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■ Jl After travelling around Europe at the ageof H^k * ^ Cl '1 nineteen, I got back to London and decided that PFJ^fc. X' ^W I wanted to get a tattoo done. I subsequently ^J^Hf'»^^/* * | | i visited just about every tattoo studio in Camden a before deciding on the former, London Piercing
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WHY DID YOU DECIDE ON THAT PARTICULAR STYLE OF WORK AND HOW HAVE YOUR TATTOOS DEVELOPED OVER THE YEARS?
If you look at my tattoos now, you can clearly see which was my first one. It's a small tribal design on my lower back with two Kanji symbols. I wanted something small there and the Kanji represents parts of my personality. In retrospect, I would have preferred something else.
WHEN ANO WHY DID YOU RELOCATE TO ENGLAND AND WHAT DID YOU ENJOY ABOUT THE TIME YOU SPENT HERE?
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That was where I met Andro who did my first tattoo and seven years on, we are now married.
went to stay in Mexico, but I am now working full time in a studio in Cape Town and am doing very well.
Cape Town I soon realised that was not for me, and that I needed , to travel. I came to the \ UK, as my family is English. Travelling has a taught me so much and \ " caused me to grow up N so quickly and Andro j and myself have stayed in Thailand and Mexico as well as in the UK. London is such a diverse place and I love how much I learnt here and the amazing people I have met.
WHILST IN LONDON, YOU BEG AH 10 APPRENTICE WITH ANDRO. vV '
I Ell US ABOUT THAT AND ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE IN TERMS OE YOUR ABILITIES AS A TATTOO I SI. I suppose getting an apprenticeship | V with your boyfriend is very helpful, as it enabled me to learn at home as well as at the studio. I do tliink that when you are teaching your girlfriend, you take more care in instilling every last bit of invaluable knowledge. I am very happy with my progress and where I am with my tattooing now. 1 got a bit out of practice when we
I KNOW ANDRO IS SORELY MISSED BY SOME OE HIS REGULAR CUSTOMERS, SO TELL US WHAT HE IS UP TO NOWADAYS.
Andro is doing better than he has ever done, he is working for one of the most established studios in South \ \ Africa, Wildfire, situated in Cape Town and he is super busy building a name for himself. I am sure that at some point we will be back in England for a visit but for now, Cape Town is home.
ASIDE EROM TATTOOING, WHILST YOU WERE IN LONDON YOU BECAME QUITE SUCCESSFUL AS A MODEL AND WERE REPRESENTED BY THE INFAMOUS UGLY AGENCY. WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THAT ASPECT Of YOUR CAREER AND IS MODELLING SOMETHING YOU WILL NOW CONTINUE TO DOT Modelling will always be a part of my life as it is something I have wanted to do since I was a small child. There have been so many highlights in my modelling career and Ugly's certainly looked after me over the years. I suppose some of the tuglilights would include appearing on the Katie Price and Peter Andre show, being asked to test shoot with Rankm and being involved in the Lloyds Bank and ipod campaigns. Suice returning to South Africa, I have joined an agency and am dividing my time between tattooing and going to castings.
SO HOW IS II GOING IN S. AFRICA?
We have been back here for around five months now and we couldn't be happier with the move. I am currently working at a studio called Young Guns, situated in Observatory, Cape Town. There I tattoo alongside Daniel Lotz and Fabian Gunthel, who is the owner. Andro and myself have formed a close friendship with the guys with whom I work. I'm just busy going to castings and tattooing and Andro couldn't be happier with the way things are going.
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACHIEVE OR ASPIRE TO IN THE EUTURE?
I would really like to further myself in the tattooing industry and make a name for myself in South Africa, and I'd like to do the same with my modelling. I would also like to help and be a part in establishing Young Guns along with Fabian and Daniel and making the studio a real success as so far its very new and we have so many ideas and plans...
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY?
Please sign up to Young Guns Tattoo Fan page on Facebook, our website details will be up soon. If anyone is interested in contacting me, I can be found via Young Guns Tattoos, Observatory, Cape Town and Andro can be found at Wildfire Tattoos, Canal Walk, Century City, Cape Town, I would also like to thank everyone for the support that I have been given over the years.
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