Kat Kalashnikov from Charlotte, NC
Where did you grow up?
Outside of Charlotte.
How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
Yes, a lot. I was raised in the museum, my mother worked there, so I was surrounded by taxidermy. I also went to Catholic school.
When did you start getting tattoos?
After I graduated from high school.
How would you describe your style?
Gutter Glam. Period.
Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
I believe they are, also I see a lot of people use it as a fashion statement instead, which is taking one art form and using it as another unlikely art form.
How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
Becoming more and more mainstream, which is wonderful to profit off of. I think various breeds will appear out of the woodwork, and the world will see some really unique individuals.
What has been your inspiration for getting them?
A lot of my tattoos are from things I hold dear, negating religious symbols, guns, blood, dead things, and fairy tale characters. Screw wearing my heart on my sleeve, I wear my personality. That way you know what you’re in for.
What’s your favorite piece?
I do love my gun spine, a series of Lugers ending at double barreled derringers.
Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Constantly. I’m okay with it.
In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
Not really, I was the same creature when I was completely commercial looking.
What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
My crosses. The crucifix on my crotch, and then an upside down cross over a crucifix brand I gave myself on my thigh. I like the idea of not really being against religion, just un-bias to it.
What’s your next tattoo?
My, “Valenswine”, on my thigh (a pig skeleton in a heart) and the words baba yaga on my toes.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Make sure it’s uniquely you, try to be something different.
What is one thing that life has taught you?
Excessive ambition isn’t a sin. And if it was, it still wouldn’t stop me.
Will you be getting anymore?
Tons, I want my legs and arms covered, and my torso.
Photo credits in order:
Justin Kates, Reginald Sumner, Ed Frazier, Mojokiss, Michael Church.