The ink on Nadine Lee

Nadine Lee from Johannesburg, South Africa

Where did you grow up?
South Africa.

When did you start getting tattoos?
At the age of 21.

How would you describe your style?
My style is very retro, with a vintage twist.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Oh for sure! Some people hang their art on their wall, we wear ours.

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
Tattoos are becoming more socially acceptable, rapidly growing.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
Events through-out my life.

What’s your favorite piece?
Peacock-Lotus sleeve.

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Oh yes, all the time, especially in South Africa.

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
I wouldn't say it changes my mood, but it most certainly enhances my mood.

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
I personally love all my tattoos, each one has a unique meaning. For example, I had one done on my lower arm in Thailand, how cool is that.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Not to get something that is “popular” right now. Go for something timeless and that will turn heads!

Will you be getting anymore?
Planning to get one on my upper thigh in the near future.

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
My biggest inspiration would be my support system at home and definitely my fans. My fans support me, and motivate me all the way, they appreciate what I do.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
It’s so important to always stay grounded and always be true to yourself.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“It takes courage to grow up and turn out who you really are.”

Anything else you would like to add?
Just to say thanks to for this awesome feature.

Photographer's credit:
Deuces Wild Photography  - 1.
Nolan Lister - 4, 7.