The ink on Aleksandra

Aleksandra from Florida

Where did you grow up?
A conservative suburb of Jacksonville, Florida.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
It was tough being the black sheep in an upper middle class conservative neighborhood due to closed mindedness, but I really feel I've become a more well rounded and sociable person because of it. I can talk to and empathize with anyone now. Its also helped to toughen me up. Snide remarks and dirty looks don’t bother me anymore.

When did you start getting tattoos?
Three years ago.

How would you describe your style?
Wicked traditional. I love old school, but have recently been getting into neo-traditional as well.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
It can be, and should be. Whether it be money or laziness that drives people to choose unclean shops, or scratchers based out of houses... it’s important to spread the word about the importance of finding real artists to create beautiful works of art.

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
Growing, growing, growing!

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
Wanting to remember where I’ve been thus far in life.

What’s your favorite piece?
My stomach or the peacock on my shin.

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
I wouldn't say stare, but I get plenty of glances.

What’s your next tattoo?
Two snakes wrapped around a pair of apples on my other shin. Quite the contrast to the vibrant colors of the other.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Don’t settle on an artist!! I did that in the beginning and have some less than quality pieces to show for it. Patience is a virtue... wait until you’ve shopped around for the right person!

What is one thing that life has taught you?
Who knows? I'm not done learning yet!

Will you be getting anymore?
I’ll never stop.

Do you have a favorite quote?
Life is either an adventure, or nothing.