The ink on Louella Deville

Louella Deville from Australia

Where did you grow up?
I have moved between states five times, attended six different schools and lived in over twenty different houses. I’ve been blessed to be able to live in such diverse places, from living on a farm, living by the beach, in the mountains and now in the city of Melbourne.

How has that influenced you?
I’m definitely accustomed to change and I learnt how to adapt to different situations at a pretty young age. I had to make friends everywhere I would go. It definitely made me a much more outgoing person.

When did you start getting tattoos?
The week after I turned 18. I wanted the same pieces when I was fifteen, and as soon as I turned eighteen I got exactly that.

How would you describe your style?
It changes from day to day, depending on my mood.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Yes. So much time, thought and persistence goes into tattooing. It’s a skilled art and something appreciated not only by the artist but the collector. It’s something that physically stays with someone for the rest of their life.

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
The culture is alive and thriving and there are so many amazing artists and creative's doing what they love and making a living from it. I also see it as an over saturated market.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
Different things that have happened to me in my life. Some of them are really significant to me, some just pretty artwork I like.  

What’s your favorite piece?
I really don’t know, I like all my tattoos differently. Let’s just say I don’t have any I don’t like.

Do you catch people staring at you because of your ink? 
Sometimes, but I know most people are just interested and want to see what I have. Sometimes I get that really judgmental look from people, but that’s their issue not mine.

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
Not really, but they definitely effect what I’m going to wear sometimes, ha-ha.

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
My feet. They were my first, and I wanted those exact designs since I was 15. They mean a lot to me, and represent the balance between male and female. Also, the four pieces I have on my left ankle and shin are pretty significant.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Make sure you’re old enough. You don’t know what you want in life, even at eighteen when it’s legal you’re still so young. So just make sure you’re old enough and find a good tattoo artist!!!!!

Will you be getting anymore?
Yep. I think I want to do my back soon.

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

What is one thing that life has taught you?
That you can’t please everyone and you need to live your life for you and not what everyone is telling you ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ do. I’ve also learnt that you must take risks in life.  Always strive to do things that make you feel good, realize your passion and don’t give up. If you believe in yourself, that’s all that matters.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away.”

Anything else you would like to add?
Stay Classy Australia.


Photo Credits:
Rzarekt - 1, 3.
Jessica Eisner - 2.
Guiseppe Dante Sapienzia - 4.
Meezy Media - 5.
Keysus - 6.
Hana Schlesinger - 7.
ArtCrazy - 8, 9.
Melissa Findley - 10.