My life, my words: Tonia Coates: Art in motion |

My life, my words: Tonia Coates: Art in motion

Tonia Coates, assistant manager at Kmart, puts labels on a shelf of Barbie Doll boxes Sunday. She grew up in Craig until high school and moved back two years ago. She has two children and has a fondness for tattoos.

"I love the people I work with, we have a really great crew. I like interacting with the community.

Every day is a new day. It's never the same thing twice.

I lived here when I was a little girl until ninth grade. Then I lived in Rock Springs (Wyo.). I miss it.

I have a lot of family here, which is nice.

I'm really into photography. I love to take pictures. I've done a few weddings, some senior pictures and some family photos. I didn't charge for it or anything. It's just something I like to do.

I really like to take nature pictures. We went to Yellowstone (National Park), and I took a ton of pictures there. We try to go camping a lot in the summer.

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I have two boys, 13 and 14. They're such good kids, both really into sports. My husband and I get really involved with their sports and stuff. In Rock Springs, he was a referee for wrestling, and I was treasurer of the club.

I love the younger kids we have working here. They're so good. They're mature, most of them.

I am so not a morning person.

We like to go camping and boating. Back in Rock Springs, we had the Flaming Gorge. After I went to Elk­head (Resevoir), I was like, 'I miss the big lake.' Elkhead's really not that big. Flaming Gorge is in two states.

My husband took me to Orlando for Valentine's Day last year. We went to Universal Studios and got tattooed at Hart & Huntington.

I just like tattoos. I like elegant tattoos.

This is an iris and a vine because that was my grandparents' favorite flower. I was close with them, and they were really into gardening. I am, too, but I just don't really have time anymore. The tattoo reminds me of going outside and weeding with them.

All I do is work. Sometimes I do wish I worked less, but I really enjoy it. I pretty much just work when I'm needed.

It's slowing down now that Christmas is over, thank God.

I love to travel. I've always wanted to go to Rome. And New York — for the shopping.

Don't just get a tattoo to get one. Take your time and think about what you want and get something that means something to you. It's forever.

My thing is just to live life to the fullest every day. We had a friend die very young, and it just makes you think. He was 26, and that's way too young. You just have to make the most of every day."

— Interview by Nicole Inglis

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