I'm very excited to present to you my new feature here at 'Once Upon A Time..' - Inked & Awesome!
My aim is to show a vast variety of us tattooed folk and let those who stereotype us see the different careers we have and that our ink [be it a little or alot] should not/does not effect our capabilities, nor does it mean we are intimidating etc...! Enjoy.
Name: Danielle Eskdale
Website: Here, here, and of course here!!
How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I was 18 (although I tried to get tattooed before that without success with no ID!) , it was at the Hype studio, Newcastle and was the smallest, most pathetic two hearts ever on my left wrist which are now thankfully covered!
What is your employment status/occupation and do your tattoos effect it?
Any regular readers will know I have been (technically) unemployed for over a year now and yes I find my visible tattoos do go against me when apply for jobs. Read more about how it has affected my previous employment here.
As for my photography work it doesn't really effect me but I try to dress appropriately when photographing people and families that do not know me and especially at weddings!
What is your favorite piece? What is the meaning behind it?
Hmm, probably my Disney birds under my collar bones. (See top photo). I got them at a very emotional time in my life when I was spreading my wings and leaving the nest, in search of a new life and happiness for myself. I chose the Disney birds in particular because I'm such a huge Disney fan, they're bright and colorful pretty and make me smile. I can't wait to add to the rest of my chest...! They're by Mark Olczyk of Pure Ink in Newcastle (Upon Tyne, UK).
Do you have a favorite artist who you go back to or do you collect different artists work? Why?
Each of my tattoos have been by a different artist. I don't want my art to all be in one style.
Have you faced any specific discrimination due to being tattooed?
Yes. Loads. Hence my blog/twitter always being bombarded with 'stop discrimination' posts. Just because a person has visible tattoos does not mean we are thuggish, intimidating or irresponsible. Just as I thought being tattooed was becoming more common and acceptable it has been publicized that the army, HMV and the police force among others are not employing people based solely on the fact they have visible tattoos. Madness!
If you haven't already, check out my interview with the worlds most tattooed politician!
If you're interested in appearing in this feature please email your answers to the above questions along with 4/5 photographs including a headshot/full length portrait of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org