Jennifury from Tennessee
Where did you grow up?
How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
Growing up in this part of Tennessee has not so much influenced me to become the person I am today, but more so the person I did not want to be. Where I am from still has the old fashioned point of view on body modifications of any form. If you look or act differently than the norm you are automatically damned.
When did you start getting tattoos?
I started getting tattooed when I was 16 years old.
How would you describe your style?
My style consists of a little bit of punk rock, a dash of rock and roll and a whole lot of sex appeal. I really don’t put myself into one genre of style I embrace all different forms.
Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
I 100% consider tattoos a serious art form. Anything that alters your appearance permanently can only be viewed seriously. Tattoos are my way of self-expression and to me allowing people to see how the world looks through my eyes is something like a big deal.
How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
The tattoo culture is booming right now. Everywhere you turn you see people with tattoos or talk to someone who wants one. The tattooed community still faces some bias in areas such as the work place, but it’s something that is becoming a thing of the past. I mean look at the media these days, television shows like, “LA Ink”, were nowhere to be seen ten years ago.
What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I cannot sit and say that every one of my tattoos has meaning or I was inspired to get them because of some life changing event. There have been several times that I see something that I find beautiful and I feel the need to have it right then and there.
What’s your favorite piece?
My favorite piece would have to be the back piece that I have in process right now. The piece is of a Baku, which is a Japanese spirit creature known for devouring nightmares. The creature works something like a dream catcher would in Indian culture.
Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
I catch people all the time looking at my tattoos. You would think that being tattooed this heavily for almost years that it would be something I have gotten used to, but some people are not as receptive to my appearance as others. Some people will say how beautiful they are and others remark at how I have ruined myself. This is who I am and I am okay with that.
In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
I don’t really feel that my tattoos change my mood so much, but I don’t see them as anything more than an extension to who I am.
What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
My most significant tattoo would have to be the owl on my left thigh. I have always loved owls, but this wise old owl is a daily reminder of my mother and father. I have always been very close to my parents and they have given me so much wisdom over the years. It’s a symbol of what I have taken away from our relationship as I have grown up.
What’s your next tattoo?
I wouldn’t really call it my next because it is in process now, but my back piece will be a work in progress for some time. The piece starts at my neck and will cap at the bottom of my buttocks. After that I plan to get my right thigh covered with an octopus. I do believe unless that changes over the next few months.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Make sure you get something you really want to live with forever or something that can be easily removed or covered. I made the mistake when I was younger of getting a few silly pieces that are now in process of being removed/covered.
What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
I mean I have gone this far with getting tattooed why stop now! There is only so much real estate on my body left and we only live once, so I am going to make the best out of it.
What is one thing that life has taught you?
Do not take anything for granted especially the people in your life that you love. We do not have the promise of tomorrow, so it’s very important that the people you love know it every day of your life. No regrets.
Will you be getting anymore?
Definitely, I will stop when I run out of room or when I start looking like a kaleidoscope.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” --Marilyn Monroe
Anything else you would like to add?
Live everyday like it’s your last and never change who you are to please someone else.“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”