How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I was 18 when I got my first tattoo. It is a pink muffin playing air guitar with Pink Floyd lyrics around it, on my lower right side.
What is your employment status/occupation and do your tattoos effect it?
I am unemployed, but I've had issues in the past with my tattoos in the workforce.
What is your favorite piece? What is the meaning behind it?
Its really hard to pick a favorite tattoo. I can assume any tattooed person would find it just as difficult. I'll go with one that has a lot of meaning. On my right forearm, I have a small purple goat. Yes, a goat. My father passed away almost four years ago, and I always used to call him my "G.O.A.T. Dad", which stands for "greatest of all time" Dad. So in memory of him, I got a goat! Everyone thinks I have a goat fetish. ;P
Do you have a favorite artist who you go back to or do you collect different artists work? Why?
Three out of four of my tattoos are by the same artist. He is from my hometown, and learned how to tattoo by tattooing himself. I trust him because I know he does fantastic work and he really loves and cares for all the tattoos he does.
Have you faced any specific discrimination due to being tattooed?
During my many years of working, I've been forced to completely cover up and tattoos and piercings, as well as my stretched lobes. I would be forced to wear long sleeve shirts to cover my goat tattoo, long pants to cover my ankle tattoo, and definitely not any spaghetti straps, because then my back tattoo as well as my muffin tattoo would be exposed. During interviews, they would ask me if I had tattoos and I would say yes and where they were located, and the looks on their faces made my stomach turn. I probably was denied many jobs because of my ink. I wore a long sleeve shirt to work one day, and the back of my shirt slid down so my Beatles tattoo was exposed, and the boss came in and told me to adjust myself and to make sure they stay hidden, he doesn't want me "scaring our customers."
Any other comments?
I plan to get MANY more tattoos. Getting tattooed isn't just to be different or say "fight the man!" it's expressing who you are to other people. Some people do it through music, painting, writing, tattooed people do it through decorating themselves with things that interest them or have meaning. People always ask "Aren't you going to regret getting a tattoo of a muffin when you're 80?" Never. I might look back in 20 years and think gosh that was such a stupid and rushed idea, but I'll always have a memory, right there on my body, of the person I used to be when I was 18 years old. It's like a scrapbook that I can never lose.
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