Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Inked and Awesome // Kate Evans

Name: Kate Evans
Age: 28
Occupation: Campaigns and Communications Coordinator for learning disability charity My Life My Choice.

Tell me about your very first tattoo. 

I thought about my first tattoo for about ten years. I knew I always wanted them. I remember seeing tattooed people when I was a young child and just knowing that's what I wanted to look like, even as my parents were vocalising their disapproval. I didn't get one for ages partly because I knew my parents would hate it, but also because I couldn't quite decide what to get.
In the end I got a combination of different ideas: a globe, pile of books and ball of yarn with knitting needles and the words "Explore. Learn. Create." My life fell apart a little in 2013, and through the process of putting it back together I discovered that those were three things I needed to be happy.

Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past? 

When I worked at a large NGO, I had a senior manager (who would never normally have noticed me or spoken to me) come up to my desk and ask whether I thought he was too old for a tattoo or not. So I guess they make sure I stand out! I cover most of them when I go for an interview, but I honestly don't think it's a problem in the sectors that I've worked in (charity and arts).

What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
The comments I get from people have all been positive. I love it when other women come up to me in the street to compliment me, or ask my advice about getting inked.

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

My parents make it pretty obvious that they don't approve, so I generally avoid mentioning it when I'm around them. My friends have all been very positive, and a few have admitted that they would like tattoos 
too, but don't want to upset their parents. Most of the friends I've met in the last few years have been tattooed - I think it's much more common than people think. My husband is the most tattooed person I know. I'm not really sure what he thinks of mine - we're into very different styles.

Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.

My favourite changes all the time, but at the moment it's my troll and I'm sad that it's positioned in a place (back of my upper arm) where I don't get to see it.
I collected troll dolls when I was a child and it got very out of hand. Everybody would buy them for me if they saw them, and now I have over 200. They make me very happy - I love their bright coloured hair and chubby cheeks. I hate what troll has come to mean online, otherwise it would be my username for everything.
The jasmine and honeysuckle grow up the side of my parents house, and their combined smell takes me right back to summer evenings of my childhood. So basically, this piece is a nostalgia tattoo!

Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
I have a jigsaw piece on my right forearm as a memorial to my Grandpa, who died in 2013. When my family used to all to jigsaw puzzles together on a rainy afternoon, we would get to the end to find two pieces missing. I was holding back one of them so I could put the last piece in, and so was Grandpa. Everyone would laugh at our battle to put the last piece in, and it was a story that was told in his eulogy. 
I inherited so many of my interests from this amazing man: my love of being outside, my obsession with maps and my interest in gardening (plus competitiveness and a refusal to let children win games). Every day I miss his down to earth character and playful sense of humour, and I wanted to get something to mark that.
I don't think tattoos need to have meaning, and it kind of annoys me when complete strangers ask what mine mean. "Hello, person I've never met before! Tell me some very personal things about yourself." Most of my tattoos have some kind of meaning, but I often tell people that they don't.

Are you planning any more?

I'm always planning more! I probably always will be.
At the moment I'm thinking about turning the tattoos on my right arm into a half sleeve, with a couple of extra images (some sewing scissors, shells...), background colour and a frame.
I also know I want a queen of hearts playing card somewhere, I just haven't decided where yet. And I've recently discovered an artist who does amazing flowers that I'd like, probably across my thighs.

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

Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.

People get scared off tattoos because of their permanence, but they forgot that our bodies aren't permanent. The 80 or 90 years that each of them are around is such an insignificantly short time, it's not worth living in fear of regret.
Be true to yourself always, and then even if you change your mind about your interests, a tattoo will be a nice memory of that time in your life. Just make sure you're getting exactly what you want and because you want it.

Thank you Kate for telling us all about your tattoos! Everyone go show her love >
 I wanna hear about your tattoos too, so make sure to send an email with the subject heading 'INKED & AWESOME' to!!


  1. I really like Katy's answer to that final question, it's so true that we're only here for a short time, and that we shouldn't live with regrets and to embrace living creatively and enjoying the time we have here. I also love the tattoo she has of the Hummingbird as well, it's so pretty. Love this series! - Tasha

    1. Perfect isn't it? I really enjoyed reading Katy's Inked and Awesome when I received it. And what a gorgeous picture to show the people who say 'but what will you look like in a wedding dress?!' exactly how amazing tattooed ladies can look!


  2. I absolutely love the tattoo on Kate's upper arm - the ''explore, learn, create''. Stunning. I also really appreciate what she said about our bodies being here for such a short time - I totally agree. Do what you want with your bodies, while you can.

    With love, V. x

    1. Me too!! It is so beautiful, isn't it?! These posts always make me so jealous haha. It's been FOUR YEARS since I've been able to afford a!
      100% a great answer, I agree too.