Q1. Where did you get your
first tattoo and do you know by who?
A. Ugh, I don't even
want to give that guy any
props -- it was a small town shop, I was young, didn't
know where else to go. I got a little rose above my
Q2. What was going through
your mind when you got your first tattoo?
A. I got my first when
I was 16 because I saw this
greaser tough chick at school that had a little flower
on her wrist. I was always such a good girl, and I
immediately decided THAT was what I needed! My mom,
god love 'er, went with me and held my hand -- I don't
remember being scared, just feeling really bad ass!
kind of silly, I know!
Q3. Is there a meaning
behind your first tattoo and what is it if you care to share?
A. My first was more
about the act of getting a
tattoo than the actual art itself. I picked the rose
off the wall, and I think it's funny now, in
retrospect, that I got the most old school,
traditional tattoo I can think of -- the rose on the
chest. I just got it covered this year with an
Indian-inspired lotus piece that I designed myself --
it has a lot more meaning to me.
Q4. What is your favorite
tattoo, where is it and why?
A. Before I got my shoulder
done (just last week!)
my favorite was definitely the henna-colored band
around my thigh. Now I think I like my shoulder best,
but it's a hell of a toss up. Billy Franklin, at Blue
Byrd Tattoo, has done all of my work except for the
dragon on my hip. I'll never go to anyone else again!
He just fuckin' rocks.
Q5. What advice can you
give people who are looking to get ink for the first time?
A. Really think about
what you're getting, and where
you're putting it. It might seem silly at the time,
but seriously think about whether it can be covered
with clothing. Also, if you can't take it like a man,
just stay out of the shop -- nobody wants to hear you
whining! Tattooing is a fucking ancient art, and part
of the whole deal is that it's not supposed to be
easy. Also, be very aware that it's hard to stop at
just one -- I think they put heroin in the ink or
Q6. Any Additional Comments
A. I'm done.
gettin' off the soapbox now.