Welcome to Tattoo Talk, a weekly showcase (and celebration!) of women with tattoos. First up is my sister Angela, an amazing makeup artist from the South West (you can check out her work at www.facebook.com/AngelaMeeMUA ). We got out first tattoos together, so I thought it was only fitting that she be the first to feature in this series. Enjoy!
Occupation: Makeup Artist
When did you get your first tattoo?
I got my first tattoo as a 21st birthday present from my sister [ed note: that’s me!] We both got our star signs tattooed on the inside of our wrists. Mine is a Virgo sign on the inside of my right wrist, hand tattooed by Marc Pinto.
How many tattoos do you have, and which is your favourite?
I have nine tattoos – inside of both wrists (Virgo sign and infinity/dragon symbol), ribs (flowers), back (sugarskull), both ankles (swallow and padlock), both feet (cherries and cherry skulls) and a full sleeve on my left arm. My favourite would have to be my sleeve. I spent many years working out what I wanted and deciding on my artist (Diego from Abandoned Art) and I am so happy with how it looks.
Do you tend to get tattoos that are very meaningful, or tattoos that are purely aesthetical?
Most of my tattoos are purely aesthetical, though all hold some meaning to me.
What is the most interesting experience you’ve had relating to your tattoos?
When me and my husband were on our honeymoon in Europe we noticed the love padlock trend where couples would place a padlock on a bridge, fence, gate or other public fixture, and throw away the key as a symbol of their unbreakable love. Rather than physically attaching a padlock to a fence we decided that we would both get a tattoo of a padlock. We found a tattoo shop in Madrid and once we had explained what we wanted through bad sketches and Google images, they drew up our padlocks and we got them tattooed that day. We then drew each other a key for our padlocks and gave it to each other to be thrown away, as per the love lock tradition.
What are your thoughts on the relationship between tattoos and fashion?
I’m excited that it is becoming more accepted to modify and adorn the body with tattoos, piercings and other body modifications. Tattoos are for life so I encourage everyone to think before they ink and not just get a tattoo because it’s the fashionable thing to do.
What advice would you give to someone planning their first tattoo?
Spend time deciding on what you want, it’s going to be on your body forever. If you need to be able to cover the tattoo for work, make sure you consider placement. It is also important to decide on an artist that will do a good job, so look at their previous work and have a chat with them to make sure you get a tattoo you are happy with.
Do you plan on getting more?
Thanks, Angela! If you’re interested in being featured, please send me an email: skullandcrosstales AT Hotmail DOT com
Photos 1 and 9 by Warped Photography.