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Feature girl: ReeRee Rockette, London
ReeRee Rockette is an inspirational woman who is minding her own business…she is the alternative entrepreneur…

I am very happy to share this interview feature with the talented ReeRee Rockette. ReeRee has managed to turn a part-time passion for blogging into a successful career. ReeRee has a unique and driven attitude to life and this is reflected in her style.

Here the inspirational, and very lovely, ReeRee answers some of my questions about her work, life, inspirations and of course, her tattoos…

ReeRee horseshoe
Tattoo by Scarlet Hel
daffodil tattoo
Tattoo by Scarlet Hel

How would you describe your style?
I think other people would describe me largely as a Rockabilly girl, but I enjoy flitting between different styles. Some days I’m more vintage, or more punk, or more rock and roll. Fashion should be fun, and I love being able to play around with my look.

What go you into tattooing?
Oddly, I used to hate tattoos, and my first one was a memorial tattoo, a very small one on my hip. I was surprised at how little it hurt (the little ones are over so quickly they don’t hurt too much!), and I started collecting smaller ones around my waist. I have quite an all-or-nothing personality, and it wasn’t that long until I got a larger back piece.

gypsy tattoo
Tattoo by Valerie Vargas

What inspires you?
Tattoo wise? Lots of things I guess. Places I have been, experiences, and people. I wouldn’t say I have a specific tattoo inspiration, but my current style is definitely old-school inspired.

In life, I would say I am inspired by people who create something from nothing – whether it be a brand, a product, a life etc. People who are positive go-getters, and create the life they want to live.

Do your tattoos have meanings?
Some of my tattoos have meanings, whereas some are completely frivolous. I have three in memory of my Dad, two for life changing experiences, two have references to life mottos of mine,  whereas the rest are quite impulsive and have no actual meaning.

Are you planning more tattoos?
Always! Cash flow is what has slowed me down at the moment, although that is probably a good thing! The next one is a Rockalily Lipstick one, but I would also like my calves done. I would like more work on my thighs, and perhaps my back worked on too.

locket tattoo
Tattoo by Valerie Vargas

Who have you been tattooed by?
Valerie Vargas at Frith Street, London
The Family Business, London
Vince Neil Ink, Las Vegas
Bombshell Tattoo Parlour, Las Vegas
Original Skin, London
Inka, Brighton

handwriting tattoo
Tattoo by Scarlet Hel


How did the ‘ReeRee’ personna grow?
I was given the name ReeRee years ago by a teenage girl I worked closely with, then I started working in the burlesque world and it seemed like the only natural choice!

How did you make your blog such a success?
My blog (thank you for saying it is such a success!)…it has been pretty organic to be honest. It has been awesome to see it evolve and grow as my own ambitions have grown with it.

So tell me more about your businesses..
Rockalily Lipsticks Rockalily is a lipstick brand which reflects my love of rockabilly and retro styling. Red Lipstick is such a key part to my look, and Rockalily Lipsticks are perfect for every day wear (they are very moisturising). I also run Wonderful Women: Minding Our Own Business – a London and Norwich based business group, for women who run their own business. Both of these grew from the success of my blog – Alternatively Lovely. They all give me a chance to live the life I have always wanted!

peacock tattoo
Tattoo by Valerie Vargas

Thanks so much ReeRee for answering my questions…and I look forward to seeing your new lipstick tattoo…

Rockalily – www.rockalily.com
Blog – www.rockalily.com/blog
Wonderful Women – www.rockalily.com/wonderful-women

Kings Avenue NYC and Inked magazine present: Corey Miller and Face to Face album signing

I wish I could be in NYC for this event…would anyone like to fly me over…?

Kings Avenue tattoo and Inked magazine
Kings Avenue Tattoo and Inked magazine

On Wednesday 18 May, Kings Avenue Tattoo NYC and Inked magazine will be hosting seminal SoCal punk-rockers Face to Face and tattoo artist Corey Miller, of LA Ink fame, for an exclusive in-store event.

Corey Miller
Corey Miller

LaughNowLaughLaterThe band will be signing copies of their latest album Laugh Now, Laugh Later, with Corey Miller who designed the album’s artwork.

Meet the band and the artist, get your copy of the CD, vinyl and artwork signed, and enter a competition to win a pair of tickets to the FACE TO FACE show, on the same night at the Best Buy Theatre.

KINGS AVE TATTOO NYC is located at 188 Bowery (at Spring Street) in New York City.  The event starts at 5pm.

Do you think I can make it from London in time?

Urban Art – Terry Bradley

Terry Bradley has been an art love of mine for a while now. So, imagine my excitement when I found out that a gallery in my hometown, Market Harborough, now stocks an exciting selection of his work.

terrybradleyTerry Bradley’s unique style of urban art is displayed in Croft Wingates picture gallery now.

The gallery has a stunning collection of Terry’s tattoo-inspired masterpieces, so if you happen to be in the area I highly recommend popping in (if you’re lucky John Snape might even give you a coffee).

John Snape, Croft Wingates Gallery Director, is extremely excited about this collection of art and would love to hear from you if you have any questions.

Terry Bradley Croft Wingates
Manhattan Showgirls
Terry Bradley Croft Wingates
Urban collection
Terry Bradley Croft Wingates
Market Harborough with an urban twist
Terry Bradley Croft Wingates
Terry Bradley in Croft Wingates

Images  are available on paper and canvas. Also, a signed skateboard and a leatherette ‘Bradley’ Bag are part of the collection.

Terry skateboard
art on wheels

I know which one I want…Hope Angel. I just hope no one buys it before I get the chance…

It appears that my favourite Terry Bradley piece, Hope Angel, is someone else’s favourite too…I found this stunning tattoo on his facebook page.

Hope angel tattoo
Terry Bradley tattoo - work in progress

I would love a Bradley piece on my wall and my body…

www.croftwingates.co.uk