The Ink on Karissa Elizabeth Young

Karissa Elizabeth Young from NYC

Where did you grow up?
Corn fields of Indiana.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
It influenced me to get out of there! Seriously, Indiana is a great state full of amazing people. Not my scene, I had to branch out to something bigger!

When did you start getting tattoos?
I waited until I was 18, because my first was on my lower crotch, I wanted the artist to feel comfortable.

How would you describe your style?
Glamorous meets edgy. Polished and classic.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Yes, for me it is all about collecting pieces from amazing artists. Instead of their work being on canvas, I have it on my skin.

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
I’m thrilled that people are starting to accept others with art on their body and that society is recognizing that it is not so taboo. I wish that people would invest more in their work and artists.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
Individuality. Permanent reminders of where I have been in life or where I want to go.

What’s your favorite piece?
My leg sleeve is my favorite. It is done a newer traditional style. A lot of traditional Sailor Jerry flash and other nautical pieces that are classic.

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Yes, I knew what I was getting into when I decided to put this artwork on my body. Sometimes it can be aggravating, but it's best to keep a level mind about it.

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
No, not the ones I have on me already. However, I become a lot happier when I get a new one!

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
I have a Jaguar Princess tattooed on my calf. Someone very special to me originally painted it for me and then tattooed it on me. It is an absolutely beautiful piece done by a very talented artist.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
THINK THINK THINK! Invest in your artist and be good to them!

Will you be getting anymore?
Not even close to being finished!

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
My stubbornness keeps me from never taking "no" as an answer and my drive to be successful and passionate in all that I do.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
Patience, young grasshopper.

Do you have a favorite quote?
"Darling, the legs aren't so beautiful, I just know what to do with them. - Marlene Dietrich.