Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tattoo Talk with Ray from Muertos Mundo

Name- Ray

 I make costume jewellery in my spare time (keeps me out of trouble, see!) 
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So what was your first tattoo and how old where you?
I was the tender age of 18, 
and I went on my own. That was quite some time ago, and I for some reason really 
wanted a woman to do it, so I found someone in Birmingham and she gave me some 
simple little stars (insert groan here) just above my inner elbow (I did want them in 
the ditch, but my eczema was playing up that day) Had I known then what I know 
now, I wouldn't have gone there, and I wouldn't have had something quite so lame. 
Hindsight is a wonderful thing...

Why did you choose that specific design
 Pretty much because I figured stars were simple and pretty non offensive, 
and that my mom would kill me if I got anything bigger...I was surprised when she 
found out and told me I was boring!

How many tattoos do you have currently? What are they? 
I have the stars, a pink bow on the back of the same elbow with a pretty lame rebellious back story (that was my second, again, hindsight...) swirly dots and stars behind my ear and going up over the top into my hairline, a lotus on my wrist, a religious/spiritual half sleeve, swallows on both of my feet, red and blue diamonds on the back of my ankles, and a beautiful piece on the back of my calf in memory of my wonderful Nana (it's my favorite of them all).

Do you have a favorite piece? if so what one and why?
Up until last year when I 
bought my own place with my partner, I had always lived in the house adjoining my 
Grandparents, with a gate in the back garden. My dad not on the scene, my Grandad 
became my father figure, and my Nana was my second Mother, teaching me sewing 
and baking (things my mom didn't have time to do as she was always working!) I was 
there when my Nana suddenly passed away, in the house she brought up her own 
children and grandchildren. I'd always wanted something from Danielle Rose, and 
not long after my Nana passed, I saw she was in my town, and managed to get an 
appointment with her. She gave me a beautiful yellow rose (my Nana's favourite) a 
brown teacup (as close as possible to the tea set we used to have tea parties with) 
and a measuring tape, to signify my Nana's love of sewing (she always made the 
bride's and bridesmaids' dresses for family weddings). It's my absolute favourite, not 
just because of the meaning, but also because the lines on the measuring tape are 
incredibly straight and perfectly spaced!

Did you do a lot of research in to your chosen artist/artists? 
I didn't, to begin with, but 
after the first two tattoos I went elsewhere to a much better artist. He then left by the 
time I went back to get another, so I went somewhere I had always heard good 
reviews about and have been going there ever since. I trust them, it's super clean, 
and they're very professional (One Shot Charlie's in Stourbridge, Lee Pound is my 
go-to guy). When I travelled to Australia, I wanted something to remember the trip 
by, and fellow travellers recommended somewhere. It was abysmal, with images 
blatantly stolen from Google in their portfolio. Needless to say, my arse didn't even 
touch the waiting room couch. 
and just asked me to cover them up with my hair, which I did. I have no issues covering up for a company that respects my choices to have them, and recognizes 
my skills and what I bring to the job (I eventually became a Disney Ambassador too!). If someone ever judged me on my appearance and not my merits, and presumed they would affect who I am and how I do my job, there would be a problem. I left Disney for a better position elsewhere, and luckily the manager there had worked with me previously and knew I was happy to cover up. Customers at work would never know about my tattoos, and most of the staff have never seen them. Last year, we had a company get-together, on a really hot summers evening, so I wore a short sleeved t-shirt... I was suddenly aware that staff from different departments had no idea, and my manager was left telling everyone I had more that were covered, and that she hired me because of my experience and reliability! The head of the Retail Dept has never looked at me the same way since...

Do you get asked did it hurt a lot? What do you tell people?
People always ask if it hurt, and I am always honest. I have quite a high tolerance to most pain and can easily zone out from it, so for me they aren't really what I would call painful. I liken it to a hot scratch, and tell them large areas of colour can get hot and sore. I also point out that if it really hurt, millions of people wouldn't do it!

Do you find people will touch your tattoo (body mods) without asking? If so how do you deal with it?
I did when I had stretched ears, and it really pissed me off. I have a thing about personal space and who I let in it. I was fine with my dentist playing about and putting his instruments in the tunnel (hurr hurr!) but strangers poking glow sticks in it and asking if it was real really got my goat. I just politely asked them to stop, and generally it was okay. I've had people ask me about when they've been raised up (some of mine tend to raise up when I'm ill, which can be quite often due to having an immune deficiency) but they've never touched, thankfully.

Shout out to the artist/artists hear if you want
 I've had some work by Dave Watt (@davidjwatt on Instagram) and I will always return to Lee Pound at One Shot Charlie's in Stourbridge (@OSC_tattoo on Instagram) I've got one piece from Danielle Rose (@daniellerosetattoo on Instagram) and intend on having another from her. 

Any partying words?
Party HARD ;)
In all seriousness, just have fun. You only get one chance at life. Make enough 
money to support yourself, make yourself and others happy. It's your body, do with it 
what you want, and don't judge others for their choices if you don't want to be judged 
by yours. Also, if you're going for a tattoo, take a shower first, and shave if need be! 
Your artist will be grateful!

Thanks to Ray for taking part, make sure to pop over to MuertosMundo.bigcartel.com
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