Jamie Mayhem from Columbus, OH.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Cleveland, OH.
When did you start getting tattoos?
I started getting tattooed over a decade ago. My parents had to sign for my first few tattoos, and I was pretty heavily covered by the time I was eighteen.
How would you describe your style?
I’m a big fan of fetish fashion, and the cabaret Goth look.
Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
I think that tattoos definitely can be a serious art form. I feel that this depends a lot on the skill of the tattooer, the design chosen, the reason for wanting tattooed, etc.
How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
I think that perceptions of tattooed people and tattoo culture have changed a lot over the last 20 years. Mainstream culture is much more accepting of tattoos and modifications now than in previous years.
What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I’ve gotten some inspiration for tattoo designs from music, or books, or my own artwork. And some of my tattoos are inspired by events and things going on in my life.
What’s your favorite piece?
My favorite tattoo on me right now is probably the lotus flower on my throat. There isn’t any real story behind it; it is just good artwork and one of my more recent tattoos.
Do you catch people staring at you because of your ink?
All the time! It is usually a very positive response though, and people are a lot of times just curious and want to ask questions about my tattoos.
In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
Getting tattooed can change my mood. Having the tattoos doesn’t change my mood so much. Most of them have been there for so long that they are just a part of how I see myself.
What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
Some of my tattoos have meanings behind them, and many of them do not. A lot of them mark different points in my life, and things that were important to me at the time that I got the tattoo done. On a whole, they pretty much express the story of my life.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Find a good artist! Do your research and find a reputable shop to go to, and an artist that understands exactly what you would like your tattoo to look like.
Will you be getting anymore?
What is one thing that life has taught you?
Set goals for yourself, and never hesitate to follow your dreams.
Do you have a favorite quote?
I don’t really have a favorite quote, but here is one that I heard recently that I liked- “If it is to be, it is up to me.”
Anything else you would like to add?
Aside from tattoos, some of my interests include hook suspension, latex clothing, sideshow, and Hello Kitty.