Name: Danni Parson
Website: Danielle Dinglehopper
Occupation: Health Care Assistant / Mum
Tell me about your very first tattoo.
My first tattoo was when I was 18, my friend got it for me for my birthday. I had no idea what to get so my friend chose it for me. It is a small rose with tribal around it, on the left hand side of my back at the bottom. There was only one tattoo shop in Plymouth at the time so everyone went there to get them done. I still have it but it is always covered with clothing. I don't think I could get it covered up with another tattoo, because it was my first one and its from my best friend.
Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past?
I have a couple on my arms and legs that are on show sometimes, My company's policy on it is, as long as it doesn't affect how we work then it is fine. I care for a lot of elderly people and they have very mixed views on them, some people love them others hate them. The people who love them get excited to see me to see if I have any new ones they love to hear stories behind them and how much they cost strangely. The people who hate them really hate them and say they look disgusting and they should only be on men! The great thing about the elderly is there honesty!
What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
Apart from the people I care for during work I haven't really had anything bad said to me about them, not to my face any way. I do find a lot of young people start talking about getting tattooed when around me, that is a bit strange then they look at my legs.
Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
My friends are quite in to tattoos, my boyfriend is in a band - I know it is quite stereotypical but a lot of people at the gigs have tattoos and piercings so none of us look 'out of place' when we are out. Some of my older friends don't really like my piercings just because they say they look painful to get done. My mum hates my tattoos and always tells me off for getting them done, my dad loves them and wants one done himself, he is nearly 60 so that is pretty awesome.
Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
I can honestly say I love all my tattoos all for different reasons, some mean things to me, others I had done because I just really liked the design. This is just some of them, the flounder (from the little mermaid) is a whole thigh piece. I grew up loving the Little Mermaid and as you can tell from my blog name still really do. The middle hourglass was done at a tattoo convention in Plymouth, it was pretty cool getting that done there, a bit strange having loads of people watching and taking pictures though. My Tattooist entered a competition with it for large colour tattoo, but the competition was very strong so we didn't place, booooooo. The dandelion tic tok, I have no idea what they are called, joins up with my sisters shoulder one, she moved away to a different country so we got one done together.
Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
In the picture above there is a rose with 4 fallen petals, this is for my grandparents, they have all passed away. It is the rose from Beauty and the Beast; the rose represents love in the movie and I liked that. There is a Disney theme to some of my tattoos. I don't think tattoos should have a meaning to them, you should get a tattoo because it is something you like, but then if you get it I suppose the meaning behind it is because that is how you were feeling at the time?
Are you planning anymore?
Yes all of the time, Ha, I am a self confessed addict and if I had more money I would have way more tattoos. I'm up to 12 tattoos now and way over 40 hours worth of work done.
In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
I would say yes of course it did, it is lots of tiny needled going in and out of your skin at high speed!
Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Do your research, don't get a tattoo if you haven't seen a lot of there work. I always go to the same place, they have won loads of awards between them and do a lot of guest spots all over the UK. When people say 'how will you look when your older' I will reply with great, but with really wrinkly tattooed skin! I also think that with the way tattoos are growing in popularity a good proportion of people will have tattoos anyway so I don't think that question will be going for much longer. My daughter loves my tattoos as well and tells all her friends when I have a new one. They all come over and inspect me to see them all! I do get referred to at work as the one with the tattoos by the elderly, but I don't mind that. I wouldn't have tattoos on show if I didn't want people to notice them. Your never too old to try something new.
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