Sunday, 9 December 2012

Inked & Awesome - Lottie L'Amour

Name: Lottie L'Amour
Age: 25
How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I was naughty and had my first tattoo with my best friend on a whim at the tender age of 15. I went to a tattoo artist that we knew didn't really check for I.D. - so I won't name them! We got a Chinese symbol for our birth year (Tiger) on our stomachs, because we thought it would hurt less. It was a terrible mistake, but set me up for a life of knowing what I want and thinking it through before I did it. I learn from mistakes!
What is your employment status/occupation and do your tattoos effect it?
I'm full time employed, and have been for the past 6 years, at E.ON as a Fulfilment Designer. I work in a big office, I've been a manager and I've flown through the ranks to get to where I am now. I'm lucky enough to have an employer who sees me for my talents, not for my body art. There are big area managers who are covered in tattoos, so I feel secure where I am.

What is your favorite piece? What is the story behind it?
My favorite piece is a bit hard to call! I adore my chest tattoo, but my most recent tattoo, an ode to City and Colour, has to be my favorite  City and Colour are my favorite band, and this tattoo is the second of my tributes to this band. Its for the song "Sensible Heart" - my Uncle passed away 3 years ago, and this song got me through that time. Although my emotions were running high, my heart remained sensible, and this tattoo reminds me of that.
Do you have a favorite artist who you go back to or do you collect different artists work? Why?
The person who has done the majority of my tattoos has been an artist called Jay, who tattooed from Bodycraft in Nottingham. He's since moved back to Ireland, so I've been to his protege Craig Staples, from Bodycraft Raw in Nottingham. I adore that his work is so bright and colourful, with the elements of old school Americana tattooing that I just love - and it helps that he's funny and adorable so he puts you at ease!

Have you faced any specific discrimination due to being tattooed?
I've been really lucky with the discrimination front. Aside from the odd look on the train from commuters, a stare from a passerby on the street, I've been quite lucky. I think people are more and more accepting of people's cultures and life choices. I do think it's partly to do with where I live - my city is alternative and you see pretty much everyone has a tattoo, and a few have more than one. In smaller towns, I tend to stand out a tad more! My girlfriend thinks I stand out in some areas of London too, but I guess I haven't noticed!

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