Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Tattoo Talk With Laura from Insidemyshoe


Laura Natalie. 25 from Bournemouth J



Insidemyshoe is a relationship and lifestyle blog created in January 2014. I have owned blogs in the past but it was around Christmas 2013 that I realised my true passion was to write and I suddenly found myself with a burning desire to turn my passion into a paycheck so yeah, I’m still working towards that.

So what was your first tattoo and how old where you?

My first tattoo was a small butterfly on my left wrist. I was 17 and having always had a subtle rebellious nature I decided I would do something that made me stand out. None of my friends had tattoos or expressed they ever wanted any so I thought it was a good way of expressing my ‘uniqueness’. In hindsight that’s really lame but here I am, 8 years later still doing the same thing.

Why did you choose that specific design? 

At the time I didn’t particularly have much knowledge on tattoo or design and how it all worked so I simply picked the nicest design in the book. Most studios’ have a couple of design books which customers can flick through but it seems nowadays people are more comfortable with designing their own.

How many tattoos do you have currently? What are they?

I have 26 in total. I won’t list them all but they range from small diamonds to larger roses and pin up girls, writing, flowers; Banksy (graffiti artist); a lion…etc!

Do you have a favorite piece? 
My favourite piece is a rose and chain which is placed just below my bust, around the sternum area. It’s just really delicate and amazingly well done. I had it done a few years ago when having a tattoo in that place was a bit more peculiar but it seems to be a big trend at the moment which is cool, I guess.

Did you do a lot of research in to your chosen artist/artists?

Nope. I’ve been tattooed by numerous artists around the world due to me either being impatient or wanting a design done that day or I was travelling a country and wanted something to remember it by. It’s all experience and I have to be honest I have been a little disappointed once or twice but when you have this many you don’t seem to dwell on it much – unless it’s really bad in which case I’m sure I would try rectify it as quickly as possible.

Are you planning on anymore?

I always say no but my heart is clearly telling me yes.

A silly question as pain is relative but Most painful tattoo?

The rose sternum was by far the most painful. I had no idea it would be hell like it was. I literally cried haha – not necessarily because of the pain but my body was in shock so my eyes were streaming and my body was tense throughout. It was horrible.

General reaction from friends and family about your tattoos/body mods? 

They’ve all given up caring to be honest! My mum had a few words to say at the beginning but wasn’t overly opinionated on them but over time she has stopped mentioning them all together. Luckily my friends are supportive of them even though they would never do it to themselves – being 25/26 we all accept each other for who we are and admire one another for going out and doing what makes us all happy. 

Reactions from members of the public about your tattoos/body mods, Good or Bad?Mostly good. I think men find them somewhat seductive because it makes my look slightly edgy but I’m not sure if they have a judgement on what my personality must be like because of them. Some people are shocked that I’m not particularly a wild child or always the last one at the bar, I love reading and chilling indoors! 

I’ve had people tell me I will regret them but I just ignore them. How can someone I’ve never met TELL me that I’m going to regret a decision I’VE made with MY life?! Crazy.
Have your tattoos ever hindered anything you wanted to do, interviews, work, etc?

Nope – not yet anyway. I have just tattooed my neck so that will be interesting in the future. I think in this new generation tattoos generally are a lot more accepted and acceptable, especially in industries where once upon a time they were a big no no. Of course there will be some places where it’s just kind of an unwritten rule to have them always covered but we’ll see. I’m hoping to be self employed at some point anyway so I look forward to being my own boss.

Do you get asked did it hurt a lot? What do you tell people?

All the time; people are naturally curious. A lot of people tell me they’re thinking of getting one but won’t because of the pain. I always say that pain is temporary (which I have tattooed on my chest next to an angel) and if they really want one, why are they letting an hours worth of pain hold them back from having something they’ll love for years to come!?

Do you find people will touch your tattoo (body mods) without asking? If so how do you deal with it?

Yes. I know it’s bad to say but I find it more offensive when men do it than when women do. I just think another woman admiring my body is less intrusive than when a man does it, maybe because the times it has happened the men have been slightly inappropriate and touched my body in a suggestive way. Not everyone of course and I don’t mind it too much but it is rather rude to just grab me and start touching parts of my body just because it’s covered in art. You wouldn’t dream of doing it to anyone else!

Shout out to the artist/artists hear if you want :)
Sarah from Cult XIII is awesome! She’s newly qualified after recently completing her apprenticeship and she’s done three pieces on me now. Her work is great. Also Derek Campbell is an amazing artist who has traveled the world with his work so I feel grateful to have his art on my body! Oh and of course, RIP Kelly. A wonderful artist taken too soon. 

Any parting words?
Thank you for interviewing me! If anyone is reading this and debating whether to get a tattoo I would urge you to do it. I currently have a 100% persuasion rate of making people go and get one! Oopsie. Life’s too short – go wild. Have fun J
Thanks a lot to Laura 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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