Pretty, Please… With a Cherry on Top

Posted on: April 6 2010
 

Pretty, Please… With a Cherry on Top photo

Pretty, Please… With a Cherry on Top Model Cherokee Meade Redefines Classic Beauty

Beauty and tattoos have something in common: They are both only skin deep. They also have something else in common when viewed in the pictorial context of scarlet-haired raven and model Cherokee Meade: They become the perfect amalgamation of style and substance, and this perfect marriage helps to define the essence of this beautiful stranger. Peel back the layers of the skin and the ink is still there, still visible. Peel back the layers of Cherry, as her childhood friends have nicknamed her, and the beauty is still there as well, proving the timeless “skin deep” adage to be true. Although the phrase itself is cliché and mundane, the model, known to the world as “Cherry Dollface,” is quite the opposite…..

Bubbly, sweet, and steadfast in her morals and beliefs, this one-of-a-kind siren is the most down-to-earth person you could ever hope to meet. She’s much more “girl-next-door” than she is Suicide Girl, in fact, Cherry made her mark without doing nude or lingerie modeling. “I got to where I am just by being myself. You have to think about the future and what you’re going to be able to look back on and be proud of. Morals are something that you just can’t let go of,” Cherry explains when pressed about giving advice to aspiring models.

Pretty, Please… With a Cherry on Top photo

So how did Cherry get to the cover girl status she enjoys today? Well, by having an amazing sense of who she is, for starters. This self-awareness led to her first modeling experience and her first cover honor—by accident. “I used to go to car shows a lot since I had an old car. I was just sitting in it, and a photographer took a picture of me without my knowledge and it ended up on the cover of a magazine,” she describes with a laugh.

Beyond Cherry’s relaxed and comfortable demeanor, that photographer was undoubtedly captivated by Cherry’s pristine face, one that harkens back to the glory days of old Hollywood glamour and style. Being cut from that cloth has helped her sky-rocket in the pin-up world, though she refuses to be pigeon-holed within the genre. “Pin-up is not a career; most pin-up models have a day job. It’s very hard to make a living off of it. There are probably two or three tops who can do that. For me, I want to do something different and push the boundaries,” she says. Her cutting edge shoots with zany photographer Andy Hartmark have done just that, as they exude a new definition of artistic beauty while diversifying her already impressive portfolio.

Cherry has also tasted success thanks to her unparalleled zest for life, something that also struck the young model by chance. “I have had two heart surgeries, and in my first, I flat-lined for 20 seconds, so I have the image of the flat-line tattooed on my wrist,” she explains. The experience helped her to prioritize her dreams, which are much more rooted in reality than they are in the surreal world of tattoo art. “I want to be a mom and have a family and a husband,” she says, smiling through her words.This aspiring mother laughs when she remembers the way she chose to disclose her heavily tattooed body to her own mother as a 19-year-old. “I kept putting it off until one night I got super drunk and decided to send my mom an email and put it all out on the line. I woke up the next morning to a phone call and her screaming at the top of her lungs!”While she can laugh about it now, Cherry warns young people to be wary of all the baggage and attention that comes along with being heavily tattooed, stressing that the commitment can sometimes be overwhelming. “I never want to get my hands or my neck done, I like to be able to cover mine if I have to,” she says, adding, “I just have an old-school perspective on it. I’m all for people expressing themselves but there’s something kind of off-putting about a person who has a neck or hand tattoo and doesn’t have any other tattoos on the rest of their body.”Her mom has since warmed up to the idea of her daughter having so many tattoos, thanks in part to the mainstream’s sudden acceptance of tattoo art, a trend that Cherry has “mixed feelings” about. She is quick to point out that her tattoos initially helped her get modeling work as she stood out from many of the all-American types, but now times have changed. “Now I’m such a cliché, ‘the heavily tattooed pin up model.’ It’s strange how in five or six years, everything has changed,” she laments.

Pretty, Please… With a Cherry on Top photo

Cherry can rest assured that she has nothing to worry about, as her timeless beauty, humble attitude, and willingness to push the boundaries of her modeling career will undoubtedly keep her ahead of the pack. She credits many influences with opening her eyes and mind to what art can and should be about, including Sabina Kelly and David LaChappelle. She also acknowledges the group of amazing tattooists that she has worked with over the years. Damon, Jeffery Page, and Taku over at True Tattoo in Hollywood, Eno from Guru in San Diego, and Oliver Peck, whom Cherry worked with on the Warped Tour, have all contributed to her appreciation for tattoo art.

The young girl who began her tattoo career with a cherry on her chest has certainly paid her dues, well beyond rain-soaked evening-gown photo shoots and accidental cover placements. As her playful brown eyes glance into the future, she insists that she takes success in modeling with a grain of salt.“For me, modeling has always been about having fun. If it’s not fun, I don’t want to do it, so I’ll only keep doing it as long as I’m pushing myself and having fun. Once that ends, it ends, y’know? Things start wrinkling and things start sagging, and I want to have a family someday. I also have a day job and a degree, so I take modeling for what it’s worth.”

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19 Responses so far
  1. stefanie Said,

    I loved the article on Cherry.She is so cute and the photography was awsome!

    Posted on May 16th, 2010 at 12:57 am

  2. Ammity Said,

    Cherry Dollface is very beautiful…and intimidating.

    Posted on May 19th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

  3. madness Said,

    Does anyone know what designer(s) her outfit was done by?

    Posted on May 22nd, 2010 at 12:33 am

  4. Alton Bryant Said,

    I loved the article on Cherry.She is so cute and the photography was awsome!
    +1

    Posted on May 23rd, 2010 at 5:25 pm

  5. Kaley Chelle Said,

    The article was beautifully written!! This is definitely one of my new favorite magazines… will be subscribing when it’s available. Stunning pictures too! xx

    Posted on May 25th, 2010 at 2:41 am

  6. Justin Kennedy Said,

    Flippin’ breathtaking. I just walked past the magazine rack at work and BOOM at the corner of my eye. Its never happenend before and I am impressed. I bought the magazine and just was blown away. All Im sayin.

    Posted on May 30th, 2010 at 5:20 am

  7. Katie Wichael Said,

    This is such a great new magazine & well worth the price! Cherry Dollface is like my new fav person in the whole world & Andy Hartmarks photography is so totally rad! I happened to c this while in a convenience store & had just stopped to go to the bathroom! So glad I did!

    Posted on May 30th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

  8. Hippy Sam Said,

    That lil lady is beautiful! Great article, great pics, great all around.

    Posted on June 3rd, 2010 at 2:47 pm

  9. Carla Marie Said,

    Cherry’s style in itself is inspirational. Stunning photography and scenes.
    :D In awe. <3 <3

    Posted on June 19th, 2010 at 12:23 am

  10. sour ground Said,

    ya, this is a great mag. the pic’s and the layout are rad!!! please keep pumping
    this mag out!! finely some cool shit has come my way!!! thanks
    sour ground!

    Posted on June 19th, 2010 at 2:02 am

  11. perfectly flawed Said,

    stopped at a gas station to pee saw this and had to have it!!!!!!!
    who is the designer on her outfit I love it!!!! and would like to purchase one.
    mag rox when’s the next issue coming?

    Posted on July 2nd, 2010 at 5:39 am

  12. TheWicked Jay Said,

    Love the magazine :) defiinately gives younger girls like me that have just started getting tattooed something to aspire to. Cherry is gorgeous <3 can't wait till the next issue

    Posted on July 7th, 2010 at 7:07 am

  13. ben Said,

    cherrys shoot is so dope, love the magazine cant wait to be a subscriber!

    Posted on July 8th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

  14. Monkey Said,

    Cherry has the greatest outlook on life that i could have ever thought of. i saw the mag in the local kum and go and just had to have it. now, she’s my dream girl… txt? 7202725347
    =P

    Posted on July 20th, 2010 at 8:58 am

  15. Mac2483 Said,

    Cherry dollface is a woman for the new age. Setting a new bar for what Bueaty is, and how it should be seen. This new age we are heading into is unknown, but girls like Cherry are out in front. Jumping in to the unknown and making it her own.

    Posted on July 30th, 2010 at 7:29 am

  16. Cherry Dollface Said,

    Hey guys! Thanks for all of the kind comments. The corset was made by Raggare Custom Corsets. The hat was by Creepsuela Switchletto. And I put the rest of the outfit together from my closet. :)

    Posted on August 1st, 2010 at 7:50 pm

  17. (e) Said,

    hay cherry nice pics especially the one with the huge bush behind you it looks like somthing out of alice in wonderland lol i really love your issue and hope to see more from you your awesome

    Posted on August 10th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

  18. star Said,

    I want a copy of this issue, if anyone has one or knows where to get one. please email me. star__flakes@hotmail.com (2 underscores).

    Posted on April 28th, 2012 at 3:32 am

  19. Banner Broker Said,

    Perfect just what I was looking for!

    Posted on April 28th, 2012 at 3:50 am

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