The ink on Tattoo Liz

Tattoo Liz from Jacksonville, Florida

Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
Growing up there was something else, I am glad to get away from there with all the crazy shit I went through there, but it if wasn’t for that place, I wouldn't be where I am today.

When did you start getting tattoos?
I started at 18, I knew I wanted to do something special on my 18th birthday, so I did that!

How would you describe your style?
I would like to say my style is unique in its own way, I like what I like, to describe it I would say, classy, laid back, a little nerdy, a little vintage, a little Goth, a little bit of this and a little bit of that! I am me!!

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Yes, I do. Art is art and it is beautiful whether or not it’s on canvas, paper walls, or skin.

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
Amazing, I love this industry. I myself am a piercer, the only thing I hate is the scratchers and these tattoo schools and people who aren’t serious about the Industry.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I have always loved and admired people tattoos and piercings since I can remember; it has always been part of life you can say.

What’s your favorite piece?
That’s a tough one, I am going to have to say my feet (the bride and Frankenstein), my right side piece that is a morphed geisha, mantis dragon and my R2D2 on my stomach.

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
ALL THE TIME. Especially in the summer when I am in shorts and a tank top or at the beach or pool in a bikini.

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
I love my tattoos, I love the art work and how I can express myself, and sometimes looking at them it can bring back a memory or a person or time that happened in my life.

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
Each one is significant and each one has its own meaning or time in my life or things I love!

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Take your time, make sure it’s what you want, look at portfolios, and get to know your artist or piercer, do your research!! And never get tattooed in a house, GROSS!! Cheap tattoos aren’t good, good tattoos aren’t cheap.

Will you be getting anymore?
What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
I Love it, I love everything about it! It’s in my bones to keep going.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
I’m learning things in life every day, its taught me responsibility, how to run a business (A Fu Kein GoodTattoo) and that you can’t trust anyone... hardly!

Do you have a favorite quote?
Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you were to die today....James Dean.