Ashley Shelton from Texas
Where did you grow up?
Irving Texas a suburb of Dallas.
How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
Great!! I loved it. My biggest influence is my mother. She has a half sleeve.
When did you start getting tattoos?
On my 18th bday!!
How would you describe your style?
Edgy, urban and trendy.
Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Absolutely they're an expression of art & individuality.
How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
Booming! Glad it's doing so well. I just hope people know these are permanent decisions!
What has been your inspiration for getting them?
Rebirth & regrowth in myself. Kinda reinventing myself.
What’s your favorite place?
In the US definitely Miami, around the world I love all beaches!!
Do you catch people staring at you because of your ink?
Yes. Sometimes in a positive way, sometimes in a negative way.
In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
Not really, but they definitely give me more confidence!
What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
Probably the red Pegasus I have on my arm. It's a Dallas city symbol & reminds me of my dad.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Go big or go home! Make sure it's something you're gonna want in 20/30 years.
Will you be getting anymore?
Absolutely they're addicting.
What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
Knowing I'm here for a reason. Might not be fame, but it's for a purpose.
What is one thing that life has taught you?
Never give up on yourself.
Do you have a favorite quote?
"It takes time to build castles."
Anything else you would like to add?
Lyndon Maristela Photography