“The tattoo says, ‘Each of my teeth is a murdered king.’ It was a joke my boyfriend said because whenever your teeth die they get crowns put on them. David died six months ago and that joke was one of the first things I read that he wrote. It made me laugh and had to get it on my body, even if no one else gets the joke. He would have been 25 this year. He felt fine one day, the next day his body shut down. I also have a ghost tattoo because he is always with me. We dated for six years and were going to get married. He died in April and everything fell to the ground. I make art, and that has gotten me through this. He was an artist and brought me to where I am now. He lives inside me. We met working at Mellow Mushroom. We knew we met in a previous life and fell in love immediately. We moved to Arizona together because we had a friend in Tucson who said we could stay out there for a few weeks. We bought one-way tickets, packed three pairs of clothes, and lived there for a year. I am so glad we did that. I am taking a smaller step like that because I want to move to Mobile and spend more time on art. I feel like I belong here. I also sell vintage stuff on the side. I make curtains, paint, draw, weave, sculpt, and make jewelry.
There is a Leonard Cohen song that says, ‘You have to have cracks because that is how the light gets in,’ and that describes me. My name is Theora. The name came from a dream when I was five and I named myself. I was adopted and never felt a connection to my first name, Lee Ann. I have Greek in my blood and had a dream that a Greek lady called me Theora because that was my name. It stuck.”