Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Tattoo Talk with Jennie from Life Styled by Jennie


Website- Tell us a bit about your blog if you want
My blog is a lifestyle blog as I am unable to completely devote myself to one single topic: I need the variation. I write about things I get up to, such as travels, events and eating out but also about what I wear and new fun things I buy.  

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

I got my first tattoo when I was 18. I had wanted to get one done ever since I was 12 but my parents said I’d have to wait till I had legal age. I used the money I got when graduating college to get a Swedish rock carving which stands for hope. It’s a man doing a backflip.

Why did you choose that specific design (because I liked it is a perfectly acceptable answer)

I decided to have the rock carving done because I wanted something simple and something that I could see myself wearing for the rest of my life. Hope is the last thing that leaves us so I thought it would be fun having a symbol representing that.

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

I have 4 tattoos in total and hopefully more coming. Apart from my rock carving I've got a tiny spider on my right hand foot, a flower on my right hand wrist and a skull tattoo on my left calf.

Do you have a favourite piece? If so what one and why?
My favourite piece is the flower I have on my wrist. It’s a sun rose, the county flower of Ă–land where I'm from in Sweden. I really like it because it’s beautifully done, so much detail and it makes me smile every time I look at it.

Did you do a lot of research in to your chosen artist/artists?
I can’t really say I do. I listen to what friend and other people are recommending and nowadays it’s a lot easier to do research using Instagram and other social media to find good recommendations. When I had my last tattoo done there was no question of which salon to go to. 

Are you planning on anymore?
I’d like to get one more done, mostly because I prefer uneven numbers. I haven’t thought of what to do but I love Converse so perhaps their logo will end up on one of my ankles.

A silly question as pain is relative but Most painful tattoo?
I’d have to say it’s the skull tattoo I have on my calf. It might sounds silly as I would have said the one on my wrist before having had any of them done. I thought having a lot of fat on my calf would help ease the pain but no. I think it’s because of all the colours and shading that made it feel more painful. You can ready about the story behind my skull tattoo here

General reaction from friends and family about your tattoos/body mods? Are they happy about you having them?
My dad wasn't happy about me getting my first tattoo done: he thought I was ruining my body. I explained I was 18 and could do whatever I wanted, it’s my body. After that he hasn't said much and I do believe he likes the flower I've got. Apart from that everyone else only got nice things to say about them.

Reactions from members of the public about your tattoos/body mods, Good or Bad?
I’ve picked places on my body where the tattoos easily can be covered up so people rarely spot them.  If it’s one they notice it’s my flower and that always get nice comments and people ask why I had it done and what it represents to me.

Have you tattoos ever hindered anything you wanted to do, interviews, work, etc?
No. I thought it could have been a bit frowned upon working as a teacher to have the tattoo on my wrist but I saw teacher getting away with far visible and bigger tattoos so I decided to get it. I believe our society is becoming more open to tattoos, body piercings and our appearance than before. How we look shouldn’t affect the work that we do.  

Do you get asked did it hurt a lot? What do you tell people?
Yes some people do ask about the pain and I'm honest and say I don’t really feel it that much. For me, piercings hurt a lot more but I suppose that’s all down to individual peoples’ pain thresholds. I remember thinking that it felt more like a massage than pain having my first tattoo done. 

Do you find people will touch your tattoo (body mods) without asking? If so how do you deal with it?
No that has never happened to me. It would all depend on if they do it straight away without initial conversation but if we've been talking about the tattoo for a while I suppose it would be different if they then also touched it. 

Shout out to the artist/artists hear if you want :)
All the artists working at Ultimate Skin Tattoo in Leeds are very professional and great artists making you feel comfortable and deliver the exact design you’re looking for. I've been there twice and wouldn't hesitate to go back and friends have been to see them after my recommendations. 

Any parting words?
I just want to thank for this opportunity to talk about and show off my tattoos. I hope you've enjoyed it and I look forward to reading about more peoples’ tattoos here.

Thanks alot to Jennie for taking part, be sure to pop over to Life Styled by Jennie
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