Tattoo Tuesday

Name or Alias: Darlin Nikki
Age: 30
Occupation: police dispatcher
Age of first tattoo: 19
Favorite tattoo: I love all my tattoos because they each have meaning to me. Currently though my favorite tattoo (which is still in progress) is a my zombie girl based after a Glenn Arthur piece
Featured tattoo/location: Zombie girl, left forearm
Artist/shop/location of feature tattoo: Amy Bug when she was still with Grimm's Tattoo (she's now with Ink Parlor) in Kansas City, MO

about your featured tattoo- is there a background story about why you chose it, or maybe a special meaning?  I've always loved horror and zombie movies it's a genre my mom got me into at a very young age. And I've also been a huge fan of Glenn Arthur's work, so when I saw his zombie girl piece I knew I had to have it as my "mom" tattoo. It covered my mom and mine's love for horror/zombie stuff and the piece also includes a zombie hummingbird which is my mom's favorite bird.

2) Do you have any other tattoos? If so, what do you have and where? I have 3 other tattoos. A Celtic cross on my left shoulder, the quote "I don't want to go to sleep, In all my dreams I drown." (Its lyrics from a song) on my right ribs, and the quote "Alis Volat Propriis" (which means by her own wings she flies?) on my left hip.

3) Do you plan on getting more? Yes, definitely. I already have a few ideas swirling around in my head. Including a Tim Burton inspired sleeve.

4) How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)? Have you run into any adversity or negativity because of them?
My friends are cool with them, as a majority of them are also tattooed. Most of my family is fine with my tattoos. My dad isn't thrilled with them, he doesn't understand the need or desire to decorate one's skin with tattoos. And my oldest sister doesn't seem to quit understand the desire to get a tattoo either. Before I got my zombie girl most people couldn't tell I had them unless I wore a top where you could see my cross Or was in a bikini, but I still heard the comments/questions "Why would you do that to your body??", "Do you have any idea how those will look when you get older??", "Do you realize how that's gonna look if you ever get pregnant??" (In reference to my hip tattoo), etc

5)What's the most interesting experience you've ever had in regards to your tattoos?
The most interesting thing I think is when strangers come up and grab my arm or shoulder to see my tattoo better. Always catches me off guard and I find it rude having my space bubble invaded so much by someone I don't know.

6) Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed but haven't gotten one yet? Choose something that means something to you. Also do your research on artists and talk with them about what you want and if you don't completely love what they draw up say something because this is something that will be on your body forever.

7) What is your least favorite part of being tattooed? Do you have any stories/advice to people who are not tattooed? Least favorite part is when I'm getting a tattoo and I'm not sure how bad it'll sting so I always mentally prepare for the worst pain (which is never as bad as I think it'll be). For those not tattooed and wanting to get tattooed everyone's pain tolerance is different, I'm a big wuss to pain but tattoos are tolerable for me, it basically feels like (to me anyway) something scratching across the skin repeatedly the most painful spots for me are skin over bone areas and elbow crease of the arm. And to those not tattooed and don't wish to have one please don't ask someone why they got tattooed, or if they thought about how it'll look when they're older because frankly you're not the first person to say it and honestly it's annoying, because I for one shouldn't feel like I need to defend my tattoos or feel like I'm a bad person for having them.

Credits: Zombie girl tattoo by Amy Bug with Ink Parlor; Celtic cross, rib tattoo, and touch up/re-inking of hip tattoo by Elmo Boyd with Catalyst Arts; original artwork of hip tattoo Josh Allen

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