Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Inked and Awesome // Kerri of Crumbs in the Bed

The 48th Inked and Awesome is here and it's an extra awesome one! I posted the first one, mine, way back on the 11th of November 2012 and it has stayed one of my favorite series to put together.
Obviously being passionate about tattoos and the things that some of us go through as a result makes me extra appreciative of everyone's stories, as well as loving seeing photos of the amazing works of art you all have.
This one is no different, though is extra exciting for me as Kerri has become a good friend of mine over the course of the year and I am so insanely jealous of how gorgeous her pieces are. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. 

Name: Kerri
Age: 25
Occupation: PhD Student

Tell me about your very first tattoo. 
My first was a few years ago, it's a simple one: two birds, one on each shoulder, one is a living bird and one is the skeleton of a bird. As much as I like them, I'm considering covering them up as they don't fit the style of my other tattoos. I already have an idea in mind, I just need to save my pennies and wait for the artist to open their booking up!

Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past? 
Luckily, they don't. But that's more because I don't show them at work rather than it being a relaxed tattoo environment. Judging by the reactions to my hair, if I suddenly whipped out a rather large tattoo of an octopus, I can only imagine the questions/judgements and everything else. I prefer to keep them to myself.

On the odd occasion people have seen them (usually it's the ones on my shoulders), the reaction has been a little bit of shock and a little bit of disapproval, but nothing more than that. Although, I think this is because my shoulder ones are small in comparison to my others, so maybe they'd react more to my larger pieces.  

What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
So far, nothing yet, which I'm happy about. As I said, I keep them mostly under wraps so I have so far avoided any weirdness or bad reactions.
Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
Not really, I have a few family members that have some small tattoos but nothing more than that.
Going along with the keeping-under-wraps-thing, I don't tell my family when I get new ones and tend to not go out my way to show them, so I never really here their thoughts about them. For the most part they believe I am joking, when I said I would expand my octopus tattoo into a sleeve, they genuinely thought I was kidding. Three appointments later, I'm not sure they still think I'm joking.

Show us your favourite piece and talk us through it.
Damn, that's a hard question! I probably change my mind about my favourite one all the time, but for this, I'm going to say my right thigh piece. I love it.
It's a portrait-like piece of a polar bear and an emperor penguin – my two all time favourite animals. The piece was done by San from Deuil Merveilleux in Brussels – a fantastic artist! – in February this year. For me, it represents my relationship, it's my two favourite animals representing my favourite person – it sounds too big headed if I say my "two favourite people" doesn't it?
I choose the polar bear and the penguin, because they are my favourite and because they are, quite literally, polar opposites, which, when I think about Kris and I, that's what I think about. When we first met, we were a classic case of opposites attract and it still stands true today and I wanted to represent that in something permanent.
I'm not very elegant at expressing the meaning behind my tattoos...

Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
The one I just talked about, easily the one with the most sentimental value. Also my pocket watch tattoo, that has some sentimental value too.
As for every tattoo having a sentimental value, absolutely not. I don't think anyone has to justify their tattoos with a sentimental value, there's no reason not to have a tattoo simply because you like the design or idea. Your body, your rules in my opinion.
Sometimes you can get a tattoo for the reason of liking the design and the meaning might come later. But, I don't think it's always necessary.  

Are you planning anymore?
There's always plans going around my mind. The coverup, the finishing of my right sleeve and I have plans to turn my left arm into a sleeve too, but that's a long term plan.

In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
Oh, the classic question. I'd probably just respond with some side-eyes. People should come up with more interesting questions to ask.

Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
As long as you are happy, then the opinion of others does not matter.

I told you it was gonna be a good one! haha 

Make sure you get on over to Kerri's blog, Crumbs in the Bed, and follow if you don't already, you must. Hands down one of my favorite blogs ever and not just because she's my friend :P 
I am also now actively seeking NEW participants so if you are heavily or visibly tattooed and would like to share your story please get in touch via email - - with 'INKED AND AWESOME' in the subject line. I'll look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Ah, two of my favourite people in one place. Kerri's tattoos look amazing, I'm a bit jealous to be honest. I don't have any tattoos because I'm too scared (and can't afford any right now) but the older I get the more I want them. I even know what I would get, it's just a case of getting the courage and the money together to get it.
    Debi x

  2. Very cool! Love her pieces! The word that comes to mind when I look at them is dreamlike? Maybe? And I totally love the meaning behind the polar bear and penguin tattoo.

    Renee | Lose the Road

  3. Oh Kezzarama, they're blooming awesome! You're a wily little chaffinch though, I'd never know those quirky blouses were covering so much brilliant tattage (technical term).
    Are you the penguin or the polar bear?
    M x

  4. I just like that this post says I'm awesome :)

    Thanks for having me!