Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Tattoo Talk with @Tattoocuppa

Name- Miranda

I don’t have a blog, only Instagram: @tattoocuppa where you can see what I’m up to.

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

I got two tattoos for my first, I thought if I’m going to get shouted at for one it may as well be two!

I got a diamond on my left wrist & a swallow on my right. I was 24, I’m 32 now.

Why did you choose that specific design

I trawled through loads of books and brought one called ‘Tattoo Soup’ it took me from December to March to decide I liked the diamond & swallow, simply because the diamond was clean & simple. The swallow I wanted to eventually incorporate into a sleeve.

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

I’ve lost count now! My left arm is a mish-mash of flowers, My Little Ponies, Care Bears & Disney including some cover-ups. My right arm is a nautical theme with a zombie girl & some flowers thrown in -So some classic Sailor Jerry designs & 60-70s old flash which I love. My left leg has a Jack The Ripper piece on my shin and a Plague Doctor on the back of my calf, mainly because I love history from London! -My next piece there will be an Elizabeth I portrait when I’m brave enough. My right leg has a bunny piece on my lower part & My Grandparent’s house on the back, simply because it was my favourite place growing up. I have a small flower behind My ear & my back has a mermaid & some dragonflies.

Do you have a favorite piece? if so what one and why?

Probably My Grandparents house as it always brings back good memories.

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

I work in a studio, so My artist is My boss! I went to Him before I even thought of working in the industry, recommended by My Mum’s friend. I went in, had a chat & went from there. He’s been tattooing 35 years & I trust him 100%.

Are you planning on anymore?

Alway! But working in a studio I have to fit my time into spaces when we’re quiet, so I probably get tattooed less now I work here. The older I get the more painful it gets, I have to really be in the right frame of mind tattoo wise, but I’m always spotting ideas or thinking of something.

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

Under my arm I have a pirate girl and it was most painful memory wise. Mostly because I was stupid, didn’t eat before & was unprepared. So I went a little wobbly.

General reaction from friends and family about your tattoos/body mods? Are they happy about you having them?

My parents at first took a lot to win around but once they’d been into the studio & seen the cleanliness & artwork they were fine. My Mum was happy I went to a proper studio rather than some scratcher at home. The best was My Nan, who at 90 came with me wanting one too!

Reactions from members of the public about your tattoos/body mods, Good or Bad?

The good outweighs the bad. People always ask if it hurts, why did I chose those designs, the usual questions. I also get told I have some lovely artwork. Bad things have been people asking why a girl would want tattoos, why would I want to ruin My body etc. I do get some stares but I think that’s My whole look with my piercings etc rather than just the tattoos.

Have you tattoos ever hindered anything you wanted to do, interviews, work, etc?

Yes! I used to work at Claire’s who were fab & encouraged individuality 100%, then I went for an interview at Yours Clothing and got told that, although I was everything they were looking for in a manager, they couldn’t employ me unless I covered my artwork whilst at work. That was something I wasn’t prepared to do, so I walked away.

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

Working in a studio I get asked this hundred of times a day! So I tell them the truth -Yes it hurts but it isn’t unbearable. If it hurt that bad people wouldn’t get them! Everyones pain threshold is different.

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

Now & again but not too often! I just smile & answer any questions they have. There’s no point being rude as it just lives up to what people think tattooed people are really like!

Shout out to the artist/artists hear if you want :)

I work at The Tattoo Inn in Harlow Essex. Ian my tattooist & boss has been in the industry for 35+ years & as I said earlier, his knowledge is unreal.

Any parting words?

The classic ‘Think before you ink’ Tattoos I got when I was younger I’ve now not really regretted, but wanted to change to fit in with what I’m getting now. Placement is a must also. I don’t have my hands, neck or face tattooed but it doesn’t mean I don’t like it on others! Just for me, it isn’t the right thing for now. Who’s to say in 5 years time I won’t change my mind ;-)

Thanks to Miranda for taking part, go check out her Instagram to see whats she's up to.

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