The ink on Airica Michelle

Airica Michelle from California

Where did you grow up?
For the most part, Orange County California.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
I probably say dude a lot from growing up here.

When did you start getting tattoos?
A few months after, I turned 18.

How would you describe your style?
Colorful and comfy.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Yes. Being able to draw is one thing, being able to tattoo is a whole other ball park. I've seen plenty of artists who can draw and color, but their tattoos came out like shit. Being able to tattoo well, is actually quite a talent.

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
Once the baby boomers die off I think society will be past thinking everyone with tattoos is a criminal.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
A canvas is boring until you put something on it.

What’s your favorite piece?
Such a hard question, I have many beautiful pieces it's hard to choose. I would have to say the Yoshi on my thigh and the seal on my forearm.

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Yes, among other reasons.

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
I do like looking at my arm, hence why I hate winter.

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
The 3 Yoshis I have, the Starman, and my mother's name would be the most significant. I've loved Mario Brothers for as long as I can remember, so the related tattoos are important to me and my mother's name for obvious reasons.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
DO NOT GET A "DEAL". A tattoo is forever, you want to go to someone AMAZING, not mediocre because they're going to "hook you up".

Will you be getting anymore?
I'm getting a mermaid with an anchor on my left side soon.

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
Seeing tattoos on Tumblr and thinking, "Why not me?"

What is one thing that life has taught you?
Motivation and passion are the keys to success.

Do you have a favorite quote? 
“The future you have, tomorrow, won't be the same future you had, yesterday.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

Anything else you would like to add?
If you're afraid of the pain of getting a tattoo you don't deserve to have any.