Welcome to Tattoo Talk, a weekly showcase (and celebration!) of women with tattoos. Today’s very special guest is Sheri Bomb, a gorgeous Brsibane gal who blogs about all things rockabilly and Kustom Kulture over at http://www.sheribomb.com.au . Do yourself a favour and go get lost in her archives for awhile – why not read more about her tattoos, her trip to Tiki Oasis and this awesome video on styling a beehive.
Name: Sheri Bomb
Occupation: Travel writer
When did you get your first tattoo?
I got my first tattoo when I was 18 but I had already decided on the design by the time I was 13. Once I finally turned 18 and was old enough to get a tattoo, I booked in straight away and got the two-stem of cherries on my right hip.
How many tattoos do you have, and which is your favourite?
That’s a very hard question to answer. For one I have two full sleeves, which were done over a number of sittings, some of which began as standalone tattoos and were eventually incorporated into my sleeves. I also have the tops of my feet done, the whole top half of my back, a full chest piece, plenty on my legs, the back of my neck and behind my ears, so it’s hard to try and count them all individually. Safe to say I have a lot though.
Deciding on a favourite is equally difficult because I love so many of my tattoos, many of which have a special meaning to me. But if I really had to choose, it would be a tie between my ‘Daddy’s Girl’ foot tattoos, my Mix Master tattoo and my Rosie the Riveter portrait as these are all tattoos for my family.
Artist: Mark ‘Suicide’
Do you tend to get tattoos that are very meaningful, or tattoos that are purely aesthetical?
As I mentioned above, I certainly have some meaningful tattoos but I do also get work done for purely aesthetical reasons. Although often an image or artwork is still inspired by a memory or experience in my life. I tend to think of my tattoos as souvenirs, almost an alternative to a photograph, because they often capture or represent important events or times in my life. I also like to collect tattoos that represent my travels, my two favourites are my drunk donkey that reminds me of my time in Mexico and a big burger with the word Vegas surrounded by stars which is obviously from my time in Las Vegas.
Are there any tattoo artists you particularly admire?
There are many, some of which I’ve been tattooed by and others I’m yet to collect ink from. Although she’s often considered rather ‘mainstream’ because of her reality TV show, Kat Von D is an amazing portrait artist and a pretty stylish chick. I’m not sure if I would ever actually get tattooed by her but I respect her work.
In Queensland where I live, Teneile Napoli from Garage Ink is an absolutely phenomenal portrait and realistic artist. Her work is jaw dropping!
Mimsy of Trailer Trash Tattoo here in Queensland is also one of my favourite artists. I have quite a bit of work from her and I love her traditional yet girlie kitschy-cool style, plus her indoor trailer park come tattoo studio is such a cool place and her pink 59 Sunliner mobile tattoo trailer is an icon around tattoo and kustom kulture festivals.
I also have a lot of work done by Beatnik Mark ‘Suicide’ of Voodoo Tattoo. He’s old school and he gets the job done. No fuss, no hassle and always on time. His style is really diverse and his use of colour and shading is incredible.
Artist: Mark ‘Suicide’
What is the most interesting experience you’ve had relating to your tattoos?
It’s a bit of a funny story actually. It was the first Christmas party I went to at my job as a travel writer and we were all staying at Salt Resort in Kingscliffe. One of the girls who worked in our reservations department had brought her partner along with her to the Christmas party and it was the end of the night when he’d had quite a bit to drink. He came over to talk to me and was complimenting me A LOT on all of my tattoos but for some reason he kept touching and slapping me where my tattoos were as he spoke. On my back, on my arms, he wasn’t doing it very hard but it was actually making a bit of noise every time he would slap them, raving on about how great my ink was. This was in front of my whole department where I am the only girl and the guys were absolutely killing themselves about it. I was really embarrassed and I’ve never lived it down since, the incident is now affectionately known as ‘tat slapper’ haha!
What are your thoughts on the relationship between tattoos and fashion?
I don’t believe there should be a relationship between tattoos and fashion, or rather what is ‘in fashion’. Just like dyeing your hair, getting a piercing or wearing a certain style of clothing, tattoos certainly are an expression of who you are and what you like. But fashion trends come and they go, so if you are getting a tattoo purely as a fashion statement then I don’t think you will always be happy with it. That would be like saying you have to wear the same outfit for the rest of your life! What happens when neon goes out of style? However if you choose to get a tattoo as a genuine expression of yourself and you choose wisely, then your tattoos simply become a part of who you are.
What advice would you give to someone planning their first tattoo?
Don’t rush into it. Once you’ve made the decision to get tattooed it’s a very exciting time and it’s easy to book in and get it done straight away. But unless this is a design you’ve been planning on getting for a really long time, I suggest you sit on it for just a bit longer. Print out your design and put it in a prominent place where you will see it ALL THE TIME (eg on your mirror, on the fridge, etc). If after a month you still love the look of it then book in! You will have it for the rest of your life, so one extra month of waiting isn’t going to make much difference. Forever is a long time if you end up changing your mind and laser removal hurts much more than the original tattoo. Also, listen to what your artists says. They know what they’re doing. If they tell you something won’t work, it’s not going to work. Your tattoo is a walking billboard for them for the rest of your life, they want it to look good just as much as you do – after all it’s their reputation on the line.
Do you plan on getting more?
Absolutely! I’m travelling to Japan in the first week of December and plan on getting a souvenir tattoo while I’m over there. That’s certainly the next one on my list but there is definitely much more to come including a custom design done for me by American artist The Pizz – I need more skin!
Thanks, Sheri Bomb!
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