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Pussy Gets Inked

February 1, 2011

Yeah, that got your attention. No, I did not tattoo my genitalia. I did, however, get a tattoo — despite being just about one of the biggest wimps when it comes to needles ever, as well as a chronic over-thinker.

I’ve wanted to get inked for a while. Hell, don’t all angsty teenage girls want to get some sort of tattoo at some point? A butterfly or a fairy or a California license plate that’s all tribal and shit. I’ll confess — when I was 15, I wanted a triquetra on my left shoulder blade. Why? Because it was on frickin’ Charmed (Wednesdays, 8PM on Star World).

So this idea of a tattoo remained nascent in the back of my head, playing with other forms of teen rebellion –- like that one Slipknot track on my playlist which made me feel alternative and badass beyond measure, or the propensity of my pimply self to misquote Nietzsche. Thankfully, while stupid is forever, youth isn’t. With age comes slightly less tacky ideas for tattoos.

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Sugar, Spice And Everything Nice: Part Two

September 13, 2010

Listening to the recording of my interviews makes me realise two things. The first is that I sound a bit like a chipmunk. The second is that I may have a little bit of a girly crush on Ashley. Well, who wouldn’t really, with that velvety voice, short blonde hair, cute dimples and all those tattoos? I’ll say it again: who doesn’t love a woman with a little bit of ink?

“Eventually I’ll just have one [giant] tattoo,” she says about her own tats. “My favourites are my portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Aretha Franklin. And, of course, my first Australian tattoo — a picture of a lighter and script that reads ‘A little bit of rock & roll!’”

A little bit of rock and roll is exactly how I’d describe her. Her love affair with ink began when she was 16. From the moment her artist put needle to skin, Ashley was convinced she had to be a part of the magic. “I knew when I got my first tattoo that this was what I wanted to do. I just love it. The sound of the machines, hanging out with everyone in the shop, just the atmosphere — I love it.”

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Sugar, Spice And Everything Nice: Part One

July 20, 2010

Pouring rain and grey skies usually signal autumn in Perth, and it’s on a day just like this that I make my way to Marc Pinto’s Primitive Tattoo studio over on Barrack Street to talk to his two female tattoo artists, Ree and Ashley.

Women with tats are AWESOME. There is something infinitely sexy about a woman with a little bit of ink and a story to tell. In a world seemingly dominated by the boys, it’s rare to see a female face with a gun in her hand that she isn’t just cleaning. For a long time, women had no place in tattoo shops. But the times, they are a-changing, my friends.

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