FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local aspiring Indigenous tattoo artist, Barbara Reno, has joined the race to become an Inked Magazine Covergirl.

Reno has made it to the second phase of the competition and currently sits in 13th place out of 37 contestants. Voting for the top 10 ends Thursday, February 10th at 8 p.m. MST.

The Grand Prize for the competition is $25K and the opportunity to be the next tatted model on the cover of Inked Magazine.

The 35-year-old says if she were to win, she’d use the prize money to start her own mobile tattooing business called “Anti Barpz Tattooing” and travel from the West Coast to the East Coast.

“I’m very excited and nervous about this whole ordeal, whether I win or lose I would have a chance to get myself out there as well as progress and promote myself as an individual who has faced many struggles and victories alike,” Reno said.

Reno has two years of tattoo experience and says her art is unique, abstract, and influenced by her Indigenous heritage.

Reno is from Prophet River First Nations and has lived in Fort St. John for the last six years.

She’s looking for the support of the community as well as sponsors. To cast your vote, click here.

Those interested in sponsoring Reno on her journey can contact her at 250-261-9521.