Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Tattoo Talk With Lisa Ferla

Name: Lis Ferla

Mine is a Glasgow-based culture and lifestyle blog, but the thing that sets it apart is I've been doing it for 16 years this year (10 of which have been on my own domain).  I tend to write about culture, lifestyle, music, fashion, what's going on in the city, mental health stuff, feminist rants - and share the occasional cat photo too.

So what was your first tattoo and how old where you?
I was 26; it's the artwork from Ryan Adams' Cold Roses album on the inside of my left wrist.

Why did you choose that specific design?
I actually blogged about this at the time because I am a big nerd, but basically: Ryan Adams was a great musical love of mine when I was struggling with depression for the second time, and the positioning of it on the inside of my wrist is a symbolic reminder of surviving that. For my first tattoo, I wanted something pretty that I could look at every day but that also wasn't so dramatic that it would be a problem working in a professional environment.

How many tattoos do you have currently? What are they? 
I have three: the Cold Rose, the words "Certain Songs..." on the back of my right shoulder and a custom piece based on Bikini Kill's Singles artwork and the music from the Sleater-Kinney song "One More Hour" underneath that.

Do you have a favorite piece? if so what one and why
It's the third one of those, which was designed for me by a good friend when I won a Facebook giveaway to celebrate her and her husband's studio getting 1,000 likes on Facebook :D It incorporates two of my best musical loves and just looks awesome.

Did you do a lot of research in to your chosen artist/artists?
Not really. My first two tattoos were in places I'd walked by frequently and liked the look of from the street (my first was actually a walk-in). I knew Steph's work but she was already a friend!

Are you planning on anymore? 
I don't feel as though I "need" another one, but I have an idea in my head for a Frank Turner-related foot piece... I hear the feet are really painful to get done though so I dunno.

A silly question as pain is relative but Most painful tattoo?
Probably the custom one, just because it took the longest. I have a pretty high tolerance for tattoo-related pain, I actually fell asleep for a bit while getting my Certain Songs done!

General reaction from friends and family about your tattoos/body mods? Are they happy about you having them?
My tattoos are quite subtle, and I have friends who are properly into body modification, so I've only ever had positive comments. My mum liked the wrist tattoo, but wasn't so keen on my bigger ones. I remember when I got the wrist one done going into work the next day, and my then-colleague grabbing at it and sighing "oh well, at least it won't show up in your wedding pictures". Note that one of the pictures I have attached is from my wedding, and I flippin' love it (both the picture, and the tat).

Reactions from members of the public about your tattoos/body mods, Good or Bad? 
You only really see mine if you're looking for them, so I rarely get reaction from the public. Because they're all music-related, sometimes people spot them at concerts and strike up a conversation if they're into the same bands or musicians.

Have you tattoos ever hindered anything you wanted to do, interviews, work, etc?
My day job is in quite a professional environment, but I can honestly say that they have never been an issue. It probably helps that my line manager's line manager has fantastic tattoos, albeit in places they can be easily covered up when the professional need arises.

Do you get asked did it hurt a lot? What do you tell people? 
Ha, it's always the first thing that non-tattooed people ask when they see/hear about your tattoos, isn't it? I'm always pretty honest with them, and the falling asleep story is always a good one to come out with in company.

Do you find people will touch your tattoo (body mods) without asking? If so how do you deal with it? This has never happened to me, probably because of how subtle my tattoos are (except for once, when a friend bounded up to me at a Hold Steady show keen to see the Certain Songs one in person, but it was appropriate in the moment so it was cool). As a self-professed Angry Feminist, I would give at the very least a stern talking-to to anybody who was to violate my bodily autonomy in such a way :D

Shout out to the artist/artists hear if you want
Steff and Colin Wood of Bones and Smithereens in Greenock.

Any parting words?
I think that's everything, thanks for having me!

Wedding photo is by Neil Thomas Douglas

Thanks alot to Lisa for taking part, be sure to pop over to Lisa's blog to have a look around.
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