The ink on Brandy

Brandy from Springfield, IL

Where did you grow up?
Everywhere! Born in Cali…eventually ended up in Illinois.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
Tough Childhood, Tough upbringing…you realize you are the only person who can influence you!

When did you start getting tattoos?
Senior in High School, me and two other girls got the same one.

How would you describe your style?  
I worked at a girlie store and I was the alternative one, I work at a skate store and I’m the ghetto country one…………I am me!

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Definitely, I see the body as a temple…………some are just prettier to look at!

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
90 percent of my ink means something….even down to the placement.

What’s your favorite piece?
I don’t have one…they all symbolize something different and it makes them each special.

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Definitely, I have a butterfly in the middle of my chest…think it annoys me more when people just stare...I’d rather them approach me, which I also get a lot of. Males and females…young and old!

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
Umm no, when I’m down…having a bad day, I want work done….

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
They all mean something, the phoenix on my side means a new beginning…rising from the ashes…just got a divorce...Trying to rebuild who I am. I also have “brick by brick” down my arm…it represents trying to break down my wall …one brick at a time.

What’s your next tattoo?
A geisha on my other side! Soon!

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Don’t get something you will regret….because you will grow up…you will have a family. Make your ink represent who you are, not what was cool.

What is one thing that life has taught you?                                     No Regrets! If you can’t change what has happened, why worry about it. Live for this moment and realize your past is what has gotten you where you are….made you who you are.

Will you be getting anymore?                                                                                         Umm…. I have a few more ideas but….then again never know!

Do you have a favorite quote?
If you reach for the moon and don’t make it, at least you’ll be among the stars!

Anything else you would like to add? 
Ummm tat’d people are sexy as hell! :)