I met Malori on my hunt to find a "funky teenager". Malori works at a coffee shop in the downtown market, and her awesome hair caught my attention. So Brent and I went over and struck up a conversation with her.
It started like this: "Hi. Are you a teenager by any chance?"
Yah, maybe I should have introduced myself first. But, after she let me know she was 19 years old, I backtracked and explained who I was and what I was doing in regards to my paintings.
Malori, it turns out, didn't just work at the coffee shop. She owns it. Did I mention that she's 19? She has a shop in Bedford called Parallel Cafe which she opened up when she was just 17. (I didn't even have a bank account when I was 17.)
Malori and I chatted about coffee, life, and tattoos for a while, and then headed out to take some photos. She told me how she was homeschooled growing up and that her dad had owned a few coffee shops at one point or another. "I've loved coffee for a long time. If you love something enough, it's an art."
With her lip and nose rings, half shaved head, and blue streaks in her hair, I asked her about her style as we did our impromptu photoshoot. "Do you consider yourself to dress in a certain style - you know, how some people say they are "goth" or "preppy" or whatever?". (I tried to delve back into my high school art teacher days and remember what kids stereotyped each other as...not sure if anyone is 'preppy' anymore, but it was all I could come up with).
Malori's reply was this:
"No, but one time this guy asked me, 'What are you?'. It's like, everyone is expecting me to have a stereotype. I'm just a person. I'm just me."
I really like that answer. Keep on rockin Malori....
Tomorrow I'll introduce you to Jane.