After an aggressively unimpressive youth, which did not include a cap and gown ceremony, Cheri joined the US Coast Guard. There she performed the duties of Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement. After her Honorable Discharge from the military, she moved to Hollywood to indulge in all thing Rock and Roll.
See also: Waitress
See also: Bartender
Though her band, Lovedog, never made it big, they opened for everyone who did: T.S.O.L., Guns and Roses, L7, LA Guns, Jane’s Addiction, X, Hole, Descendant’s, ad nauseam. She also wrote for the local magazine LA Rock Review. Then, sadly, the time came to put away the guitar.
See also: Ageism in rock.
See also: Old rock chick.
See also: Preserving dignity.
Cheri moved to Santa Cruz to get serious about her writing. And to keep herself in notebooks and Mirado Black Warrior #2 pencils, because she does it old school, she opened a tattoo studio.
See also: No viable office or computer skills.
See also: No desire to get up early.
It was her visit with psychic Sylvia Brown that put her on the correct writing track.
She wrote the semi- autobiographical play Prey for Rock and Roll, which was produced by FatChance Productions in NYC and ran at the legendary punk club CBGB with Cheri in the lead role of Jacki. The play was then optioned for film rights. The movie starred Gina Gershon, Drea DeMatteo, and Lori Petty. The soundtrack was produced by Stephen Trask of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The movie had it’s world premier at the Sundance Film Festival 2003, and went on to play major film festivals all over the world.
See also: Cheri’s mom is very proud.
See also: Who would have thought?
Hollywood Trash and Tinsel, a mock-umentary short about the making of the feature film, won her the Best Documentary Directorial Debut Award at the New York International Film and Video Festival 2004.
In 2012 she completed her second feature film, All American Gender Outlaw, which she wrote and directed. The film takes an unconventional look at Family, Sex, Gender, Religion, and Love Etiquette… or Lack Thereof.
See also: No movie stars. No budget.
See also: A Truly Independent Film.
Addicts and Infidels, her first book, is a biographical collection of poetry, prose, and lyrics from the last few decades. She got tired of lugging all those notebooks around and finally went thru them, only to discover a book in the making. It is now available on Amazon and Kindle.
Beautiful Gun, her second book, is a work of fiction, a compilation of six short stories that all involve women and guns. It is now available on Amazon and Kindle.
She is currently in production of a documentary entitled: Go Hard or Go Home: The Story of the Devil Dolls MC.
In 2016, after 20 years of successful tattooing, she closed the award winning Lovedog Tattoo Studio in Santa Cruz, and retired. ‘Ish.
She is a parent, a damn fine poker player, craps player, and is not too shabby at black jack.
Her interests include cars she cannot afford, motorcycles she cannot afford, and women she cannot afford.
She is a proud member of the Devil Dolls MC.