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Q&A: Tattoo Edition

Saturday, 8 April 2017
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Today I thought I'd do something a little bit different here on the blog. There are several topics I'd like to discuss more on my wee corner of the internet, and among these include my mental health experiences; general lifestyle where I'll branch out into a couple of things I haven't much looked at before; and body mods. Today's post was going to be one on just a couple of these things, but it felt like I'd be stretching it a bit by making a whole post on one or two of these common tattoo queries, so I figured I'd just turn it into a Q&A. Some of these were asked by you on Twitter (thank you!) but most I just put together as they are quite frequent Qs that come up in relation to tattoos and that I'm asked often by people. 

I hope you find this interesting!

Q: WHAT DO YOU DO IF SOMEONE DOESN'T LIKE YOUR INK?
A: I'm lucky enough that most people close to me like my tattoos and are very supportive, and the only people who don't consider themselves fans are my grandmother (no shock there - she is the stereotypical old-fashioned old lady, ha), my dad and I don't think my brother is particularly fond either, although I always thought he would be given he is the most gifted of the two of us when it comes to art and drawing. However it comes down to who is saying what - if it's randoms I've just met or people's friends, I am pretty much like 'cool story bro' if they ever say anything, but it gets tricky when it comes to being in the work environment. When I was on checkouts I had customers laugh at my tattoos or make faces or make a comment on how young I was to be having them. I didn't have much choice but to keep my mouth shut or risk getting into trouble from my supervisors. Overall I think those that judge or make comments need to step back and wonder 'why does it bother me so much?' before they go and open their big mouths.

Q: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF COUPLES TATTOOS (MATCHING, NAMES ETC)? 
A: I'm not one for names, I think that's a bad idea. I don't think it's the "kiss of death" in a relationship like many people do, but I can't imagine getting Jack's name tattooed anywhere, not even somewhere like my ribs where it wouldn't be on display very often. As for matching tattoos, I think they're pretty awesome, regardless of whether they're with a friend or partner. I think it's a nice idea - again, I probably wouldn't ever get it, but I don't see the issue with it. As long as that other person is happy with it and has thought all the obvious things out - like what happens if they break up - then that's cool.

Q: WHAT TATTOOS WOULD YOU NEVER GET? 
A: I'm not big on tribal, although partly this is because of the kinds of people it is now associated with, I'm also just not big on the designs in general. I also wouldn't get anything like naked bodies or sexually explicit tattoos. I think the art work is cool quite often (Lucy Blue does some cool bondage babes) but I'm personally not into having that tattooed on me forever - and God forbid it be somewhere I couldn't hide, haha!

Q: DO YOU THINK THERE'S SUCH THING AS A BAD TATTOO?
A: I think sometimes people can be right dicks about what other people get on their bodies, and sometimes people can blur the line between what they don't like as a tattoo and what's actually been poorly designed or badly tattooed. Often there's nothing wrong with the concept, it's just been executed poorly.

Q: WHAT DOES YOUR PARTNER THINK OF YOUR TATTOOS? WOULD HE EVER INFLUENCE WHETHER YOU GOT ONE OR NOT? 
A: On the whole I think Jack likes them. I think I'm the only person he's been involved with that's very serious about tattoos and I've been planning my sleeve ever since we got together, so he's grown accustomed to the idea of me being a bit more tattooed than I was when we first met etc. If there are any that Jack doesn't like though, or he doesn't like the idea of one when I tell him, he knows that his opinion pretty much means jack shit, haha. I get them for me and that's just how it is, so his opinion never comes into it. The only time it does is if I'm wondering if I should get or X or Y in specific place, then I might ask for opinions from those close to me, or if I ever was thinking of getting a tattoo for him. I'd only get it if he was OK with that. It's something that's a long way off but I'd like to get something simple yet symbolic for him later in life.

Q: IS YOUR PARTNER TATTOOED? IF NOT, DO YOU WISH THEY WERE? 
A: Jack isn't tattooed at all! At one point, long before we met, he had several piercings but he has never been inked. I'd love it if he got one, but I don't wish he was tattooed at all. If he ever wanted to get one I'd be 100% behind it, but I don't think he ever will. I've asked him about it before but it doesn't look like it's ever gonna be on the cards for him. I think it would be cool if he did but it's cool that he doesn't want one, too. Plus, he has super nice, blemish-free skin so I'm a tad glad he won't be getting it covered up, ha. 

Q: WHICH ONE HURT THE MOST?
A: Certain areas for sure hurt more than others. Towards my toes and the anklet on my foot tattoo were both pretty bad, I also hated getting my wrist done - bony areas are the fucking worst. In recent years, there are two that spring to mind. One is the Ankylosaurus I got done on my thigh in Glasgow - it was a four hour session and I find it really hard to sit for that long. There was so much line work which made for my skin feeling raw as fuck by the time it came to shading that I found it so hard to keep going through with it - the reason I did was cos by that point I was like, may as well just stay the whole hog rather than having to trek back at a later date to get it finished! The other one was the script I got done on my the underside of my bicep - that's such a fragile area and I salute anybody who gets a big piece done there cos holy fuck that was so uncomfortable! 

Q: DO YOU THINK YOU'LL GET ANY REMOVED? DO YOU REGRET ANY? 
A: Probably not. I'm pretty happy with everything I've had done. The only issue I can say that I have right now is the tattoo on my left thigh. It was done quite low down so I have quite a lot of space above it that I'd like to fill but I don't know how - I feel like getting another separate piece will make it look like I'm starting to get my leg covered but I have no intentions of really getting any more leg tatts, so ideally I'd like to add to it.. but I don't know what or how!

Q: DO YOU EVER HAVE TIMES WHERE YOU DON'T LIKE ANY OF THEM?
A: No! I'm happy to say that so far I've only woken up and been like 'that looks fucking awesome'. 

Q: DO YOU FEEL LIKE THEY ALWAYS HAVE TO MEAN SOMETHING?
A: Not at all! I generally have a reason for most of them, but some of the reasons are small and silly. I think it's reason enough to just want a really cool whatever it is tattooed on you - "it's pretty" is enough for me.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TATTOO?
A: I can't say I have a total absolute favourite. I think my phoenix would be a good contender because of the meaning and because it was the true beginning of my sleeve, plus it's fucking gorgeous, but overall I think everything I've ever had done by Jake Galleon (he's done most of the work on my sleeve, as well as my foot tattoo) is my favourite because his work is just spot-on and beautiful, and I'm very happy with everything he comes up with (plus he's cool as fuck). 

Q: WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF TATTOOS IN GENERAL/YOUR TATTOOS?
A: Dad hates them but no longer makes comments about them - in all honesty I don't think he notices when I get a new one! My mum is the polar opposite - she likes them! She has several herself and we have a matching tattoo together, so it's cool. She's always very supportive of what I get and who it's by, although I think my pieces by Jake Galleon are her fave and she's looking to get herself booked in with him when he guests back in Edinburgh. 

Q: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TATTOOS?
A: Plan, plan, plan - make sure you want it and can see yourself with it forever. Don't get tattooed whilst underage. Go to a good artist - do your research on local tattoo shops. If your parents have a huge problem with you being tattooed and you're living under their roof, then I'd say you kinda have to listen to them and I'd recommend not doing it. It's a tough one because I know my dad hates them, but my mum liking them balances it out - my dad doesn't say anything cos he's outnumbered. I think parents shouldn't be so controlling once you're 18 and they should realise you can make your own decisions, but to an extent you do have to respect their wishes. Try to talk to them reasonably and don't have a tantrum, and maybe try to negotiate with them - e.g. you will wait another year before getting it so they know you really want it, or start with a really small piece. 

So that's it! That's a wrap for this Q&A - if you have any more questions feel free to leave them below and I'll answer them. I really enjoy talking about tattoos and I look forward to being able to really share mine and their stories with you in the future. I don't know when I'll film a vid on my ink, maybe at the end of the year, but it's this scary thing where I hate the idea of putting them on the internet and having them stolen, but I know I should just think anything is liable to be stolen when it's online and most of my artists have already added what they've tattooed on me to their Instagram anyway. Once I work past this fear a little bit more I'll be sitting down to record an in-depth vid all about my tattoos and it's super exciting - I hope you will look forward to it too! 

Thanks for reading! If you have your own tattoos let me know what you think of my responses and these questions, and if you don't have any, do you want to get one?

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