Stacey K., 29, DJ, writer, & blogger at The Delight Adventure
I’m happy to announce that after all of your enthusiastic feedback, I’ve decided to continue with the Tattoo Talk series. It was wonderful to find out how many of you connected with new bloggers, discovered new artists, and even changed your minds about tattoos because of the interviews. And hey, for me, a big part of being an urban pixie is adorning my skin with beautiful art, so I’m looking forward to continuing to celebrate that every week.
To relaunch the series, I’m excited to introduce you to Stacey, who I’ve gotten to know via Twitter and who is showing off her tattoo collection to us today.
How old were you when you got your first tattoo? What was it? I was 23, and I got my first tattoo in Idaho, while en route from Phoenix back home to Edmonton. It’s 6 stars on my shoulder, and was done by kyle miller who is now at A Mind’s Eye in Boise, Idaho.
How many tattoos do you have now? I’ve got seven and counting!
What are your thoughts on tattoo regret? Have you ever had any? I don’t have any tattoo regret. Sometimes I wish I had gone a bit bigger with the one on my shoulder, but since it was my first one, it already felt so big and visible at the time. I feel that even if you outgrow the design or style of earlier tattoos, if nothing else, they are a reminder of a previous time in your life and a person you were at one point, whether you’ve changed a lot or a little since then.
Do you think tattoos need to have a special meaning or can they be purely aesthetic? I think they can be either! I definitely gravitate towards tattoos with significance, to remember a time, place, person or lesson, but like any piece of art, they don’t need to be steeped in meaning to be beautiful. I love it when i hear people say that they chose the tattoo artist because they loved their work, and gave the artist license to create something unique and beautiful.
Do you have a favourite tattoo? What’s the story behind it? I love both the pieces on my right arm. They were done by a tattooist friend, and they remind me of the best parts of a certain season of my life – living in Christchurch, New Zealand. The sparrows and heart on the inside of my arm were done first, when my friend was just getting started as a tattoo artist, and the one on the outside was done three years later, when he was more established. I love that you can see the progression of his talent, and i love the simple, old-school style of the first one. The newer ‘welcome home’ piece with the postcard and teacup is my very favourite, though. It is full of symbols about my time in New Zealand and everything I learned there. My friend and artist of these pieces is Antony von Ratcorpse, and he is now at Blue Lady Tattoo in Melbourne, Australia.
Are there any artists you’re yearning to get work from? I would LOVE a piece by Angelique Houtkamp, of course. I also daydream about Florian Karg creating a huge trash polka-esque piece for my back, getting something tiny and pretty by Alex Strangler, and something intricate and feminine by Miss Juliet in Italy.
Thank you so much, Stacey! I loved hearing about how your tattoo journey has progressed and your personality really shines through with each piece.