The ink on Morgan Joyce

               Morgan Joyce, New Jersey!

Where did you grow up?
New Jersey, born and raised.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
I love NJ. I don't care how the media portrays it. It's the most beautiful place in the world to me. My particular town is full of stuck up, judgmental people. And I fully think that influenced me to break away from tradition and be myself.

When did you start getting tattoos?
As soon as I turned 18.

How would you describe your style?
Sexy classy, not messy trashy!

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Absolutely. My skin is my canvas and my tattoos are my art.

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
It's a little disappointing seeing 14 year olds tattooing “Yolo” on themselves, but other than certain subcultures, I think the entire tattoo industry and culture as a whole is continuing to evolve and grow and become more and more beautiful and accepted.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I really am not sure. It's just so beautiful to me I can't picture living a life without them.

What’s your favorite piece?
The giant pig on my stomach.

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Yes, all the time.

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
My tattoos are a part of me; I really don't even notice they are there. So I can't say they change my mood. Unless I'm getting one, then I'm just nervous as hell.

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
I have a piece on my thigh that was done over self-harm scars. It's in my mom’s handwriting. This tattoo really means the most to me. It reminds me where I've been, how far I've come, and where I will never return. I am a recovered self-harmer and proud.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Think it out, but more importantly, make sure the artist doesn't suck.

Will you be getting anymore?
Of course!

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
Is it bad to say I keep myself going? I have no one to impress. I have no standards to live up to. I set the bar for myself, and work hard every day as a hair stylist and model, to please MYSELF and no one else.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
Don't take yourself too seriously.

Do you have a favorite quote?
"The world will tell you who you are, until you tell the world" -Unknown.

Anything else you would like to add?
I live a selfless, vegan, cruelty free lifestyle. And I have a sick obsession with Pigs, they're just too cute.

Photographer's Credit: 
Tammy Cedar - 1,2.
MainEventPhotos77 - 3.
D Glenn Photography - 4.
Joshua Evans Photography - 5,6.