The ink on Marilyn Mongo



Marilyn Mongo from Munich, Germany

Where did you grow up?
Germany, in a very small village in the south of Bavaria.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
Let me put it like this, I had a great childhood there. It’s a perfect place to grow up.

When did you start getting tattoos?
When I went to Munich, I think it was 2006.

How would you describe your style?
Hmmm..... I think I don’t have a special style. I do all, what I think of.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
It has changed completely. There are so many different tattoo art styles and amazing artists.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I think it underlines what I am.

What’s your favorite piece?
I love all my tattoos, so it’s hard for me to say one of these is my favorite. Therefore, I say it’s the puzzle-tattoo on my costal, it belongs to my boyfriend and me.

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Oh yes!

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
When I get a new one, yes.

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
The pieces of puzzle on my costal and the tattoo with my best friend.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
What tattoo style do you want? Does your work allow tattoos?
Check out more studios and inform yourself on the quality of the tattoos. Check the hygienic too. Think twice, a tattoo is forever.

Will you be getting anymore?
Yes, at the moment I get an comic owl on my right arm.

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
That I want to be a complete artwork and there is still a lot of naked skin.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
― Marilyn Monroe.

Anything else you would like to add?

Photographers Credits:
Carlos Methfessel: 1-3
Manuel Jacob: 4
Stefan Huber: 5
Martin Bock: 6-7