Interview With Andi Hopgood

With the overwhelming amount of entries we had for the Hornitos design a tequila bottle competition, sadly, there could only V be one winner.

Myself and the other three judges (Hannah Aitchison, Dan Gold, Louis Molloy) had a hard ^^ time choosing our favourties as we all had yj ' differing views on this. After we had given our / ( ' decisions to Hornitos, they then had the •r y ! unenviable task of picking the winner and that lucky person in line for the top prize of £3000 and ' a chance to see their bottle in the hottest tequila bars in the country was Andi Hopgood of County Durham.

Andi's eye-catching and Mexican-inspired Day of the Dead/Old School roses design came out as the winner.

V I caught up with Andi to ask her a little about her inspiration and most importantly, what she was going to do with the winnings! Andi is a tattooist and has been so for many years, so she is well placed to come up with the design, Andi and her husband own and run Geko Images Tattoo Studio in County Durham, together. I also wanted the design to have that "Oh, that looks J ike a tattoo design" and wanted to bring that tattoo element Into the bottle.

If you decided to spend the money on new tattoos, who would be the artists that you would go to for some new ink?

Oh, I'd have a huge list! To be honest, I really love Hannah Aitchison's work; it is amazing. I like Brandon Bond (USA), David Bolt (USA), Andy Shou (Thailand) and Filip Leu (Switzerland). I love colourful work these days and would like to get tattooed from all of the aforementioned artists.

Firstly, congratulations on the winning design. How did you feel when Hornitos called to say you had won?

I hasn't really sunk in to be honest. I assumed that I had missed the announcement of the winner and thought, that's it, I'll see what else I can play around with.

When Hornitos informed me that I had won, I thought I'd misheard them but now I know, I'm so pleased and it was a lovely surprise!

What was your inspiration behind the design of your bottle?

I absolutely love sugar skulls because they are so nice and bright and colourful and whenever anyone says to me "Mexico", I automatically think of the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Have you ever been to Mexico?

What's your preferred method of consuming tequila

I don't drink at all, I even had to ask my daughter what tequila tasted like

Well you have the money now! Your winning design will be on the shelves in the hottest tequila bars in the autumn, how do you think you will feel to walk into a bar with the possibility of seeing your bottle design on the shelf? I'd be cjuite proud of myself to be honest.

So what made you enter the competition?

My husband and I were joking on what we would spend the money on and I said " either a Harley or a holiday". I was just thumbing through Skin Deep magazine and I saw the competition and thought, "that's different, I'll have a go at that".

The winning bottle will also be on display at this year's Tattoo Jam in Doncaster racecourse at the Artist friDAY, Tattoo

Masters' Ball-

How did you start with the design and what sort of things did you take into account before starting?

I looked at the shape of the bottle and thought that you are going want something that looks good from across a crowded bar for all angles but not too over the top . so that it isn't too confusing. I love the Old Skool style and roses too, so I combined both aspects

We were so amazed at not only the amount of entries hut the sheer quality of designs, which were amazing.

I really liked the Hornitos idea of a bottle design, it beats doing the usual t-shirt or poster design competitions.

You can still view the amazing entries on the drINK HORNITOS competition home page:

www.bigtattooplanet.com/hornitos

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WORDS: JENN SELBY PHOTOGRAPHS; AL OVERDRIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT. JASMINE DANKES

Kylee Kross Nicole Raneri

Nicole Raneri is a hot tattooed tomboy with an obsession for fix gear bikes and a love of all things dark, dank and downright satanic. Sound cool? She is But that's not the persona most are familiar with...

WE'RE INTERVIEWING VOU TODAY AS NICOLE BUT YOU'RE BETTER KNOWN AS BEING BURNING ANGEL'S KYLEE KROSS. HOW'S THAT WORKING OUT? ARI YOU STILL PERFORMING?

Yeah, I'm still doing that stuff. Before I moved here I was down in LA working on a pretty big movie that just came out this week. It's called Bartenders and it's like a Coyote Ugly spoof, which is pretty much four crazy trouble-making girls working at a bar, starting problems and drinking lots and Iiaving a lot of sex. And I was also working on the last few scenes of my new movie, which is coming out in October. It's going to be called Crushing on Kylee and it's my first movie where I got to call the shots and say what I wanted to do.

ÜO YOU THINK VOU HAVE TO BE A CERTAIN TYPE OF PERSON TO WORK IN PORN?

It's really cliche, but I started stripping when I was 17 and I continued this up until about two years ago. I guess I'd always been comfortable being naked, and it never crossed my mind. Now it takes a really strong person to do it, because of all the bullshit you have to deal with. Not, having relationships... I mean it takes a really special person to date somebody that does what I do.

ARE YOU DATING A SPECIAL PERSON?

HOW DOES THAT WORK OUT? 00 YOU HAVE MORE RULES NOW THAT YOU'RE WITH HIM?

No, that's what's so amazing about him. He's the first person I've ever been with that lets me make my own decisions. He's with me because he loves me, and he's kind of sticking it out to see what happens. I don't throw anything in his face. We don't watch it. We don't talk about it. I don't run around town going "Hey I'm Kylee, nice to meet you... "I make sure I'm Nicole, and I have a separate life, and this just happens to be what I do for a living.

Nicole Raneri

I opened the door for a lot of girls who wanted to be part of these movies, but weren't really getting any work. That's why I do it.

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