Vanessa Michelle from Tennessee
Where did you grow up?
How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
I’m from a small town, so a lot people were narrowed minded. I actually got picked on in school. It only made me a stronger person.
When did you start getting tattoos?
Well as soon as I turned 18.
How would you describe your style?
Styles of tattoos would be original work, no flash.
Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Yes I do, it’s a form of expression. Whatever it may be, something that means a lot to you, to something you have experienced in life.
How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
It’s getting more accepted to an extent, but I don’t know if it will ever be truly accepted.
What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I love art, so why not put it on my body.
What’s your favorite piece?
My Marilyn Monroe vampire.
Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
No, it does not affect my mood or personality.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Make sure it’s something you really want.
Will you be getting anymore?
What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
Mine would be my two beautiful boys. They are my reason for waking up each day.
What is one thing that life has taught you?
Push through, don’t give up and always hold your head high.
Do you have a favorite quote?"I didn't lead a very wise life, myself, but it was a full one and a grown-up one. You come of age very quickly through shipwreck and disaster."-Philip Dunne