Sunday, 23 June 2013

Inked and Awesome - Jess from Las Vegas.

Name: Jess
Age: 26
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Website: Mocha Fox

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I was 17. Funny story about that one, I was lifeguarding at the time and had just gotten off of work after a long hot day. My ride had forgotten to pick me up and I had accidentally stood in an ant hill so I had bites all over my legs. To say I was in a bad mood would be an understatement. One of my best friends rescued me and to try and cheer me up, she suggested getting tattoos. 

My friends all had a couple already and I wanted one so bad. We went to my friend's brothers shop and I got the Chinese symbol for love on my right hip, I figured something small to start off with would be ideal… Plus I have a huge love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and apparently Sarah Michelle Gellar has the same tattoo in the same place so of course I wanted it.

What is your employment status/occupation and do your tattoos effect it?
Currently I'm self employed so my tattoos and piercings aren't a big deal plus all of my tattoos can be hidden. However when I was lifeguarding, my tattoos were exposed but I would get compliments and curious questions all the time more then I received negative comments. Funnily enough, Vegas has gotten very tattoo friendly over the years. Most of the jobs I've had get more worked up about my nose piercing then my ink. However if you're working on the Strip in say, one of the high end restaurants, then you have to cover up.

What is your favorite piece? What is the meaning behind it?
My favorite piece has to be the work I got on my ribs. It's the only tattoo that was painful enough to make me cry but I love it. I got this tattoo after I broke up with my fianc√© a month before our wedding. I always wanted something on my side but I couldn't decide on what I wanted, the mess of that relationship was enough to get me motivated. I'm a huge John Cleese fan and always wanted something Monty Python related so I came up with a cherry blossom tree (which the Japanese symbolize as transient of life) with the words "And now for something completely different" winding around the tree. Although the color faded a lot (I've only had it for almost 3 years) and I want to get it touched up brighter and bolder, it's still totally my favorite because it has so much meaning behind it and marked the start of a new chapter in my life.

Do you have a favorite artist who you go back to or do you collect different artists work? Why?
All my tattoos have come from different people (except for my rib piece and my shoulder piece) simply because I have yet to find one artist that I totally love. I kind of like having different artists work on me, since all my tattoos are kind of spread out it's not really important that they be cohesive. Now when I get something like a sleeve done, then I'm sure I'll settle on one person to finish it. I do really want to get something done by Nikko Hurtado, his tattoos are so lifelike and beautiful and his color looks like an oil painting come to life!

Have you faced any specific discrimination due to being tattooed?
When I would model from time to time, it could be hard to book shoots because photographers would be searching for a certain image and would want someone who was untouched by body modification. I also had issues with my grandmother for awhile, she was pretty old fashioned when it came to that kind of stuff and she gave me a hard time for awhile but she's come around a lot within the past few years. With patience and explanation, in time I'm pretty positive that tattoos will become more of the norm.

Any other comments?
Always make sure to do research on the artist doing your tattoo, don't just go to anyone. I made that mistake with my second tattoo on my lower back and he pressed so hard into my skin that the tattoo is raised and bumpy, plus it came out shoddy and I plan on finally touching it up after the summer. I also plan on getting a full British Comedy sleeve done one day but to spare my grandmother agitation, I'm waiting on that one!

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1 comment:

  1. Nice interview. Terrific tattoo on her ribs. That must have been painful!