How a North Idaho artist fell in love with nerd culture and found her path to success
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How a North Idaho artist fell in love with nerd culture and found her path to success

P erhaps it started with a trip to Hollywood Video in the the ’90s. A young, Disney Princess-loving girl from Coeur d’Alene discovered the consuming and entrancing 16-bit world of Final Fantasy III in the rental store. Inside the game’s case was a guide book filled with mystifying illustrations by Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano. "I remember seeing those and it just blew my mind. I was 8 years old and not ready for that," says Alli White, now living in the rural space between Post Falls and Rathdrum. "The first time I ever saw anything like it, just that feeling of seeing Amano’s artwork and that feeling of seeing Final Fantasy III ‘s opening scene — it was like nothing I had ever seen, ever." Though her influences are many, White, now 29 and an illustrator herself, counts this particular trip to Hollywood Video as a defining moment in her life and career. From that moment stemmed an obsessive and unabashed relationship with anime throughout her adolescence, an unsuccessful stint in art school and, ultimately, a lucrative career as a freelance artist who goes by the name Skirtzzz. " Sailor Moon , Pokemon , Digimon , Yugioh happened. I […]

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