Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Tattoo Talk with Erika from Eclectic Enchantments

Erika Holt

Eclectic Enchantments is really an extension of me. It is filled with things I love and that have happened to me. I try my best to write about things I am passionate about and things that will hopefully help others. Subjects range from beauty and fashion to cooking and crafts, health and the more quirky.

So what was your first tattoo and how old where you?
I was 18 and a friend was learning to tattoo. He came to my flat, as did about 10 of my mates, I cooked and he tattooed me. It is the Japanese kanji for winter.
Why did you choose that specific design?
 I have always been drawn to Japanese culture and the language, one of my oldest friends is Japanese, she lives in Tokyo and has had a profound impact on my life. So it represents our friendship and my love of winter.

How many tattoos do you have currently? What are they?
I currently have ten individual tattoos and a half sleeve. They are winter in Japanese, an Art Nouveau inspired water colour piece, two birds on a branch, a vintage pinup riding a bomb, my wedding ring, Harley Quinn & The Joker Lego characters (Arkham), a quote to remind me to stand up for myself, a tribal piece with a butterfly, a small elephant holding a flower and the word live. My half sleeve is a bit of my personality and includes Japanese Geisha, Alice in Wonderland, Harley Quinn a as pinup, poppies, sunflowers, a finch, ivy and a butterfly. It isn't finished yet.

Do you have a favourite piece? if so what one and why?
My favourite piece is a toss up between my half sleeve and the word Live which is on the inside of one of my fingers.
Did you do a lot of research in to your chosen artist/artists?
My tattooist is a very good friend of mine and has done all but two of my tattoos.

Are you planning on anymore?

A silly question as pain is relative but Most painful tattoo?
I have a high pain threshold and don't really find tattoos
painful. I would say if I had to pick that my wedding ring tattoo was painful for a second as the tattoo reached my knuckle.
General reaction from friends and family about your tattoos/body mods?
Are they happy about you having them?
People generally are appreciative of them. I haven't had anyone close to me say anything derogatory.

Reactions from members of the public about your tattoos/body mods, Good or Bad?
I have only had good reactions and one slightly creepy over the top on where a guy was caressing my arm and got down on one knee asking me to marry him at a festival.

Have your tattoos ever hindered anything you wanted to do, interviews, work, etc?
No. If it did then that particular thing wouldn't be for me, Tattoos are a part of who I am and an extension of my personality, I feel that people should accept me for me, as I do them.

Do you get asked did it hurt a lot? What do you tell people?
All the time. I say not really and explain how the pain is more of a scratch and the area tends to go numb quickly anyway.

Do you find people will touch your tattoo (body mods) without asking? If so how do you deal with it?
The guy at the festival is my first to do that. It was really awkward and I tried to remove myself from the situation. I had to tell him in the end to stop as I was extremely uncomfortable. He then proposed to me and spent about half an hour apologizing!
Shout out to the artist/artists hear if you want!
My tattooist is Matt at Feed The Monster Tattoo Studio in Halifax, West Yorks.

Any parting words?
I see a lot of people make comments online about tattoos looking awful when you're old and would like to say that they wont look any different to now, a tattoo is mostly personal and means something to the person who has it. It is an extension of them and as such with look just as awesome when they are 80 as it does now. Age doesn't change the person you are inside.

Many thanks to Erika 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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