I got a hand-poked tattoo from a Yucca Valley artist. The experience made me want another

A growing group of tattoo artists are using the hand-poke method, in which ink is individually stuck into the skin, dot by dot. 

One of those artists is Taylor Elyse Compton, who gave me a reminder of the light I've found here in the desert – in the land, in the sky and in women like her, leaving an indellible mark on our little corner of the world. Read about it below or online.