Easier said than done. Former WEC ring girl and now Octagon girl for the UFC, Brittney Palmer would like it if you wouldn’t just consider her as a pretty face holding the round number sign between rounds. Palmer has other skill-sets that she shows off on her official site BrittneyPalmer.com. Palmer is a canvas painting artist and guitarist that is fueled by classic rocks like Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. Check out some of her work below.
“I’ve always been very right-brained, and my mom always knew I’d do something creative. Right out of high school, I started dancing professionally in a burlesque show, and a magic show, and putting all my focus on a dancing career. I was focusing on making money and working for the WEC, and I just started painting. I did some in high school, but I never took it seriously.”
“People stereotype MMA fans as a certain kind. I don’t think that they are. These people see my art, and they give input on it, and the fans are so smart. They just haven’t been introduced to art. The art that I’m going to sell is going to be in the budget of the regular person who enjoys art but can’t spend $10K-$15K on a painting. My paintings go for $50-$450, or I can do custom for $1,000.”
“My biggest painting was Muhammad Ali, and that’s because Dana White loves Muhammad Ali. That’s one of the first paintings I did, and I gave it to Dana for being such a rad boss.”
“I can look at a sky and paint it, but I want to know how to paint it and know which brushes and strokes to use. Learning art is just like learning fighting. There’s so many steps and levels. You can’t just pick it up overnight.”
“I’m doing an entire calendar based on the ’60s and ’70s, very natural, hippie hair, a really cool guitar, some of my artwork. I want it to be for girls, too. Some of the fans — I hate calling them fans. I feel like such a dork. I call them band-aids or something — but the girls like that I’m curvy. If you can get the girls on your side, that’s great. The guys are easy. I want girls to hang it up, and I think it’s cool that I get as much of a response from girls.”
“I don’t want to be known as just the hot chick that walks around the ring. I want to be the cool chick who likes to paint rock stars and learns to play guitar.”