Monday, 17 August 2015

Inked and Awesome // Rachel Bradford

Name: Rachel Bradford
Age: 25
Occupation: Marketing Manager

Tell me about your very first tattoo. 
My first tattoo was done on my 18th birthday (good girl I know) after I promised my mum I would wait til I was legal and go to a reputable tattoo studio - I ended up in the one she used. It was a little calligraphy R on my ankle. It took about 20 minutes, and I sank my finger nails into the chair I was sat on! So glad I decided not to have acrylics done that morning. At the end, everyone in the studio sang Happy Birthday to me! It was a great first tattoo experience. 

Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past? 
Currently, no. My boss is super relaxed, and as I'm not really customer facing it's not a problem - however I do cover up for events as I deal with business professionals and CEOs. 
I used to have to cover them in a previous job, then they relaxed the rules, and again I only covered for client meetings and large professional events. Working in PR and Marketing means lots of back office work so no problems. 
When I worked as a Bar Assistant Manager/Supervisor they almost came in handy as I had a full sleeve and the customers seemed to really like them and would love chatting to me about tattoos. Plus no one ever crossed me - must be the stereotype - and the large security staff! 

What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
I've been very fortunate and not experienced any really bullying or discrimination for my tattoos. However I've always understood that my tattoos were my choice and unfortunately there aren't any discrimination laws so I have to be able to cover them for my career. 

Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?

My husband is as covered as me - with a full sleeve, both ribs and a full back piece. In fact, we met through tattoos!
My mum likes tattoos but doesn't have quite as many, though she loves seeing the photos of my new ones as I don't get to visit home as much as I would like. Pretty much everyone is really supportive and loves the work I have, even if they have their reservations when I started my first sleeve.  
Show us your favourite piece and talk us through it.
This is such a hard question!
Currently my favourite piece is probably my new swans. They were done by Georgina Jurd at Intense Colours, Bitterne, Southampton - I had two sessions of four hours to have it completely. This one means quite a lot to me as the swans are to symbolise my home county Buckinghamshire. Swans also mate for life, so I waited to have them done until after I got married -for life!

I also adore my Belle thigh piece from Dani Green - she creates the most amazing lady faces in her own unique style. I love that my belle is so disney, but also so different from everyone elses! Plus I sat for six hours!!! Major deal for me!

Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?

I have two really meaningful tattoos. 
The first is my grey rose and 'Gordon' in script on my foot. This is for my Grandad, and was done on the 10th anniversary of his death. He was a huge part of my childhood and I'm gutted he hasn't been around for so much of my life. He was a truly inspirational man. 
The other is 'Mum' on my wrist. I had this done just before I left to go to Uni. She's my inspiration in life. All I ever wanted was to make her proud, and the tattoo was a reminder as to why I was doing all the things I was, going to Uni, travelling, working, to make her proud and show her that bringing me up, despite being hard at times due to family circumstances was worth it and I appreciated everything she has ever done for me. 

I don't think every tattoo has to have meaning - some are just pretty and show what you liked at a certain time of your life - that's enough in my eyes. Tattoos just tell your story. 

Are you planning anymore?
Yes - certainly. 
I've got a cover up planned for my shoulder blade as I have moved on with my style now. 
And I want to have my legs covered - long way to go! 

In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?

Yes and no. It's more uncomfortable than painful - and it is 100% worth it in the end (so long as you have a good tattooist!)

Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Research. Never copy or steal. Admire. Learn. Tell your story. 

A huge thank you to Rachel for not only sharing her wonderful tattoo story with us, but for stepping in last minute! If you don't already follow her, pop over to her lovely blog Illustrated Teacup and show her some love!
If you are interested in participating in this feature, feel free to pop me and email over to with INKED AND AWESOME in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you.


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    1. Thank you for taking the time to provide such a brilliant post!!


  2. I love Rachel's tattoos!! They are some seriously gorgeous pieces.

  3. Rachel's tattoos are so original! Love them so much and I especially love her advice. Very thoughtful and positive.

    Thank you so much for sharing Gorgeous!! Really enjoy this series.


    1. She wrote a lovely post didn't she?! I'm so chuffed to of had her as part of this series!

      Thank you!!! <3


  4. Oh my goodness, they're amazing! And Rachel seems awesome - a new blog to follow I think!

    Wild Bear x

    1. Aren't they just?! She really is - I'm sure you'll LOVE her!


  5. I love this series, that Tiger tattoo is awesome and I love the Belle and Beast one as well, ah these always make me want to go and get a tattoo of my own! - Tasha

    1. Aw thanks Tasha! Isn't it just beautiful?! I hope they do ;)