The ink on Jo Valentine

Jo Valentine from Las Vegas, NV.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Las Vegas.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
I love being from Las Vegas. It was interesting being raised here. It definitely has influenced me to get into tattooing and modeling. This city is mainly about image.

When did you start getting tattoos?
I got my first tattoo at 15 years old and I haven’t stopped yet!

How would you describe your style?
Random! One day I dress like a little boy, the next I'm in curls and high heels. It all depends on my mood that day.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Art is in the eye of the beholder. Not everyone loves them. I do.

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
It has been turned from taboo into mainstream. Things have changed a lot in the last ten years and people have changed their opinions about the industry as well.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I love them, that's my inspiration.

What’s your favorite piece?
My back piece, it is a ship being taken down by an octopus. 

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
All the time, but I don't mind at all. You sign that contract as soon as you start getting heavily tattooed, people will look and people will talk.

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
No, not at all. They are a part of me. Just like my arms, legs, heart and brain. It’s just me.

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
My chest says Hardison, that is my maiden name. My father had six daughters and no sons. I represent where and who I came from, and I will never forget and always be a Hardison Girl. My second would be my portrait of the Terminator. He is my hero.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
It doesn't have to mean something. It could just be a piece of art that you love. Be sure to check the artist’s portfolio before letting them alter your body.

Will you be getting anymore?
Of course, but I am in no rush. I’m still young.

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
Being a tattoo artist. I love my job. I love the fact that people let me put something on their body that will be there forever. It is a life changing experience.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
Sometimes the darkest times in life are on the sunniest days. Cherish what you have because you might not have it tomorrow.

Do you have a favorite quote?
F.I.T.F.O. Figure It The Fuck Out. 

Anything else you would like to add?
I am very lucky to be where I am, but nothing was handed to me. I worked very hard for everything I have and I just want to thank everyone for their support and love.