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When I first watched the video of tattoo artist, single mom and performer Betsy Badwater from iReporter nehpeebles, it took my breath away. Not only was the video superbly shot and edited, Badwater’s story is a compelling example of the economy’s toll on everyday people.
After being laid off from her job as a mental health professional, Badwater eventually found work as a tattoo artist. She also regularly performs with her band, The Hillbilly Chrome. “I travel to as many places as I can to play songs for people who need to hear what it is to have a hard time,” she said.
We featured the video – which includes Badwater’s song “I Got Fired Today” – on CNN.com, where it garnered a lot of attention. Badwater sent me an e-mail Wednesday saying her online record sales have quadrupled and she’s received plenty of encouragement from fellow musicians.
But perhaps the video’s most outstanding impact is the outpouring of support Badwater has received from single mothers. One called her “our Rosie the Riveter.”
“These women are breaking my heart,” she wrote. “What they saw meant something to them.” Badwater says she’s been inspired to write more songs for women out there struggling like her.
We couldn’t be happier about the response, and wish Badwater all the best. She’s just one of countless people who have been affected by the economy – if you have a story to share, please do.
Mental health professional or tattoo artist.
Rosie the Riveter.I new Rosie in 1944...
Excellent!!!!!!!!!!! Sing that song and sling that ink!
I have been to a few of Betsy's shows and I can tell you first hand how wonderful she is. Beyond wonderful. She is absolutely awesome! If you ever get a chance to see her don't miss it.
Betsy is an incredible talent, her voice and vision are something to behold. I would encourage everyone to take the time and learn more about her and her band, The Hillbilly Chrome at...
So happy to see this on a blog Katie, this girl is something else. I love her music. Thank you.
Betsy, this is great! So love your music and your art! You go girl!
Looking forward to working with you.
Pieces of My Heart