Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Inked and Awesome // Joiee

Name: Joiee Birch
Age: 21
Occupation: Freelance writer/journalist

Tell me about your very first tattoo. 
My first professional tattoo was the 1UP star from Super Mario on my left wrist - it was an 18th birthday gift to myself. I was happy with it initially, but after a few years I felt like I'd kind of outgrew it, so I had a black star filled inside it to cover up the eyes and make it look a little less juvenile (although my love for Super Mario remains :))

Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past? 
No. I work for myself so it's never been an issue. 

What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
None really. I've had more stick for my stretched ears (16mm) than I've ever had for any of my tattoos.

Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
None of my immediate family have any body mods. I have a few 'alternative' friends though which is cool - it's nice to have people to talk to about this kind of stuff :)

Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
My favourite piece is probably my most recent - an illustrative portrait of the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. It means a lot to me because when I was younger I took part in a production of Alice in Wonderland and was cast as the part of 'The White Rabbit' - It was a pretty big part, and it's one of my fondest childhood memories. I'd wanted a tattoo to commemorate that for the longest time. I couldn't be happier with it :)

Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
'Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional' tattoo on my inner bicep - it's a quote I first heard in a song lyric that has origins in Buddhism and it's a mantra I try and live my life by. I used to self harm and still have a tendency to mentally beat myself up over things I've done in the past, but it serves as a reminder to me that although I will undoubtedly experience pain many more times in life, I don't have to let it drag me down and I can overcome it!

Are you planning anymore?
Yes! I have my next tattoo design all drawn up, it's a traditional rose with the union jack flag design incorporated into it. I can't wait to get it done :)

In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional ;)

Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
I think body mods are a personal choice - but something people should really think long and hard about getting. I see people turn 18 and rush out to the nearest tattoo parlour to get themselves all covered up and it does make me cringe a bit. It's not a race to have the most tattoos - quality over quantity is very important I feel, and please, do your research and go to a good artist! I feel like some of my tattoos could have been executed better if I'd waited and found the right artist, but I wouldn't say I have any regrets, life's too short for that :)  

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