Talking to Strangers: Seattle, WA

Nerve asks deeply personal questions to people we just met.

BY Marguerite Kennedy

Rain, 22

Based on your accent, I'm guessing you're from Australia.
Yeah, I live back and forth between here and Australia. I work over there and come over here to live.

What do you do for a living?
I'm a tattoo artist and a singer/songwriter/musician. I do country music in Australia, and here, I rap.

Why do you do one style of music there, and another here?
For contractual reasons. If I do country music here, I have to be labeled as an "international artist," so I just branched off into another style of music.

It seems like the majority of songs ever written — regardless of the genre — are love songs. In your songwriting, how much do you draw from your own experiences in love, dating, and the like?
It depends. My country music tends to be about things like heartbreak, love, relationships. When it comes to rap, it's more about my lifestyle, tattooing, money. You know, females. Everything's very real.

Are you in a relationship?
No, I'm single. It's easier that way!

Musicians have a reputation for dating a lot. Does that apply for you?
[laughs] Yes, I can't lie. Can't lie. I've dated a few people in the Seattle communities.

Do you find the dating scene in Seattle very different than in Australia?
Yes. Here, everything is a lot more compact, less spread out — everyone seems to know everyone... sometimes a little too well!

Have you ever dated anyone you've tattooed?
A lot of people, actually. There's someone in the club right now who I'm "talking to" who I just tattooed today.

Tell me about your last relationship.
Actually, earlier tonight I saw the girl I was with on and off for two years.

Are you and she on good terms?
No, not really. My girlfriend left me for my best friend.

Ouch. I can't imagine which would be harder, losing a partner, or losing your best friend.
Losing the best friend was harder. I didn't really care about the girlfriend.

What are some qualities you look for in a woman?
Independent, friendly, smart... faithful.

Do you have any dealbreakers?
Laziness. I don't like laziness. I like to go out and do things all the time; I don't even watch TV. I need someone who likes to stay busy, not someone who just wants to sit around the house all night.

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