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Tell me about your very first tattoo.
It was three simple black stars on my forearm. Very emo! I was terrified, and shaking on the day, clinging to my friend Mark. But it was awesome, and I got the bug. I've since gone back and totally added to those stars and now its a colourful, chaotic, swirly, star spangled arm :)
Do your tattoos affect your job, have they in the past?
Not at all right now.
I've had some previous jobs where they didn't want them on show, but they never outright told me to hide them - so I never. Lol.
What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
People always assume I'll regret them which is annoying. People who don't even know me. I have met one or two people who don't see them as 'professional' - which is just... wow. Kind of weird in 2015 right?
Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
A lot of my friends are. My family - nope. I can't even name anyone with a tattoo in my family I don't think. My mum hates me getting them, but she knows not to argue about it now - lol. The only one she likes is my Alice in Wonderland one on my foot.
Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
So hard to choose! But probably the one on my thigh. It's a decorated heart with a skeleton couple inside, and 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' inscribed in it. I find it so beautiful, even years later. It's very personal, and has such deep meaning to me that I don't think I'll share. But it means more than any other tattoo. Plus, a little homage to one of my favourite songs.
Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
The thigh one, as I say :) - And no way, people can get them for whatever reason! If they simply find a piece attractive, beautiful, or they are drawn to it for whatever reason. I've actually experienced a weird reversal effect too. Like, I got one or two simply because I liked the design - but over time they began to mean so much to me. They reminded me of that specific time of my life.
Are you planning anymore?
Definitely. Many more. I hope to have my legs covered one day.
I'm up to like 10/11 right now, and I'm sure that'll easily double. Or they all start 'joining up' haha.
In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?'
Well yes. But some a lot less than others. I wouldn't let it put you off though - it's so worth it.
Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Take tattoos seriously, don't get one without thinking it though. But even more importantly - Don't judge people with tattoos! They dont need to know what you think they'll feel about them in years to come/