Stories Behind the Ink: April (VIDEO)

We caught up with April about her first tattoo, her favorite tattoo and some things she’s learned along the way.


Q. What is the story behind your first tattoo?

A: When i got my first tattoo I was 16 years old. I went to Canada, which was only a 20 minute drive away, to a shop that I knew would tattoo me underage. I was very nervous. I was afraid I was going to caught, and then get in trouble with my parents. It’s these two shaky little stars on my collar bones, they were my first and probably the ones that hurt the most. I think I actually cried, which we know when you’re getting a tattoo is not really allowed. Those were my first, and I’ll never get them covered up or lasered off even though they’re terrible!

Q. What is your favorite tattoo that you have?

A. I think my favorite tattoo is actually one of my most recent. It’s Artemis. She has a deer coming out of her head because she’s the greek huntress, and the protector of women and children. She represents everything feminine and strong, and that’s something that’s really important to me.

Q. What advice would you give someone who wants to get their first tattoo?

A. I would definitely say go to a couple different shops and take a look at their portfolios. Ask a lot of questions, and don’t feel embarrassed to ask anything. There are no stupid questions because this is going to be on your body for the rest of your life. Don’t look for a deal, you want to invest in this. Make sure that your vision can be portrayed the way you want by this artist and, if you do go in and have them draw something up, don’t be afraid to ask them to change things.

Q. Anything else you’d want people to know?

A. If you want to get a tattoo, do it for you; whether it's a piece of art you like, or a message or  meaning. Don’t think about what it’s going to look like when you’re older, at least your wrinkles won’t be boring. If you want to do it, just do it. You only have one life, you might as well have cool-lookin’ skin!

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