henna and the occasional trip around the world facepainting and selling clothes, I decided to leave the island and return back to the west coast. I decided to use my spare income to focus more on my visionary art, face painting, and henna. While at a festival in Central California, I had a vision to go to Guatemala and Mexico to visit mayan cultural sites. I decided a few months later to embark south and from then on my life changed. My art transformed and i picked up my latest tool, tattooing. This led me on a magical body art journey, where i started competing in large scale body art competitions and permanently marking people. I still focus on painting on canvas but using my body paint photo shoots, and people from my travels as my subject matter. My body arts have transformed from simple face paint to an arrangement of clothing, costumes, body paint, tattoos, and to all those things combined into multimedia experiences painted forever onto canvas. What a journey.

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