Stuart Reardon from Carcassonne, France.
Where did you grow up?
Bradford, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.
How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
Growing up in Bradford was fine. It didn’t really influence me into getting a tattoo. I realized there are some really great tattoo artists out there, especially like Roy and Paul Preistly at SKINSHOKZ who created mine.
When did you start getting tattoos?
I began building my tattoo at 26 then finished at 28. I had work done on it at the end of every season, so it would have time to heal. At one point I had a really bad achilles heal injury and used the pride in my tattoo to help me get over and through it.
How would you describe your style?
This tattoo design style is a mixture of tribal Samoan and Aztec tribal patterns. I explained the design and look I wanted, then let tattooist Roy Preistly do his job.
Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Yes, I definitely believe tattooing is a serious art form. The artistic, creative and imaginative skill is to be respected. That's why it's becoming more and more popular every year.
How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
I think the tattoo culture is growing and becoming more widely accepted, especially with celebrities, executives, professionals and many others now getting tattooed.
What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I guess I always wanted to get tattooed from a young age. When I made up my mind and decided on my design, I sought out a good tattooist then got it done. A time ago, I was getting over bad injuries, putting my energy into a fantastic tattoo helped take my mind off of the stress.
What’s your favorite piece?
I actually only have one, though it’s very large, made of different pieces, the whole design is my favorite.
Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
I do, sometimes. However, because tattoos are more accepted and common these days, I guess they're probably interested in who designed it or where I got it done.
In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
Great question, yet I have to say being tattooed doesn't change my mood. It does at times make me question having it. Some days I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Then there are those days I sometimes wish I had never gotten it at all. Funny how I still go back and forth with it.
What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
Getting my tattoo back then helped me get over a bad stage with injuries and other personal stuff. This is its importance. It’s of significant sentimental value to me.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
I advise that before getting one to make sure it’s what you really want, what you'll always treasure and always be meaningful for you. It's a permanent change to your look. So be sure about getting it.
Will you be getting anymore?
I am not sure if I am getting anymore. I find having it somewhat addictive. It's always tempting to get adjustment or edits to make the tattoo look better. Right now, I can't say for certain.
What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
Belief in myself, the love of family, what I'm doing to continue growing personally and professionally is the core of my inspiration.
What is one thing that life has taught you?
Success comes from persistent hard work. Giving up accomplishes only one thing, failure.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Grip, rip it and live life! Live the dream.”
Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks so much for this feature opportunity. The exposure you bring in share with the many who love tattoo art is highly commendable.