Name: Dana Mullins
How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I first decided I wanted a tattoo when I was around 23/24, after a lot thinking and researching ideas I settled on the cherry blossom tree branch running across of the top of my back. The flowers were done first, my second sitting was the butterflies and then the branch was put in last.
After about a year I decided on bringing the branch into a tree running the right hand side of my back and when I found a beautiful image of a Geisha I knew she needed to be involved also. I liked the idea how my Geisha was quite plain and simple rather than all made up massive hair and a lot of stage makeup. We decided to sit the Geisha at the pond, she is holding a lotus, there is a pagoda tower in the back and 3 small gold fish under the water.
What is your employment status/occupation and do your tattoos effect it?
I work in a office, my tattoo has never effected my job.
What is your favourite piece? What is the meaning behind it?
I really only have the one piece, it’s just a massive one! I have always like Asian tattoo designs, I never knew my tattoo would grow so big in the beginning but I always knew I would want something colourful and feminine not like a big dragon or Japanese warrior chopping its head off! I decided to get a geisha as she symbolises beauty and mystery.
Do you have a favourite artist who you go back to or do you collect different artists work? Why?
My back Piece was done by Shaun Pattinson from Borderline Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Berwick upon Tweed ( www.borderlinetattooing.co.uk) Shaun has been tattooing for 30 years and is a well known respected artist throughout the UK. People come from all over for Shaun to design and create one unique pieces. I always said I would not let anyone else tattoo my skin other than Shaun but in future I may book an appointment with his wife Kerry or his son Chavez who are also brilliant.
Have you faced any specific discrimination due to being tattooed?
I have never had any negative comments about my tattoo, I hid my tattoo from my mother for many years until she seen it by accident. She was shocked but liked it as its girly and suited me apparently! A friend once commented that how my going to hide it when I’m 80 and my skin is all saggy and flapping around, but to be fair I have never seen Granny Mullins’s back before, it’s not like on her Saturday trip to the hair dressers she wears a halter neck top!
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