Are you ready to meet an incredible lady who is a beacon of positivity and is blazing a truly inspiring path for herself? That’s Nikki for you. Her blog chronicles her journey as a budding fashion designer and she documents her adventures, insights, and inspirations along the way. It goes without saying that Nikki has killer style but she also has a growing collection of tattoos peaking out from under her lovely threads. Let’s take a closer look.
How old were you when you got your first tattoo? What was it?
I got my first tattoo when I turned 18. It is a hot air balloon on my left wrist that says Sono Libero underneath — “I am free”. (Because freedom is what being 18 is all about, right?) I drew the design myself and then the tattoo artist tweaked it and made it AMAZING.
How many tattoos do you have now?
Now I have 4 tattoos; 3 small ones and a half sleeve design.
What are your thoughts on tattoo regret? Have you ever had any?
I understand tattoo regret — I’ve seen quite a few drunken tattoo mistakes and, er, relationship oriented tattoos usually seem like a bad idea. However, I stand firmly by the belief that tattoos become memories that eventually absorb into your very being as part of your physical body! So there’s really no point in regretting them, because they are a part of your skin that represent a specific point in time, and who you might have been or wanted to be.
I do have a band album art tattoo that I got with my friend, and everyone told me that I would regret it. However the only thing I regret is that we rushed into the process and chose an artist that didn’t do a great job. She actually scarred the tattoo deep into my skin and I wish we would have planned better, but I don’t regret it! It’s a funny story and I will always think of the time my friend and I flew across the country to dance in a music video together when I look at the tattoo.
Do you think tattoos need to have a special meaning or can they be purely aesthetic?
I think even aesthetic tattoos say something about a person. My tattoos all have some special meaning, even if they don’t seem like they do.
Do you have a favourite tattoo? What’s the story behind it?
I don’t have any favorites.
Are there any artists you’re yearning to get work from? There are so many great artists out there. Victor Modafferi in Staten Island does beautiful work and I’m thinking of getting something from him next. I have a few ideas in the works.