Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Tattoo Talk with Charlotte from clxsaywhat

Name- Charlotte

Tell us a bit about your blog if you want.
I started my blog during a time of illness just as something to pass the time and distract myself , it then kinda grew, a lot of it is based on life observations, with the odd fashion , beauty and food bits thrown in. I also vlog bits of my life on Youtube.

So what was your first tattoo and how old where you?
My first tattoo was a pretty common one, stars on my right wrist. got a few days after my 18th birthday, originally it didn't have a particular meaning, I just thought it was pretty. However both my younger brothers then went and got stars on their wrists on their 18th birthdays so its become something that ties us all together.

Why did you choose that specific design?
I thought it was pretty.

How many tattoos do you have currently? What are they?
I have around 15, all colour. My left arm is mainly blues & greens while my left is more pinks and purples.

Do you have a favorite piece? if so what one and why?
This is my absolute favourite piece, dedicated to my Grandad, A wise Grandad owl sat with a Charlotte owl. I've always been a Grandad's girl and I think this really captures that. I'm still lucky enough to have him here with me and all though unfortunately he won't be around forever my tattoo will. Plus I thought the design was different to anything else I'd seen before.

Did you do a lot of research in to your chosen artist/artists?
I've been to a couple of different artists and where I go depends on the design that I'm looking for. I definitely did my research and asked around for recommendations.There are some great tattoo artists in Cornwall that don't get near enough recognition.

Are you planning on anymore?
Yes of course. Whenever I get a new tattoo I'm sat thinking about the next one while I'm being inked. So much of my body is still a blank canvas.

A silly question as pain is relative but Most painful tattoo?
In theory I'd like to say getting my side / ribs. This picture is just the top and then it goes round and down to my hips
However, I booked in to get some new ink on the side of my thigh. Paid the deposit, the design was all sorted and after waiting 2 months for the big day, I dislocated my hip that side 36 hours before. I knew I'd lose the deposit and have to wait another 2 months if I cancelled so braved it out anyway. Up two flights of stairs ,on crutches to sit at the strangest angle and the burning sensation of a tattoo means that what should of been a small pretty easy piece was actually the most painful.

I think it was worth it :) The artist was brilliant that day.

General reaction from friends and family about your tattoos/body mods? Are they happy about you having them?
I've never received a complaint and with the exception of my dad everybody has some ink of their own. I'm certainly more confident since I started getting tattooed and I think that shows. So if I'm happy with the work, everybody else is too.

Reactions from members of the public about your tattoos/body mods, Good or Bad?
I've been told I ruined myself and that I didn't need to cover myself in 'doodles'. No I didn't, but I feel more like myself this way. My ink is a part of me. I couldn't imagine being without them. However 99% of people comment on how nice they are and I've found them to be a good ice breaker / conversation starter when meeting new people.

Have you tattoos ever hindered anything you wanted to do, interviews, work, etc?
Nope never. I guess I've been pretty lucky in that way.

Do you get asked did it hurt a lot? What do you tell people?
I don't get asked this as much as you'd think. I tell people that ultimately the pain is worth it.

Do you find people will touch your tattoo (body mods) without asking? If so how do you deal with it?
This used to really bug me. It tends to be something drunk people do , often in the smoking area at bars/ clubs. Most people have some form of common sense that says don't go randomly touch a stranger without asking. As I've been a non drinker for just over a year now. This doesn't happen half as much as it used to.

Shout out to the artist/artists hear if you want :)
For every artist that I've been lucky enough to have ink me. Thank you :) If you're ever looking to get inked in Cornwall, Do your research and remember cheap tattoos aren't good and good tattoos aren't cheap.

Any parting words?
Tattoos are like scars with better stories.

Many thanks to Charlotte for agreeing to take part, be sure to keep up with her Blog here and Youtube here. If you would like to take part please shoot me an email or contact me on twitter, 
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