Occupation: Photographer and Blogger
Tell me about your very first tattoo.
My first was a little unicorn on my side that I got as an 18th birthday present for my mum, I’d been planning it for about 2 years beforehand and I still love it!
Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past?
Not at all, even when I’ve worked in retail it’s not been a problem.
What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
None that I know of!
Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
Not really, I have one friend that has a few small tattoos but all of my friends and family are artsy types so they totally get it.
Show us your favourite piece and talk us through it.
It’s hard to choose but I probably have to say my Mucha pieces, even though they aren’t finished yet I love them so much and it makes me tempted to keep them as just the line work. I got them because my mum had these big prints of this four seasons series hanging in our house when I was growing up. She had a few Mucha things that I’ve always loved so I love being able to see them on myself every day.
Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
The illustrations I have from The Red Tree have the most direct meaning behind them, I got them when I was suffering very badly from depression as it helped to remind me that there’s always hope. My Mucha pieces are the most sentimental though because they remind me of my mum. I think just loving something is enough meaning to have a tattoo!
Are you planning any more?
I am yes, firstly I’d like to get all my thigh pieces finished, frames around the illustrations and colour or shading on the Four Seasons and I have a lot of ideas that I want to get but finishing the ones I’ve started is my priority!
In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
Of course it hurts, it’s being stabbed repeatedly with a needle.
Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Don’t rush into getting a tattoo. And don’t get one in your own handwriting if you don’t 100% like your own writing.
Thank you so much Tessa for telling us all your tattoo story! If you'd like to get to know Tessa better she has a blog that you can check out here! I wanna hear about your tattoos too, so make sure to send an email with the subject heading 'INKED & AWESOME' to firstname.lastname@example.org!!