Monday, 1 December 2014

Inked and Awesome // Bex

Name: Bex Renshaw
Age: 20
Occupation: Sales Assistant and Child Minder.

Tell me about your very first tattoo. 
I got my first tattoo at a studio in Penkridge when I was 17. It is cherry blossom with a swallow and the quote 'All good things are wild and free'. I got it because I had always wanted a swallow tattoo and I love cherry blossom, the quote was something I really liked and originally the swallow was going to be flying out of a cage, which I then decided would look too cluttered. I still have this and love it as much as I did when I first got it.

Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past? 
My tattoo's have never affected my job due to the fact they are all hidden, however the reason they are all hidden as I was aware that there is a lot of discrimination against people with tattoo's in the work place. However I am made to either take my nose ring out or put a plaster over it at work, I was told this is because it is 'offensive' which I find quite offensive to myself! I have also been told to get rid of all my ear piercing because they look 'tatty' and 'cheap' which is not something you want to hear from your boss!

Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
A few of my friends have small tattoos but not many, my dad has quite a few tattoos from when he was younger and in the army. My friends and family were quite shocked at first but every one loves them now and knows that they are part of me, and a part of me that I love.

Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
I love all my tattoo's, my first tattoo is probably still my favourite because I think it is really feminine and pretty. The swallow represents freedom, as does the quote. I have quite a few swallows on my body now, both coloured in and plain black. My newest tattoo of the swallows on my back also have so much meaning to me, also to do with freedom and letting go of the past.

Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
All my of tattoo's have a lot of meaning behind them, I don't see the point in getting a tattoo that doesn't mean anything to you because you will soon dislike it. I can look at all of my tattoo's and remember different memories, which I love.

Are you planning anymore?
I haven't got any more planned at the moment but I definitely will get more in the future.

In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
Of course it hurts, but not too badly, it is just like a vibration on your skin. (coming from someone with a very low pain threshold). 

Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Always visit a good well known tattooist, I made this mistake with my thigh piece and it isn't of the best quality, it was extremely cheap but now I have a wonky tattoo! I think everyone has their different views with tattoos and all types of body modifications, but do what you like. If something means something to you and you want it tattooed (as long as you are of legal age) then just and get it. But don't get a tattoo, or any body mod, just because someone else got one or you think it is 'cool' because if you don't truly love it then you will regret it. And if anyone says 'well what will you look like when you get older and wrinkly?' just tell them you will look bloody cool and different to everyone else!

[Bex also has a YouTube channel and conveniently a video all about her body modification, so check it out too! A huge thank you to Bex for taking part and gigantic apologies for taking so many months to eventually get this up. Hope you enjoyed this and click here to check out more Inked and Awesome people!]


  1. Love tattoos!! Love hers!

    I totally agree, I believe that it is best when a tattoo has meaning, but I do understand that it isn't always necessary. I mean, if you like a particular piece enough, but it doesn't necessarily have sentimental value--it'd be quite bold to make it a part of your body, and that's cool!

    I personally have to say...mine hurt quite a lot...maybe it was the place I chose--the infamous tramp stamp--but it hurt like crazy. The memory of how much it hurt is what keeps me from getting another.

    Lovely post--as always!! Really enjoyed getting to know Bex!


    1. Yey!
      Oh me too, although like you say if it's something you really like it's okay too. I suppose that if you like something that much then technically it must mean something to you, huh? :)

      I think it must definitely vary person to person as well as the area on your body as none of mine really hurt very much haha. Go on, get another :P

      Thank you Jessica!