Occupation: Extra/Direct Sales (Makeup)
Tell me about your very first tattoo.
My first tattoo was a triangle that I got on the inside of my right wrist. I was 18 at the time, and it was just after my birthday. I’d been planning to get the number 3 as a lucky number, the number of the Goddess and as a symbol of strength and then a friend of mine suggested a triangle which encompassed all of those things and which is the strongest physical structure and I went with it!
Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past?
My tattoos have never affected my employment, which is great. I used to try to keep them covered for the time I worked in child care but working in reception, retail and admin I never had to cover them. In fact, I mostly found that people were quite interested to see them in those jobs, they were a good ice breaker or talking point.
What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
Aside from the occasional joke about the K on my left wrist looking like a hooked fish, no one has ever put me down for them. Even my quite religious extended family is very open to them and appreciates their meaning/purpose which means a lot to me.
Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
My mum, like any good mum, believes I am perfect as I am and I don’t need tattoos but she accepts me having them. My dad never really comments on them, so I have no idea what he thinks but he’s never said a bad word about them. My sister has a tattoo, herself and ear piercings. I have a couple of friends with tattoos and but not many. Most my friends have their ears pierced at least and are always excited to see/hear about any new ink!
Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
My favourite piece has to be the sailing boat and text on the back of my neck. I got it when I was struggling to deal with my Nan’s death. It hit me harder than anything has really. I wanted the text to be in a type print because that represents a part of myself and my writing. The lyrics are from one of my Nan’s favourite songs – Sailing by Rod Stewart and encompass everything I was feeling at the time. I get asked about that one a lot or find people reading my neck which is still a strange experience! I love talking about it though because now it brings up more positive feelings than otherwise.
Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
Every last one of my tattoos has meaning behind it. The tattoo itself that I am most connected with is my sailing ship but the one with the most sentimental story behind it is the K on my wrist. It’s a reminder to me not to regret things that didn’t work out, as long as you learn and that getting a tattoo in someone’s backyard probably isn’t the wisest idea but it’ll probably be the most fun (for the record he was clean and qualified!).
Are you planning anymore?
I do have a couple more that I want to get but that’ll happen when the time is right. I usually get them either as therapy or as a reward for a breakthrough. My tattoos are like all the big stories in my life. My body is my book.
In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
It’ll sting, it’ll bruise, it’ll bleed and it’ll rattle your bones but like any good thing in life, the pain is worth it for what you get.
Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Don’t ever feel like you can’t do what you want with your own body. As long as you’re not hurting yourself or others, do what makes you happy! If you want to cover yourself with art, colour, things that you like or anything that pertains to your culture, do it. Do what’s right for you. Life is too short
to wish you did.
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