Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Inked & Awesome // Michael

Name: Michael
Age: 31
Occupation: Virtual assistant and legal admin

Tell me about your very first tattoo.
I got my first when I was 20, and I'm glad I waited. They're song lyrics to This Fire Burns by Killswitch Engage. It says "Even through the darkest days this fire burns always". I was going through a rough point and that line really resonated with me. It still does.

Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past?
Fortunately, no. Most of mine are covered during the day but the ones that aren't have never been an issue.

What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
I'm lucky to say that I've never been treated differently for having tattoos.

Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
There's an unspoken competition between my mom and I about who has the most. Currently, I'm leading by 1 but plan to make it 2 by year end.

Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
I think my Scrabble tiles are my favorite because it's completely up to interpretation. Some people look at it and only see one thing. And then I have to look at them and say, "or...?" Only recently did I have someone see the double meaning without me saying anything. I should have hugged him.

Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
I do think they should have some personal meaning since they're permanent, although two of mine are "meaningless". The one with the most meaning... It's hard to choose. I got a purple ribbon on my hip after my sister passed away, Simba on my ankle is for my mother (it's her favorite movie), and my lyrics were my first tattoo, which is my life mantra.

Are you planning any more?
I'm always planning more. I have 3 small ones in the works and one large thigh piece that I need to start planning.

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

Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
It may sound ridiculous, but think before you ink. You don't want to have to spend triple the amount I have it removed. Do your homework - if you love Japanese art, find someone who only does that. Always walk away from a pushy artist. And for the love of God, no names!

A huge thank you, Michael,  for telling us all about your tattoos! If you'd like to get to know Michael pop on over to! I wanna hear about your tattoos too, so make sure to send an email with the subject heading 'INKED & AWESOME' to!!


  1. I always enjoy these posts, they're so interesting and all of the amazing tattoos always give me something new to swoon over. I loved the first answer to the story behind the first tattoo, it's always so interesting how much each piece of ink means and it's story. Loved it, and a new blog to follow too! - Tasha

    1. Me too haha. LOVE reading through them when I receive them. Aw yay, I'm glad it helped you find a new blog!


  2. Visiting from Michael's blog. I enjoy hearing the stories behind people's tattoos, and I enjoy sharing the stories behind my own. In fact, I'm getting a new one tomorrow :)

    1. Oh awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Me too, it's so interesting! Oooh I am jealous. I'd love to hear more about yours if you fancy sharing ;)


  3. Haha, I love the response "does life hurt", that's a good one. I think I'll use that next time someone asks me if it hurts.

    I love the upper stomach piece, I think they are so awesome, but damn it's got to hurt.

    1. Isn't it fab? Best answer I've heard, I think. Definitely an answer to remember.

      Me too!! I think I would do one there. Most probably more nippy than my chest but it looks so cool.


    2. Thanks! The part directly under boob were ok and relaxing but when he got to my sternum I was WIDE AWAKE and questioning my life choices :) I'd do it again though.