Tattoo Talk: An Interview with Hannah Webster.

hannah-webster-tattoos2Hannah Webster, 37, Wedding Photographer in Yorkshire Moors

Hannah is an amazing wedding photographer. Her photos have a fun, quirky style that I absolutely love. She’s also a fellow blogcadette and in addition to having the most beautiful lilac hair, she has a kick ass collection of tattoos. I’m especially envious of her pieces by Rebecca Vincent. You should take a closer look for yourself…

How old were you when you got your first tattoo? What was it?
I was 24 when I had my first – a little swirly pattern on my lower back. My least favourite tattoo. It’s just kinda boring. But it got me started. And one day I’ll surround it with stuff that I love.

How many tattoos do you have now?
Two not quite complete full sleeves (hopefully one full day session each required to complete them, booked for March and April of this year), chest piece/collar, upper back piece, right foot and back of both calves. Total of 11 individual designs.

hannah-webster-tattoos3What are your thoughts on tattoo regret? Have you ever had any?
Nope. No regrets here. I had one little tattoo (a small lizard on the front of my right ankle) that I didn’t love so I just added more ink around it so that the tiny little bit that bugged me became irrelevant. I have never regretted it though. I didn’t want to cover it up, it’s part of my tattoo history and I still like what it stands for and how it looks in the larger piece that it is part of today.

Do you think tattoos need to have a special meaning or can they be purely aesthetic?
I think they can be purely aesthetic. Two of mine were. If anything they all represent my love of tattoos! That said, most of mine do have a special meaning for me. Something I want to remember or hold on to, an aspect of my life that seems important. My love of climbing, my travel adventures, my business, my loved ones, my self esteem.

hannah-webster-tattoosDo you have a favourite tattoo? What’s the story behind it?
Oh gosh. I love my peacock sleeve. It’s a two parter though and I love both parts equally. At the top there are two young girls based on myself and my younger sister as kids (she’s holding a doll). It was inspired by the distinctive style of Audrey Kawasaki who paints water colours on wood. The artist (Bez – Triple Six Studio) has tattooed us both extensively and I love the way he represented us, the personality traits he portrayed, the way he sees us and our relationship with one another. The rest of the arm is an abstract peacock design which represents my wedding photography business. When I started out, money was tight. I found it hard to justify spending on ink when I could barely contribute to our household bills. So I decided to earn my tattoo. One session for every 15 weddings booked. The peacock is me showing off my success in a way. Plus, when my talented friend Melissa Love set to work designing my current branding and website she incorporated a peacock into the bonkers-ness of it all. Neither of us knows where she got the idea from – she certainly didn’t know about my plans for the tattoo at the time. It just happened and made total sense.

hannah-webster-tattoos4Are there any artists you’re yearning to get work from?
I want (and am booked in for) more by two of the artists I already have work by. Bez will be finishing off my sleeves this year after a year’s break following a spinal op. He’s such a talented artist – I would love to have a big back piece by him eventually. Rebecca Vincent is adding some creepy crawlie goodness to my upper back and I will doubtless think of more and more things I want her to add to me – I love her work so much and she’s such an awesome person to hang out with too. And I have plans for a big leg piece. Would really love to have Aga Yadou do it. She’s amazing.

If you want to hear more from Hannah (or book her for your wedding!), be sure to check out her website, follow her on Twitter, or like her Facebook page.

Love, shooting stars, and rocket ships,

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