Since I turned 16 and got my septum ring (much to my mothers disgust, and shes not the only one) I knew that was a way I wanted to express myself. Since then I have gotten many more piercings, dyed my hair like every colour and FINALLY started my sleeve.
I found out the more piercings I got, (I had 3 piercings that were not my earlobes by the time I finished school) the more me I felt. When I lost my diesel fitting apprenticeship, I basically went out a month later and got 2 more piercings as I was allowed ear piercings at this new job. By 18 I had 6 piercings not in my earlobes. In October of the year I turned 18 I got a small tattoo of the name of my grandmother that I never met, nanna Joy.
A month after I turned 19 I finally got to get my lip pierced! After waiting for 7 years and because I had a week to heal it before I had to go back to work. I was finally so so happy with how I looked. But something I have had the entire way through is judgement, jokes and people telling me I looked like shit. I already then felt 10 times better about myself.
Somewhere in that time between finishing school and 19 I started stretching my ears too. I did stretch my ears really slowly over like 5 years. I finally made it to 10mm in both ears in 2013. I also had finger piercings (yeah, more than one, stupid. I know this now) first in my right hand. Which was incredibly stupid because it was not only my hand but the hand I used the most. I got another in my left hand the year after, somehow thinking it would be better. I ripped the first one out by accident because of where it was, the second one got almost ripped out twice before I took it out. These 2 piercings, a surface tragus piercing and an anti tragus are the only piercings I no longer have. The surface piercing and anti tragus grew out.
I got my tongue pierced for my 20th birthday (so its 3 years old now). I now have 3 holes in each earlobe, a septum ring, a tongue ring, 2 lip rings and 2 belly piercings. In my left ear I have a rook piercing, a lobe piercing further up and an industrial bar (or scaffold). In my right ear I have a helix piercing, my snug and my tragus pierced. Guess you could say I fell in love with piercings, I do want more but I actually don’t have anywhere else I want pierced. I also have a peace sign tattoo behind my right ear.
I knew I want tattoos for pretty much my life, my dad has 2 half sleeves so I felt it would be accepted. Its not really accepted but who cares. I knew from since before I was 18 that I want one sleeve and it was to be music related. Music is actually my life, people don’t seem to believe me when I say it. Also there is only 3 artists I want to be tattooed by (so far) and they are all in QLD! I have followed these artists for years and I know the quality of what I am getting.
My first bigger tattoo is by Chris Bartlett (artist portrait on my insta) from Gladstone. I got this tattoo while he was a guest at Shinko tattoo in Brisbane. This tattoo is a Blink 182 tattoo that I chose from design he had already drawn and basically just trusted him to pick the colours. He is a great artist and I trust his judgement.
My second larger piece was done by Mitch13 (artist portrait on my insta) from White Tiger Tattoo at Noosa. I chose the colours for this piece and the quote as it is a tattoo for my sister in law who committed suicide. I love the rose he drew, I actually expected it to look different but it turned out better. I can’t wait to get another tattoo from Mitch as I love his work so so much.
The third bigger piece I got was an Angels and Airwaves tattoo. Also by Chris Bartlett, I actually did not know exactly what I was getting permanently on my body until the morning of this tattoo. I knew I wanted this tattoo to be about the song The Adventure, we went through a globe, a suitcase etc and I decided the We Don’t Need To Whisper guitar of Toms was a great idea and I trusted Chris to make it amazing. He did. I trusted his judgement on the colours and placement too. This is my favourite tattoo and I just end up loving it more and more.
So thats 2 artists that I love who I have been tattooed by, the only other artist I must be tattooed by is Mitch Love.
Yeah I cop shit for being me. Something people don’t seem to realise though is that I feel 10,000 times better than I did before I had tattoos and piercings.