The ink on Pony Wave

Pony Wave from California

Where did you grow up?
Vladimir, Russia.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
Russia gave me this willing to reach all my goals, to work on myself and keep pushing to improve my skills and to be independent. I am lucky I was raised in Russia, because we all have a very rich inner life and an "enormous soul". Have you ever heard about Russian soul?

When did you start getting tattoos?
I was 18. It was a small star on my back.

How would you describe your style?
Girly, Realistic and New School.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Absolutely!

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
It is progressing with an unbelievable speed. Tattoo industry is everywhere: in show-business, in fashion and in art. Human potential is unlimited. “We all live in interesting times".

What’s your favorite piece?
My sleeve and my chest, another favorite is yet to come.

Do you catch people staring at you because of your ink?
I always do. Although, back home in Russia there were lots of negative views about tattoos, especially by members of older generations. In America I usually receive only positive attitudes and lots of compliments, and it makes me happy.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
The most important thing is to find a good tattoo master, whom you can fully trust. Mutual understanding and confidence are the main aspects in tattooing.

Will you be getting anymore?
I just started.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
Never look back! Don’t waste your time! Don’t let resentment keep you captive!

Do you have a favorite quote?
Never give up!!!

Anything else you would like to add?
Be sincere and honest. Don’t forget to enjoy each moment of our life. Forgive, appreciate and love the life you live. Happiness is simple and "Happiness is only real when shared". Need one person to change the world - YOU!  
Photographers Credit:
Mois Nomois - 1-4. 
Ksenia Ashikhina - 5.

The ink on Lola Rose





Lola Rose from New Mexico

Where did you grow up?
El Paso,TX.

When did you start getting tattoos?
On My 18th birthday. 

How would you describe your style?
That’s a hard question, best way to describe it is me...just me. 

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Yes I do, the time, the thought and the creativity tattoo artist take to make a piece perfect is amazing to me.

Do you catch people staring at you because of your ink?
I do, all the time, mostly in all positive ways. I think tattoos have become less of a taboo and more people are more interested in them than judging people with tattoos.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
My advice for a first timer would be to really think of what they want to get, make sure to look around different shops and consult with many artist until you are completely sure and happy.

Will you be getting anymore?
YES! A lot more!

What is one thing that life has taught you?
Just make sure to live life to the fullest.

Do you have a favorite quote?
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return".

Anything else you would like to add?
If you are ever in El Paso and need a tattoo make sure to stop by Sun City Tattoo Zaragoza and get some work by my artist Myker Yker ( find him on FB).

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The ink on Jennifer Lynn


Jennifer Lynn from Philadelphia, Pa
                                
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Doylestown.

When did you start getting tattoos?
I started getting tattoos very fast. I got my first one as soon as I turned 18, after that I was craving more.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
 I've always had a passion for modeling, I did it when I was a little girl. The tattoos make me more beautiful every new one I get. My goal is to be recognized and for people to admire me. I love both industries of tattoos and modeling. I'm excited to continue my work.

What’s your favorite piece?
My favorite tattoo would be my sugar skull on my thigh. I got this tattoo when I was on the show Ink Masters on Spike TV, that was a pretty cool experience.

Do you catch people staring at you because of your ink?
I catch people eyeing me up all the time because of my tattoos,  but hey, I'll be the center of attention, I don't mind. Guys are the funniest when it comes to my chest piece, dirty minds.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
If I had any advice to give anyone about their first tattoo, I would definitely tell them to not think so hard about it. That's the issue for most people who don't have any but want one. I picked my first tattoo off the wall. That tattoo is now covered by my much prettier side piece.

Will you be getting anymore?
I don't love the pain, but I love the art! I can't wait to keep filling up space, I have way too much empty space!!

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Photographers Credit
Hollow2.5 - 1, 6.
Greg Manis - 2.
Dexter Wetmore - 3, 5.
William Kofron - 4, 7.
Michael Russo - 8.

The ink on Ilaria Pozzi




Ilaria Pozzi from Italy

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Italy, in a little town in front of the sea.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
I think it made me just a little more free.

When did you start getting tattoos?
When I was 14.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Of course, tattoos are a very ancient and very important art form.

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
It's growing so fast and there are always more people are getting tattooed.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I just remember when I was a teenager looking at the tattoo magazines and thinking about which one I would like to get done. I’ve worked and met a lot of great artists and people I love, which have inspired me and have inked my skin.

-Stefano Prestileo from Pinker, Genoa. 
-Mallo and Koke from La Bottega Dei Tatuaggi, Rome. 
-Carlo Fastcolors. 
-Satoru Koizumi and Yoichi from Oneshoot Okinawa, Japan. 
-Krooked Ken and Keelhauled Mike from Blackanchor, Denton, MD USA. 
-Will Roth and Ronnie Lanahan from Nameless, MD USA. 
-Piero Folgori aka Walle from Araba Fenice, Rome.
-Roberto Giavazzi aka Grillo....and someone else.

What’s your favorite piece?
I don't have a favorite piece, I just love some more then others. Everyone has a story good or bad, I really can't tell you just one.

Do you catch people staring at you because of your ink?
Sometimes, yes.

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
They make me happy.

What’s your next tattoo?
A duck on my left foot.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Don't be afraid.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
Have fun, eat good, sleep well.

Do you have a favorite quote?
If you have nothing, you don't have nothing to lose.

Photographers Credit:
Gabriele Rigon - 1, 2
Giorgia Borneto  3
Fulvio Maiani - 4
Gabriele Rigon & Azhar Jewels - 5
Gabriele Rigon & Petite Coquine Lingerie - 6
Mario Caponi & MUA Francesco Cesarini - 7