Forever love tattoo. I love him. I love her.

Love tattoos. Not for the commitment shy.

Anchor love
Anchored together with love.
I love him I love her tattoos
I love him, I love her.

Photos: weheartit.com

Claire and her vintage-inspired ink

Get your tat outFeature girl: Claire Cocks
Location: London
Occupation: Cataloguer at an autograph auction house and retailer

Claire Cocks
Claire Cocks
Victorian Silhouette Tattoo
Victorian Silhouette Tattoo

What got you into tattoos and what was your first tattoo?
I’ve always loved tattoos, but I was a bit dubious about whether I’d want something so permanent, until last year! I mentioned to a friend what I had in mind and he gave me a list of artists to check out and away I went. At first I wanted a simple cameo within an ornate frame, but the design evolved until I decided on a solid black silhouette portrait of my mum.

Where did you get your tattoos done?
I got my silhouette by Lucy at Into You and my Victorian lady “Gwendolen” by Miles at Frith Street.

Are you planning any more tattoos?
Yes definitely – although it took a few months after Gwendolen to think about having another one. I’d love to get a skull and crossbones that I saw on the floor of the Campo Santo in Pisa. The crossbones have a ribbon tying them together and I love the juxtaposition of the two. I’m also looking into getting a Victorian animal engraving, so I’m hunting around second-hand bookshops for an original drawing to work from at the moment.

Where did your inspiration come from?
Victorian engravings and adverts, woodcuts, history of photography.

How would you describe your style?
Vintage inspired, but without sticking to any particular period or style, although I’m always keen on Victoriana, 1920s cross-dressing (Louise Brooks in ‘Beggars of Life’) and the 80s 1940s revival.

Victorian Corset Tattoo
Victorian Corset Tattoo - Gwendolen

Is there anyone you would like to get tattooed by?
I’d love to get tattooed by either Volko Merschky or Simone Pfaff from Buena Vista Tattoo Club – their designs are amazing. I saw them at work at the London Tattoo Convention and it has definitely spurred me on to do some saving!

Do you have a favourite tattoo?
As I only have two I think it would be unfair to have favourites!

Do your tattoos have meanings?
The portrait of my mum is commemorative – I wanted something really simple in a place that I could always see. Luckily she liked it. Gwendolen on the other hand is just pure aesthetic joy – a corset advertisement I found one day and fell in love with!

Get your tat out – Sylwia Swiderska

Get your tat out

Sylwia

I spotted this lovely lady in Topshop the other day, she is definitely my new tattoo crush, plus it turns out that we want to get tattooed by lots of the same people! Check out her beautiful ink…

Feature girl: Sylwia Swiderska
Location: live in London, from Poland
Occupation: student, Events, Music and Media Management at London Metropolitan University

Sylwia's sleeve

Stay Young
Stay Young

What got you into tattoos and what was your first tattoo?
I don’t think there was a particular event or situation that got me into tattoos, but I’ve always been really into music. People within the genre I was into had tattoos, so I guess that’s what started it all. My first tattoo was ‘Stay Young’ on my wrist.

Where did you get your tattoos done?
My wrists and foot were done at Riverside Tattoo in Gravesend by Les. Lady with the mirror is by Snappy at King’s Cross Tattoo Parlour. The rest of my sleeve is by Oliver Macintosh, also at Kings Cross.

Lady with a mirror
Lady with a mirror

Are you planning any more tattoos?
I’m definitely planning on getting more stuff done, I’ve got a long list of artists that I would like to get tattooed by, but being a student money is always an issue.

Arm tattooWhere do you get your inspiration from?
At first I wanted my tattoos to have meanings, so I guess I went for imagery that represented certain statements. But as I got more into tattoos and started digging deeper into the art and history of it, especially old school style, I started going for images that appeal to me on an aesthetic level. Stuff like vintage flash is something I find most inspirational, it is timeless and will not have that awful ‘hipster’ tattoo feel 20 years down the line.

How would you describe your style?
I wouldn’t like to think that I fit onto any specific style shelf. As long as something appeals to me visually or on some other level then I try and work into my wardrobe/lifestyle.

Is there anyone you would like to get tattooed by?
The list of people I’d like to get tattooed by is endless, but at the moment the top are: everyone at Smith Street in New York, Chad Koeplinger, Steve Vinall, Thomas Hooper, Uncle Allan, Claudia De Sabe.

Scales tattoo
Inspired by 'Sweet#Hart' by Closure in Moscow

Do you have a favourite tattoo?
I think my favourite is the scales on my inner arm, the inspiration came from a song called ‘Sweet#Hart’ by Closure in Moscow. It’s about balancing out, thinking with your head and thinking with your heart, which is something I’m awful at so it’s a constant reminder not to let one outweigh the other.

Let hate save you
Let hate save you

Do any of your tattoos have meanings?
As I mentioned earlier the scales have a pretty srong meaning. Girl with the mirror is a reminder to never judge people on their looks. ‘Stay Young’ is pretty self explanatory. ‘Let Hate Save You’, on my foot from a song by Emarosa is there as a reminder that if anything or anyone ever lets you down you might aswell hate it instead of letting it get to you (this last one makes me sound awful haha).

Beautiful tattoos and a very interesting interview. Lovely to meet you Sylwia and I LOVE your tattoos.

Adventure bound

So, at the beginning of September I am venturing into the scary world of freelance.

I am excited, scared and also a little sad about leaving my job. I have been in my current job for almost four years and I have made some amazing friends and gained a huge amount of experience. However, times must change, I am ready for a new adventure…

Adventure bound tattoo
Adventure bound

Photo: octopirider.tumblr

Get your tat out – Hackney WickED

Get your tat out

Location: Hackney WickED art festival, Hackney Wick.

This is the lovely Lucie with her beautiful tattoos – spotted enjoying a drink at the bar at Hackney WickED.

Bow tattoo
Beautiful bow
Pocketwatch tattoo
Stop the clocks for this pocket watch
Pocket watch tattoo
Beautiful pocket watch tattoo
Padlock and key feet tattoos
Under padlock and key
Padlock tattoo with flowers
Padlock and flowers
Fan tattoo
I am very jealous of this beautiful fan tattoo. I want it.
Bird and cage tattoo
Birds and cage

Lucie is definitely my new tattoo crush.

My tattoo journey

Dear Diary,

It has been a while since I have talked about my own ink journey…the last time may have been at the beginning of the year when I talked about strange children and sharpies. At this time I only had one tattoo (which has not yet featured on this blog). Since then I have had two tattoos, a cameo tattoo on my inner wrist and a padlock on my foot. Both are beautiful and I couldn’t be more pleased…

I am now working on some blog posts and that will show the tattoo process from start to finish…drawing, outline, shading, colour, healing and the finished piece…I hope you will find this helpful in your own decisions about what and where to get tattooed. I will also do a feature with all of my own tattoos very soon…

If anyone would like any advice just get in touch.

Lots of love

Alice Th’ink

xxxxx