The ink on Teya Salat

Teya Salat from Saint-Petersburg, Russia

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
I grew up in a small town. I've always liked to stand out.

When did you start getting tattoos?
I got my first tattoo done when I was 18 years old.

How would you describe your style?
This is a difficult question for me to answer! I do not have a specific style.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Yes, I believe it is an art, but only when the artist draws it himself and does not use other artists’ ideas.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I wanted to try something new, back then I was still quite young. But now, I have formed a certain view of the tattoo culture

Do you catch people staring at you because of your ink?
Yes, I get a lot of attention because of my appearance. I would like people to look at me as a person.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
My advice to people is to not be in such a hurry to get tattoos. To put more thought in choosing the style and artist.

Will you be getting anymore?
No, I will not.

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
My life.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“No one will be good next to you, when you feel bad with yourself.”

Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you! It was nice talking to you, come to Russia!