Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Tattoo Talk with Kitty from Kittylovesx

Name - Kitty

Website - 
I run a beauty and lifestyle blog kittylovesx.wordpress.com I'm fairly new to the blogging word but I'm doing well so far. Beauty is something I'm passionate about but I'm not just about that, I will be using my blog to talk about mental health struggles and to share my opinions on products and food.

So what was your first tattoo and how old where you?
My first tattoo is awful, it's "cherry blossoms" on my inner arm. I was 15 (naughty).

Why did you choose that specific design?
I just really wanted a tattoo at the time, I became obsessed and I really like the design, Or at least the one I had in my head. I was showed to stencil and was too excited to realise how bloody awful it was and I went ahead. I almost felt like I couldn't voice my opinions or ask for it to be changed because I knew I was underage and I didn't know how everything worked back then.

How many tattoos do you have currently? What are they?
I have 10 tattoos in total.
Cherry blossoms (not really though) on my inner arm.
A marvel thigh piece that is still ongoing - so far I have the outline and a bit of colour. Thor, Iron man, Captain America, Wolverine & The Hulk.
A small teapot on one hand and a cup of tea on the other.
A 1UP mushroom and super star (super mario) on my inner and outer wrist.
A black work mandala on my elbow.
A neo traditional stopwatch with roses around it on my forearm.
A (Sterling) Archer tattoo on my shin with the words "danger zone" underneath on a banner.
And finally I have lumpy space princess with the words "lump off" underneath on my calf. Also in a neo traditional style.

Do you have a favorite piece? if so what one and why?
Probably my Lumpy space princess because I'm a huge adventure time fan and a friend of mine did it as one of her first "proper" tattoos when she was an apprentice and it's so well done and clean. She really nailed the design and I always get asked about it and get given compliments. If not that, definitely my latest one - The mandala on my elbow. It's so beautiful and we'll done and is going to look great as the center piece when my arm is finished.

Did you do a lot of research in to your chosen artist/artists?
I didn't for my very first tattoo. I was young and stupid and I knew that this studio in particular tattooed underage people so I went there. For the rest yes, I'm older and wiser and I'd like to think I've learnt a lot about tattoos, So I try to stay local and make sure I look at the artists work and visit the studio before I make a decision. Go somewhere clean and professional and try to choose an artist that specialists in the style of tattoo you want.

Are you planning on anymore?
Yes, a lot more. I have so many ideas and I know for sure that I want pretty much my whole body tattooed. The only place I won't be getting tattoo is my intimate areas, face and neck.

A silly question as pain is relative but Most painful tattoo?
I don't personally think that tattoos are painful. There's a feeling there for me but it's something I can easily distract myself from. People have higher pain thresholds than others. That being said, If I had to choose then I would say my elbow. It was the most uncomfortable for me and that burning sensation you get was pretty intense in the area close to the middle of my elbow.

General reaction from friends and family about your tattoos/body mods? Are they happy about you having them?
Most of my friends and family are tattooed or at least have one. The ones that aren't/don't are open minded. The only person that didn't like my tattoos was surprisingly my dad. He is heavily tattooed and was so dissapointed with my first couple of tattoos but it was mostly because he knew my first one was awful and he didn't want me to regret the others like he did with some of his. He came around in time though, I think he just learnt that this is who I am what I like and he respects my decisions. Funnily enough the biggest fan of my tattoos is my nan. She is fascinated by them and says they're lovely haha.

Reactions from members of the public about your tattoos/body mods, Good or Bad?
A bit of both but to be honest mostly good. I think I'm lucky that I live in a city with a lot of different cultures and personalities (Liverpool) I've never really had any abuse or nasty remarks made to my face but I've noticed a lot of older people have given me the odd dirty look and even a head shake from time to time. Other people just tend to ask to have a closer look or tell me they like them. It's children that seem to ask all of the "why" questions which can get a bit awkward at times.
Have you tattoos ever hindered anything you wanted to do, interviews, work, etc?
No, my tattoos are in places that can be easily covered up during an interview and I don't intend to work in a very "serious" industry that maybe my tattoos would affect me. I think that tattoos are becoming a lot less discriminated against these days. They're becoming more popular and common amongest all kinds of people with different personalities and backgrounds which I think helps a lot. It's hard to find somebody that doesn't have at least one tattoo these days. Which is great because let's face it, having a tattoo or ten doesn't affect a person's ability to do a job well.

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

Yes, all the time. If I'm honest, This is probably the most annoying thing about having tattoos. Whenever somebody mentions them it is always the first question but it's also understandable because even I ask sometimes, If I want to know about an area of the body that I am yet to get tattooed. I usually just tell me that I personally don't find them very painful but everybody is different. 
Do you find people will touch your tattoo (body mods) without asking? If so how do you deal with it?
Yes, I will never understand why people think it's acceptable to just grab somebody's body parts about and start asking questions. I struggle with anxiety so for me it makes for a really awkward moment and makes me feel uncomfortable. I tend to react by pulling away.

Shout out to the artist/artists hear
My favourite artists at the moment are Dave Winn - @DaveWinnTattoo on instagram and twitter.
Robert "Bob" Nolan - @tattoobob on instagram and
Julia Wheatley (from dabs tattoo) - @JuliaWTattoos on instagram.

Any parting words?
Always do your research before getting a tattoo. Pick out the right artist for the style of tattoo you want and find them on social media such as Instagram to get an idea of their work and feedback from people. Never go to a scratcher - somebody who does mobile tattoos or who tattoos from their living room. Chances are you will end up with a God awful tattoo done by a person who taught themself using a machine they bought off ebay. Always remember you get what you pay for, never opt for or ask about the cheapest tattoos/artists. They're cheap for a reason - unless they're an apprentice at a reputable studio. Finally, wait until you're at least 18! These rules are in place for a reason and trust me you will regret getting tattooed before you're old enough. You might think you know best but wait until it's ten years down the line and you have a permanent mark on your skin to represent your stupidity (like myself)

Many thanks to Kitty for taking part, be sure to keep up with her blog here
If you would like to take part please shoot me an email or contact me on twitter. 

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