The ink on Kristen Leanne

Kristen Leanne from California

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in San Diego, I moved out when I was seventeen and hit the road for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I had a boyfriend there.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
What influenced me were my friends and my upbringing. My parents are Christian and they were pretty hard on me. I wasn’t allowed to do much and I had to be home before dark if they even let me go anywhere. I hung out with the punk rock stoners – my friend Jessica taught me the ropes as she was older. She’s one of my best friends to this day.

When did you start getting tattoos?
I started wanting to get tattoos in middle school, then meeting my friend Jessica in high school made it more than a want, it made it a “need”.

How would you describe your style?
There’s no describing it. I’m not only a chameleon in the modeling world between high fashion jobs, commercial and alt, I’m also a chameleon in my day to day life. So my style is whatever I feel like that day. Just last night a guy asked me, “what is that style? Are you a sailor?” I said, “No, I’m Kristen. What are you, an asshole?” I dislike most of the human population. If you think outside the box and do what you want, they always have to try and make you feel stupid.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
I don’t consider anything serious really. I do consider it an art form. I love to be able to collect someone’s permanent artwork (mixed with my likes and ideas).

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
Well the first love I ever had was a tattooer in LA. I was introduced to the tattoo culture through him and viewed everything as he viewed it. I adopted his opinions and thoughts and slightly changed them to form my own. I still see most of it the way he does though. I think it’s great. But it has also attracted so many fucking posers and losers. Everywhere you look there’s some douche bag trying to tattoo and he can’t even draw a stick figure. But then again, hey, we need those losers to tattoo the losers that want butterfly tramp stamps right?

What’s your favorite piece?
I don’t have one. They’re like your children, you don’t really ever have a favorite. Well I guess that’s a bad example because I don’t like kids, but you get the point.

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Yes, but because of these lame tattoo television shows that make them feel comfortable with people with tattoos they have the balls to come up and grab at me and ask me about them. Let’s all start being serious assholes to rude people like that again like back in the old days. Then maybe they wouldn’t over step their boundaries and grab at everyone with tattoos and ask them lame questions.

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
No, they’re just a part of me. I change my mood.

What’s your next tattoo?
My next tattoo will be on my right calf. I’m getting it in 3 days. It’s a two headed vulture sitting atop a dead girls head, courtesy of the amazing Eric Kuiken of Guru Tattoo in SD. He knows how to draw hot women! WWW.ENOSART.COM

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
It will be there forever and your kids WILL ask you about it… and so will your next boyfriend.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
To those of us that live in the REAL world, not mommy and daddy’s world..nothing is ever given to you. You have to make it happen for yourself. Ambition is key.

Will you be getting anymore?
The only part of me that I do NOT want tattoos is my chest and the front of my neck. Everything else will be done someday.

What do you do for a living?
Following in my dad’s footsteps! I own two businesses. I own a jewelry line that I design called,
Sideshow By The Sea –
My signed prints are available in the gallery section.
I also own a workshop called,
Housewife To Sex Kitten –
On top of those two things, I bartend and I’m also a signed model.

Do you have a favorite quote?
"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've
never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people
who do. Luck to me is something else: hard
work -- and realizing what opportunity is and
what isn't."