Maybe not specifically. Wait, yeah, My dad. I would have to thank my dad. He is just awesome. I wouldn't be who I am and wouldn't be anywhere with my dad. He is just a fantastic human being. He gave me life, he gave me support, and he gave me money. All the things you really need in life.

So, final question, Would you like to thank anybody?

I am not ashamed of very much. HMMM... What's the funniest embarassing thing I can think of... I can go a month without washing my hair. Most people should be embarassed by that. I should be pretty gross, its just a fact of life for me. Put that down. In fact I hate showers. Period. That should also be embarassing. I avoid bathing as much as I possibly can. I just find it horrible and invasive. I just feel violated and scraped. The nakedness is awful. Yeah. Bathing sucks. I really am just a dog. It's true.

What's the most embarassing thing you are willing to admit?

That's interesting because the last week or two i have been experiencing mentouring somebody. It has been a very successful experience.I would tell them, Well, first I would have to ask questions. Like What are your goals as you are making art. So, that depends on the answer. You know, like if you wanna learn how to paint pretty still lifes they are plenty of steps you have to take. If you wanna feel better about yourself because you are painting or if you wanna learn how to layer color or talk about feelings or something light, I could give you advice there. If you wanna do still lifes we should look at a book together, I can do that too. There are lots of different formulas. That's a hard question. I can't really answer that question. I depends on what the person wants. Can I say that? Like follow your instincts. They aren't mistakes. You can't be afraid to throw shit away.

What advice would you give someone just starting out as an artist?

Probably beer. More often beer. Yep.
 What's your favorite kind of beer? Like whats your go to?
Blue Moon. First thing I would drink or an IPA. If its winter time then STOUT. Another question where it totally depends on my mood. It really does.

Here are the couple fun questions, What is something you would like me to ask the next person I interview?

That's interesting because the last week or two i have been experiencing mentouring somebody. It has been a very successful experience.I would tell them, Well, first I would have to ask questions. Like What are your goals as you are making art. So, that depends on the answer. You know, like if you wanna learn how to paint pretty still lifes they are plenty of steps you have to take. If you wanna feel better about yourself because you are painting or if you wanna learn how to layer color or talk about feelings or something light, I could give you advice there. If you wanna do still lifes we should look at a book together, I can do that too. There are lots of different formulas. That's a hard question. I can't really answer that question. I depends on what the person wants. Can I say that? Like follow your instincts. They aren't mistakes. You can't be afraid to throw shit away.

What advice would you give someone just starting out as an artist?

Nope. Not a one.
  You haven't covered any up or anything?
I have added to some. But thats because I knew they weren't finished to begin with. A lot of my tattoos have been place holders for other things later. Kinda Like a sketch. Like I know what I am going to do with this later. Stick this here, and stick that there and eventually it will get taken care of. So, no. I can't think of a one. Wait, I take that back. I tattooed these couple little lines myself. I decided to just carve into myself with
a razor one day and put bic pen ink to see what would happen. That's what happened, its still kinda there. I don't know why, so maybe I regret that. I don't think that really counts. I am kinda proud of the fact that I never got a tattoo gun. I would have destroyed my skin. No doubt.
 
I always hear tattoo artists saying, "its a good thing I have thighs. No one will ever see my practice spots."
 I don't have enough flesh for that. I already wish I was fatter so I could have more room for tattoos. I am going to run out of canvas more than the average person. Its kinda sad.


That is also really subjective. Lets look in my phone here and see what I have with me. I recently lost all of my music. I tend to love THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS. Which is something that is sort of shameful. I can pick an individual song from them. Let me think here... I like rediculous music. I also have a lot of honky tonk nonsense. Okay. we can say ROLLIE POLLIE by ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. No one is even going to know who the fuck that is but if you do you know it is something to be ashamed of.
Wait, I have an answer for my most significant accomplishment. I am really proud of the fact I never subscribed to other peoples definitions of what other people thought I should do with my life. I was always a high achieving acadamian. They expected me to go to college and blah blah blah. I did go to college for a really long time. But, I was never able to do
or commit to anything besides art. Just the abstract idea of living and creating and I guess energy moving around lifestyle, if that makes any sense. Like I take people's energies and thats what art is about. Its about seeing things and translating things for other people. Thats the only thing I can commit to in life. I was supposed to a million different things and I finally found my own nitch I can work in both artistically and economically so I can make money. I found my true path and I didn't listen to society telling me to do other wise. That's what I am most proud of because that was a hard thing to do. Not to listen to everybody and my own logic too. It didn't make sense that I really did the right thing. It just took me a while to get here and realize that fact.

Oh my God.... Damn... That's a really difficult question. Its a really subjective question. I'm not sure I define accomplishment like a normal human being. I am going to eat a little more potato and think on that for a second. I do like the bacon salt. It actually works extremely well. Its got kind of a pulverized bacon bits... Accomplishments... I'm thinking here. I hate those kind of questions. I haven't accomplished jack shit. But, I have also totally not killed myself. Which is completely an accomplishment because life is evil. Damn. I am going to think about it. lets come back to that question..

AH. I bet I do. Not my first experience with bacon but, I remember the first time, Maybe it is the first. I like the fatty part of bacon. The fat on the side most people find disgusting. It is my absolute favorite part. I love bacon fat. I remember having this conversation with someone when I couldn't havve been more than four or five and talking to one of my little cousins about how gross that was and how much I loved it. I couldn't explain why I loved it. Its also the first time I remember being told I was weird or thinking that I was really strange. It was my first "i like something that someone doesn't like and thats okay" moments. When you want to be like everyone else, but then I was like, "Fuck you. its not gross. the white part is the best part of bacon"  

Do you remember your first experience with bacon?

What are your thoughts on the local art or music scene?  

I stopped going by Rachel and going by Rocky pretty much everywhere a couple years ago. So, I guess I'm Rocky Rachel. Rachel doesn't feel like my real name. It never did. I feel like I am sneezing or wretching whenever I say it. I don't identify it as being myself.

Trick question. Because I don't believe in Altruism. So,I have to say I live for myself. I would like to think I live for other people, but it always comes back to self gratification.


It would have to be in some other country, since money is no object. Travel somewhere and eat some amazing bacon. Mr. BACON AFICIONADO, where would I go to eat some amazing bacon? where is known for bacon? Probably somewhere in America...
 
I would think somewhere in the midwest. One of the most incredible bacon dishes I have heard of is WILD BOAR BACON. Once you eat wild boar bacon you never want regular pork bacon again.
I would believe that. Any wild creature. Okay, I am going to take your advice and go somewhere in the midwest and find some WILD BOAR BACON.
 Actually, there is a restaurant in California named the LIDO DECK. They are known for their WILD BOAR BACON.
Wait, then I am totally going there. I am from San Francisco anyway. There is my answer. I would like to go somewhere and try a bunch of different kinds of bacon.
 
Like I get that, turkey bacon is good. Beef bacon is interesting.

Money is no object, what is your dream bacon meal?

Do you live for yourself or do you live for others?

My career is really lame because I think art is way more important and art is part of my family life. It literally lives in the kitchen and living room with us at all times. I don't know if I just balance or integrate and they go off of each other. You know, My art goes off of what ever career I am doing. I rearrange stuff. I can't seperate the two.

I don't think I have anything on display anywhere. I think I still have a piece up in NOREENE'S TATTOO SHOP down at Central and Broadway. I used to show things around town, a little bit, not very often though. I am still really bad about it. The best place to see things, I guess, is online. I have some stuff on FINE ART AMERICA and I am working on doing more stuff there right now. I am finally going to do an ETSY shop soon. I have been selling a lot, for me, art this month.
 
How do we find you on FINE ART AMERICA?
I think its just ROCKY RACHEL GILES. I will have to double check and let you know.

Ask them if they have any irrational phobias.

What do you think of the twice baked potato with bacon salt?

What are your goals as an artist?

If you could ask anyone through out history, Alive or Dead, a question, who would it be and what is the question?

So, where did you go to college?

Do you have any tattoos you regret?

If you could see any band ever, who would it be?

I think I would have to go back and see NIRVANA. Because I didn't notice NIRVANA until right after KURT COBAIN killed himself. Like literally the next month. I know that is really adolescent of me, but that is my first answer. There is probably a million other ones too. But, we will say that.
 
You know oddly enough, just a coincedence, when I asked ORANGUBANG who he would ask a question to, he said he would ask KURT COBAIN who shot him.
HAHA that is interesting. How funny, I guess we are all about the same age aren't we?
 
I think we are all roughly between 28 and 35 or so.
It's interesting I had to get to this age to find people I like in our generation. Like finding people I can get along with and hang out with in a five year ago range. Suddenly I have all these people that I am used to. It's interesting. I like us more than I thought I did.

It's totally saved me. That's an easy one. If it wasn't for the local music and art scene A: I would be really bored. Even though I don't go out much. But, the fact that it exists is really comforting. I think its kind of pathetic and lame. But, I'm glad we have it. The individuals in it have stepped up and helped me in a million, jillion ways to help me out. The biggest one was after my fire. People I didn't even know pulled together and threw art, money, and resources at me after I lost everything. That's just huge. It validated what I did in the world mattered to people that didn't even know me, but I know I did it and it counted for something. They definitely made me find myself again and I went back to a place before the house had burned and an even stronger place than when I was younger.

I would have to say probably no. I am so not organized anymore. So, yeah, no.


What is your most significant accomplishment?

What is your stage name or artist name?

Well, that was fun. I have never been interviewed before and apparently the world is paying attention. My neighbor called me this morning and wish me luck. I was like, "wow, thanks, you are noticing my posts on facebook." I have a fan in my neighbor. You have a fan in my neighbor now. We are touching people.  

Because I am a mother, I am proud of my child. I'm proud of my friends. I'm proud of my character. Sometimes I am proud of my art, not usually.

What are you proud of?

I probably don't remember the CRAZIEST thing I have done on tequila, but the craziest tequila related thing I remember is the night I decided to get drunk by only drink it by myself. Like there were other people in the apartment with me. I don't remember how many shots I took, it couldn't have been much, because I'm me. I remember crying in my friend Mike's lap and we had all these other people around playing some card game. I was just like sitting on the floor with my head in his lap just crying because I felt so bad and it was so stupid. I had totally planned to do this to myself but, thats all I can remember. It was awful. I was retarded. I think I was like 20.
  These cookies should have eiher rock salt or big chunky sugar on top of them. That's my critique about these. Otherwise, these are great. Just needs something more textual on top. Maybe, salt and sugar mixed together. I love sugar cookies and I love bacon. I could probably eat more of these than I should.

ORANGUBANG asks, what is the craziest thing you have ever done on tequila?

How do you balance your art life and career/family life?

So, where can we find your art? are you going to be set up anywhere soon?

Beer or Whiskey?

 I like it. I love the bacon salt. I would use it for everything

 No. But, they shift and they change. There are always songs I love a lot. Probably, again, things people have never heard of. A song by the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND called "Rippling Waters" that I love so, so much. It reminds me of home. There are EMINEM songs I will love forever. "My Dad's Gone Crazy" by EMINEM is by far the best song in the entire world. Everytime I listen to that song, it makes me really happy. Let's say that is my favorite song. That's fair.

To connect people to each other on a fundamental, like emotional way. Whether or not you're trying to interpret or put out there. If someone looks at what you did and has some kind of connection. That's kind of my goal. Realize we are all the same.

That is one of those questions too. There are always 8 million answers to that question. Like what mood am I in? How angry am I right now? Ummm... Golly gee... I might ask why people started breeding teeny tiny dogs. I guess I know the answer to that. Let me stew on that. Let's come back to that one too..

Do you have a favorite song?


I went to college on a scholarship at 18 with a year old baby. I graduated high school a year early when I was pregnant with Mason. I got a full ride scholarship to any college in the state because of my GPA. So, I chose NAU. I went there for a year as an elementary education major with library science as a minor. I realized really quickly I didn't have the heart to be a teacher. Because I was going to burn out and be a bad teacher. I am never going to be a bad anything I do. If I'm not awesome I'm not going to fuckin do it. So, then I went to college for nursing, biology, horticulture, physical therapy, engineering, for like 34 seconds, and finally landed at Cosmetology school and got my license. That was a really good marriage of being creative and moving around, being able to deal with people. It is all the stuff I like to do. Helping people, its huge. Making people feel better about themselves. Cosmotology married all those things. I am glad a persevered through all that "College" to go to not real College at all and finish to find something that agrees with my heart.
  
Which school was it?
Regency Beauty Institute. Over by Fiesta Mall.

My aunt used to make a 7 layer salad with bacon in it that was amazing. I really love the trend of salted carmel stuff with bacon. Bacon on sweet things is amazing. I didn't think it would be, but its good. OOOh. BLTs. Totally classic, but thats just mmmm. My other first experience with bacon. My mom made me a BLT, and I was like, "what is this thing? I can have a sandwich with just bacon? like bacon is the thing in my sandwich??" That's amazing! Why did I never have this before??

What is the most embarassing song in your library? In your Ipod or whatever?

Do you have a favorite Bacon Dish or Recipe?

I lived in Flagstaff for a year. I have never moved out of state for any amount of time. I have travelled some. I went to Germany for a little while. I have mostly just been here. My parents grew up here too. My grandparents have been here since the 20s. So, I come from a long line of Desert rats.

Now, You are from Arizona correct? So, you have been here your whole life? you have never moved anywhere else?

Are you a member of any group or organization?

So, the interview with Rocky was a little different than the interviews I  have done before. I wanted to touch every aspect of the bacon world and not just eat local bacon dishes but try national chains and frozen products. So, I had Rocky over to try three different products. Store bought twice baked potatoes, J + D'S BACON SALT, and Betty Crocker Sugar cookies with candied turkey bacon.