It’s funny how one morning you wake up and make the decision of getting that first tattoo. I thought about it for years before I got my first one. And when I finally got inked, I knew I was hooked for life. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first, second or fifth, there is always a story that drives you to visit the tattoo parlor.
Tattooing and other forms of body art have been around for as long as people are walking the earth. The use, meaning and perceptions of tattoos are different among cultures, population segments and time periods. In Buddhist beliefs tattoos are believed to give protection and luck. Sailors use tattoos as souvenirs for the many journeys they went on. And in different mafia clans around the world tattoos are a way of showing the outside world who you are and what you did.
Today tattoos have become more personal. Telling your story. Who your are, what you love and how you (want to) live your live. That’s why Bram and I decided to inspire you with a few portraits of tattoo-addicts.
First up is Montana, a young lady that already has her decent share of small, big and even bigger artworks. Her motto in life ‘If you can count your tattoos you don’t have enough’.
Montana knew very early on she wanted tattoos. She started with piercings when she was only 8 and counted down to the day when she became 18, the legal age to get tattoos in Belgium. Her first piece was a diamond on her hipbone and now she has reached the stage when she can’t even count them anymore. ‘Choosing a favorite is VERY hard, but I am very proud of my sleeve.’
‘All the pieces have a special meaning to me. Not everybody understands this since they are all so colorful and funny, but they often reflect a part of my personality.’ All her pieces are custom created by tattoo artist Bart Smeets of White Trash Tattoo. ‘The first time I saw his work, was at a tattoo convention. Ever since, I have never met a tattoo artist that makes as great designs and does color as well as he does.
When taking one look at Montana, you realize this is a whole other level than the fashion trend at the moment of getting a tattoo. To her, tattoos are about more than just a statement, it’s a way of life!
Make-Up by Aurelie Vermeulen.