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How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
to represent the independance and the life struggles I'd had to face (cheesy I know). I started doodling them in college for no apparent reason then researched the meanings behind swallow tattoos and decided it was definitely suited! I decided to have it on my lower back as it represents, to me, not needing anyone to 'have my back' but me. Together myself and the tattooist, despite the small size, took over an hour drawing it up. He shaded it in greyscale freehand. I love it!
I am qualified in AAT Accountancy and Finance. I worked in the NHS for two years as an accounts assistant doing an apprenticeship. to study the AAT. I now work as both a bookkeeper and administrator for a local established firm of Independant Financial Advisers with the prospect of soon beginning to train to be one. I have a small decorative lily tattoo on my left hand to represent strength and beauty which I also had at 17, on a slight whim. It is noticeable but I have found it's not really one of the first things people notice about me. My now boss said he noticed it at my secondary interview for the job but it didn't put him off at all. To be honest I have only ever had positive comments about it! That may just be my experience (and people might think differently behind my back, but hey) however in general I do think tattoos are more excepted these days.
My favourite piece is the swallow on my back. I have already explained the meaning above but I also had the latin phrase "Alis Volat Propriis" in scroll added when I was 18. It means 'She Flys With Her Own Wings" which again ties in with the independance and determination theme. I am also planning to make another addition this year. A simple design of blossom stretching away from the swallow at the centre and trailing onto my hips / side to represent further growth as a person, achievements and how bad things can always turn into something good.
I have and still do love all my work which is ideal as it's on me permanantly! I have now been inked by three different artists, a new one each time for various reasons. The first by my cousin's partner who later quit after belittlement from his 'boss' which is a shame as he is still not tattooing to this day and he is a talented artist. I was actually booked in with him again for my lily on my hand but he downed tools a week before and when I arrived the said boss did the piece. I do like this tattoo but I have a small regret of going ahead with this artist when I knew so little about him. He's a great artist, no discredit to his ability, but his attitude stank! So unprofessional, he huffed and puffed throughout the 8 minute session and moaned he didn't like 'little insignificant' pieces. I'll be the judge of what's insignificant, thanks! It's my body and I'm paying you! So it's no surprise I avoided that studio like the plaugue when I had my third ink session. I went to an amazing artist who has been in business for over 35 years and worked internationally, for the scroll underneath the swallow. He is covered in tattoos and looks like a right hardman (no offence) but is lovely as pie. Made me feel very welcome and I am happy to say I enjoyed every minute of it. I have recommended him loads ever since and will be returning for my blossom addition no doubt.
I have never had discrimination from friends or the public. Random strangers have stopped me to compliment the one on my hand, commonly the only one on show, but also my back piece when on the beach etc. This may surpise you but the only discrimination I have received is directly from my boyfriend of going on 4 years! When I first got inked we had been together about 10 months. He didn't talk to me for a week. He refused to cuddle me. Told me it was disgusting. You name it. Least to say there was no 'bedroom action' for a month. I was quite shocked and hurt at this reaction. You may ask, why am I still with him?! Well, everyone is entitled to their opinion and after a short split for other reasons, he had time to think and realised his true feelings for me. As for the tattoos, he has gotten used to it and accepts me for who I am now, ink and all. He has even admitted he quite likes my bodyart now. We are happily loved up, I am pleased to report!
Any other comments?
Think I have rambled on a bit. If I have one piece of advice - don't underestimate it. I ignored the claims of "you'll want more and more" as I was so sure about what I wanted and how it would effect my life. However...it's addictive! You have been warned! Don't be put off though, just really do your research and you'll be fine :)
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