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Thursday, 2 July 2015

TATTOOS: Interview with Mel from Raise the Waves

Raise the Waves tattoosIt's a new weekend and a new interviewee - this time I'm speaking to the lovely Mel from Raise the Waves....

What was your first tattoo, and how old were you? 
My first tattoo was “Love Will Tear Us Apart” on the inside of my right wrist. I got it when I was 18.

How many do you have now, and what are they? 
I currently have 3 at the moment. There’s the Banksy balloon girl on my left arm (which I now share with Justin Bieber so that totally makes me cool…), a ship in a bottle on the inside of my left forearm and the aforementioned Love Will Tear Us Apart. I basically have the most generic tattoos ever!

Who is your favourite tattooist? 
Nick at Old Town Tattoo in Edinburgh is probably my favourite. My brother stumbled upon him a few years ago and I have loved his work ever since. The ship in the bottle on my arm was actually tattooed by Nick and he did it as close as possible to the actual ship in a bottle my Grandad made.

Do you have any tattoos planned for the future? If so, what? 
I’m planning on getting Monopoly pieces for my Granny (an idea stolen from my brother but he stole my ship in a bottle idea, fair’s fair) and 2 rings for my Gran and Grandad. I’m still working on the placement and how I’d like everything to look so these tattoos won’t be coming any time soon.

Do you have any 'no-go' zones? 
I wouldn’t get my face, neck or hands tattooed. I love the look of neck and hand tattoos but I work in the corporate world so they’re just a major no go unfortunately.

What is your favourite thing about tattoos and tattoo culture? 
Generic answer time! I love the freedom tattoos give to express yourself. Sure your clothes and hair and whatever else hold elements of your personality too but tattoos are so much more personal and meaningful.

What do you think of the increase in tattoos as a 'fashion statement'? 
It does irritate me a little to see people using such a beautiful art form as a fashion statement but I’m hoping this is just a trend and will die out soon. I just hope anyone who gets a tattoo for the sheer hell of it is remembering that it’s permanent choice.

And lastly, some bits about you: 

Favourite food?
Pizza – I know, I’m so original!

Favourite film? 
Requiem For A Dream.

Favourite animal? 

Pet hate? 
People talking with their mouth full. Yuck!

Biggest achievement? 
As lame as it is I’m still proud of myself for getting an A in my physics exam. I failed every class test, mock exam and walked out of the real exam an hour into it without a hope in hell. Maybe I was given the wrong grade.

Dream job? 
Either a lawyer specialising in all of the gruesome stuff or a fashion designer. Major contrasts there.

Dream holiday destination, money no object? 

San Diego, California. I know that sounds so boring but I’m a huge American football fan and the San Diego Chargers just happen to be my team.

You can follow Mel on Twitter here - and check out her blog Raise the Waves too!

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*photos from Mel Burt


  1. I love your Tattoo interviews! It's fun to see other people's tattoos!

    I also love the freedom of expression from tattoos. Each of mine are for a person or a time in my life. I love the idea of the monopoly pieces for your grandmother!

    Love, Jenn

    1. Thank you! That's so sweet!
      Yes I think that's my favourite things about tattoos - they are so unique because they mean something different to everyone!

      Thanks for commenting xx


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