Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Tattoo Talk with Rachel from Illustrated Teacup

It's time for another 
This week we have...

Rachel Bee
My blog is a tattoo lifestyle blog called illustrated-teacup.blogspot.co.uk. I started in January 2014 with the aim to educate people on tattoo culture and tattoos in general. I also chuck in some of my life stuff too.

So what was your first tattoo and how old were you?
My first tattoo was on my 18th birthday if a scripted 'R'. The studio sang to me, it was a pretty good experience.

Why did you choose that specific design? (because I liked it is a perfectly acceptable answer)
I designed it myself, and wanted something that would always be relevant to me as I knew it was for life.
How many tattoos do you have currently? What are they?
I currently have 11 individual pieces in a mix of sizes. Majority of them are in colour in a neo-traditional style, but I do have two black and grey ones. I have two sleeves, two leg pieces by dani green and a medium size back piece.
Do you have a favorite piece? If so what one and why?
My current favourite is probably my swans by Georgina Jurd at Intense colours in Southampton. It's still in progress, but i love it so much. I also love my cat tattoo on my thigh by Jenna Kerr which was done at Brighton Tattoo Convention this year,

Did you do a lot of research in to your chosen artist/artists?
Recently yes, as I'm  trying more artists, so I rely on Instagram a lot.
Are you planning on anymore?
I plan to finish my sleeve with Georgina, including my inner arm. I also want to have my shoulder tattoo covered, so I think  that will be next.

A silly question as pain is relative but Most painful tattoo?
My foot was definitely the worst. It means the most to me, but I hated having it done.

General reaction from friends and family about your tattoos/body mods? Are they happy about you having them?
My mum loves them. She always wants updates on them if I've had a new one. When I first said I wanted a sleeve, a few friends were really against it, but once it was done they admitted that actually it really suited me and looked beautiful.
Reactions from members of the public about your tattoos/body mods, Good or Bad?
Mostly good. I used to get a bit of hassle when I was a nightclub manager from drunk clubbers, but nothing particularly negative. Mostly i just get asked why, which is a hard question to answer, other than saying I like them.

Have you tattoos ever hindered anything you wanted to do, interviews, work, etc?
Not necessarily hindered. I do have to take them into account for business meetings and events. I have had some struggles recently with outfits for business events in the evenings, but I think that's more of a girl thing than anything else!

Do you get asked did it hurt a lot? What do you tell people?
Yes, an awful lot which I find kind of irritating. Of course there will be an element of pain when a needle is going into your skin, but it's  all relative really, and incredibly subjective. Some days I've barely had any pain, and others have been horrible. I'd  say it's more of an annoying pain than outright pain.
Do you find people will touch your tattoo (body mods) without asking?
 If so how do you deal with it?
Yes, especially when alcohol is involved, I can't  even count how many times people have grabbed my arms to 'feel' them. Usually i just smile and gently try to take my arm back. It doesn't do any good to be horrible. Most people are just intrigued as mostly they just want a closer look and to ask some questions. As a heavily tattooed woman I'm  'unusual' to many.
Shout out to the artist/artists hear if you want
Probably the loveliest tattooist you'll ever meet is Dani Green. Find her in Dragtrip Tattoo or out in Italy with her partner Fabian Langes - who is equally awesome.

Any partying words?
Tattoos are for life, so think through what you have, and remember that they will tell the story of your life. Illustrate yourself. Tell your story

Thanks a lot to Rachel for taking part, be sure to go and check out her blog, and if you would like to feature on Tattoo Talk then shoot me an email or a tweet.


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