Wilhelmina Andersdotter from France.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the North East of France, on the border with Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium.
How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
I’ve been growing in a nice environment, with the love of my parents and close family and friends. I think they are my influence.
When did you start getting tattoos?
I started in 2005, when I was 25.
How would you describe your style?
I think I have my own style. I do not like the idea of looking like other people or being influenced in the way I dress or the way I behave.
Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Of course it is!! And it is one of the most beautiful arts. I like the idea of being a human support to this art I particularly appreciate.
How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
This culture has evolved and has become very rich through the time. Lots of different kinds of styles have emerged and everybody can see themselves through a style. I love this idea of not being obliged to have a tattoo that does not correspond to the personality.
What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I am inspired by the work and portfolio of the artists. I spend time browsing websites to discover new artists and if I like what they do, I contact them to start a project.
What’s your favorite piece?
I think I have no preference; I love all of them, because each one has a story.
Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Yes, I think I sometimes do. If they look disgusted, or make bad comments, I can deal with it.
In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
I don’t think so. Tattoos are part of me, and I don’t pay attention to them anymore. Most of the time, as you cannot see them, due to my clothes; you cannot imagine that I am tattooed.
What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
There is not only one. Each one has a particular story, either in the significance or in the inking. For example, the stars on my ankle are basic, but they represent my family, they mean a lot to me. Most of my tattoos have ‘protection’ meaning and that is why I love all of them.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Think about it before to act, a tattoo is everlasting and can bring you critics or regrets. Be prepared and take time to discuss it with the artist.
Will you be getting anymore?
Yeah of course, I am addicted to INK. The next in preparation is my chest and then, no one knows.
What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
I think passion is the biggest inspiration. If you are passionate by what you do, you’ll never want to stop. That is what I feel, when I get inked, when I take part in a photo shooting, or when I play roller derby.
What is one thing that life has taught you?
Do what you want to do, and when you want to do it, otherwise, you’ll have regrets!!
Do you have a favorite quote?
Live your own life, stay true.
Anything else you would like to add?I think I can only say that tattoos are an addiction, but are also a way of life.