Name: Angela Lexow
Occupation: Artist/Yoga instructor
Age you got your first tattoo: 1st tatt at 36 years old
Favorite tattoo: henna piece
Featured tattoo location: arm/shoulder
Artist / Shop / Location: Tatts by Looking Glass Tattoo and Gallery (Judith White and Chris Lyon)
Please tell us about your featured tattoo:
I chose henna/mehndi because many years ago a friend of mine and I used to give her mother’s spa clients henna tattoos during open house days. We had them too and I never wanted them to fade away! The newest part going down my arm in still in progress.
Other tatts- The half sleeve is connected all the way up my shoulder and around to my shoulder blade. I also have a Celtic mandala tattoo on my lower back. That one has several meanings that are very personal.
Yes, I plan on more! Going to continue the half sleeve to the inside of my arm. I will probably do something else on my back from the Celtic tattoo.
My friends are fine with my tattoos and many have their own. My family? lol – that is another story.... My dad shrugs his shoulders and says “whatever! I don’t get it but its your body!” My mom DESPISES them and won’t even speak of them to me. She talks to my husband, kids, friends about them, but not me. I guess she is trying to avoid an argument (?) She did tell my sons, “back in my day only people in biker gangs got tattoos!” Lol – My kids told her things have changed A LOT. Occasionally I get a dirty look, usually from older women, but I just shrug it off.
Most interesting experience? – Because I am an artist, my studio is open every First Friday. I usually wear something that shows my tatts. I have had many women tell me they don’t usually like tattoos, but mine is tasteful I also had a 80 year old lady ask me once where I get my work done. Then she proceeded to tell me where she has gotten all 8 of her tattoos done!
Advice? – Research shops and tattoo artists before you get a tattoo. Be sure you like the work done there and that they are clean and safe. Try to find a tattoo artist that is truly an artist (creating more than just tattoos). Then you can take a general idea of what you want in, and let them add their touch to it – it becomes a piece of art on your body.
My least favorite part of getting a tattoo is the healing – especially the “itch” stage!! You have to try so hard not to touch it but it is crazy itchy!
Story to learn from – I decided to get my first tattoo without researching shops and artists. I just chose the only one I knew of in town. When I went in, the artist seemed irritated to talk to me about my tattoo, but told me he would have a drawing in a week. I went back in a week and it was not done. They said come back in 2 days. When I went back 2 days later, it was still not done. He said come back tomorrow. When I went in the next day he had a giant “drawing” done that was the outline of 3 fish in a circle (it did NOT look Celtic, it looked like a sportsman’s tattoo). Being an artist, I went home and drew exactly what he drew in 5 minutes. I decided not to go back to him and that shop and just wait. About a year later I was introduced to Looking Glass tattoo. They are all amazing artists and made me feel comfortable and at ease RIGHT away. That is the only place I will get my ink now. And I am sure to tell everyone who asks they need to go there too.