We went from “knowing of” to “knowing” each other, to being “re-acquainted” after so many years, to becoming really good friends – all through our love, obsession and addiction to the art, the history, the guns & the needles…
This my little reading-whores ❤, is my up & in her face; - Interview with a Tattooist… NOT a Vampire! (you guys can call her TESS / TESSA)
CHILLL! She’s not a Vampy, but I have my suspicions – because, when I asked her, her answer wasn’t exactly a yes or a no reply! See…
It’ll be fine! Grab your coffee, or a snack (Vampies, don’t like to eat or drink coffee or snacks! Only, yaknow, a human’s carotid…. No big deal) – fuck. just get comfy!! And enjoy the read :)
With a plan for a 15-year life sentence dedicated to the NZ ARMY at 17yrs old, Tess thought she had her pathway signed and set! She managed a good 7-years, serving our Countries Army, before she decided she had achieved what she wanted and it was time for the next chapter in her book.
This is when Tattooing, slowly started to make an appearance into her life & it was all due to a man called Bernie. There was never, really anything spoken about or promoted for tattooing, not like it is now days!
Becoming a Tattooist was never in the plan. It was a game changer. A new challenge. A new chapter!
With support, encouragement, guidance and advice from Bernie, it helped keep Tessa grounded & focused on her new dream of becoming a Tattooist.
It isn’t easy drawing on someone’s skin, & doing it by, holding a vibrating object - (not the kind of object that just popped into your mind as soon as you read that you dirty little naughty!) - with needles at the end of it.
So, with that been said; I wanted to get straight to all the nitty-gritty questions! & so, I did this – because, it had to be done! And you know what? This bitch took it like a champ & gave me her honest answer ^,^
AND THEN – there’s the “first timer” tattoo’s she rocked for 7-years…
OH! speaking of “first – timer”, while we’re on that subject! –
Gotta’ keep it professional, right?!
Now, Tess does travel, not as frequent as she use too. In fact, she’s settled down! YUUUP!!
Home sweet Home! – The Coast. Go check her & her cute little at-home studio out, if you’re ever in the neighborhood. Tell her Kylie from ATTSS sent ya! ;)
Yesssss bitch! – Tessa currently has her own at-home little studio. That’s where all the sweat and blood happens! But, with a studio, comes its’ name, its’ identity. KEEP READING so you know what I know :)
You can also find her chilling, over here >> “SHED 93 RUU-BEE INK” <<
Brace yourselves though! - Because, well, this had to happen, okay guys?! Come on now, she’s had her little at home studio since 2015 – she’s due for an upgrade!
HOLD ON, HOLD ON!!!!
– I told you, I had my suspicions! Now it’s a bloody, maybe!? (no pun intended)
So, does this mean??!
My kind of Tattooist! – not even discriminating the Vampies or the Zombs! Gooooood bitch, ha!
Okay, okay, back to the human questions now! –
What I’d like to know about is, this, “out the gate shit”??? God. I must be getting old! Because, I’m not up with the cool kids lingo! Maybe I’ll blog about that, one day? But not today. Not in this post.
Now, in life, we all have “that” something or someone we look up to, right? I wanted to know if Tess had any idols’ in the tattoo industry. I know I definitely do, and I warned her to back off, ha!
When Tessa mentions Ashley & his work, she’s not wrong at all! His shit is incredible! (& just because he’s my first cousin, doesn’t mean I’m being bias!) You’ll find him >> HERE <<
But, this is the interview with Tessa not Ash!
…CARRYING ON –
Before, settling down – Tess’ had the role of a solo-parent but she never let anything stop her from striving for “that better life”, it never stopped her from achieving what she wanted!
With only $7 in her bank account, she left her “good paying career”. It wasn’t easy AT ALL! Tess endured her fair-share of hiccups along the way. Again though, it was all worth it in the end!
Tess believes in the saying; Life’s too short!!! It rings so true for her! And now, she isn’t only striving to succeed for herself, it’s also for her little family (partner + kiddies)!
BUT! All of that doesn’t come without sacrifices, stolen time & much, much more!
Cool mum or Bad mum covered in ink?
Along the way though – Tess has, had to deal with the shit, the negativity, the ugly etc. SO. I had to ask! …
At the peak of Tess’s Tattooing career, she was harassed by a young, ignorant dickbrain boy (she refused to use the term “MAN” because his actions were nothing of a man!), we will call him Dick (whaaaat!? Dick is another term for Richard) for this story! For 6 months, Dick tormented the fuck out of her with anything from – Trolling online, lying, catfishing, more lies to – empty threats involving a certain well-known Gang. Shit was ridicccc.!!! But, our girl KARMA got Dick in the end, mate!
Now, the old Tessa use to nut off – fuck, sometimes she’d even go to their homes, ask why the fuck they were talking shit about me, rather than just approaching her in person. (she’s not psychotic guys, I promise! In her defence, she was just searching for answers haha in a very, uhh, direct? way…)
Tess has dealt with her fair share of “haters” over the years! & you know what?! She doesn’t give a flying fuck about negative shit! J & with the years, she’s matured and learnt how to deal with these issues!
& that my loves, is how she deals with haters! By not giving a *BEEEEP!
Gone are the days, where skin wasn’t a canvas!
Oh fuckkk! I could NEVER turn down a tattoo! She’s right, who the hell doesn’t love a tattoo!? I mean, I know there’s lots of people out there who don’t but pffttt. I’m not about that life!
I know I have favourites but this isn’t about me, so I asked the main girl herself! I know you wanted to know as well – don’t lie!
& then of course, I had to know more! …
Every single tattoo has a story or meaning behind them! & Tessa takes them all seriously! Some make her cry, laugh, smile, others make her heart sore, make her appreciate her life & loved ones, make her think... They pretty much hit every fucking emotion in her & she feels privileged to be the Tattooist, the client chose/s!
All I can say is – OUCH! From experience, my hugest peeve is having to have my skin stretched.
Cringe moments, ever?
Fuck, this interview has been a ride! I’ve learnt some shit I never knew before we did this bumhole! ONE MORE before we go though! –
I hope you all enjoyed this as much as Tessa & I did, doing it!
Stay safe, Keep smiling :) XX