Victoria’s Tattoos

Victoria’s Tattoos

Read Victoria’s full answers here

What was your first tattoo?

My first tattoo I got was a shaded black and grey rose, my favourite flower of all. I knew as my first one I wanted something that meant something to me, something I thought was beautiful and couldn’t wait to see the end results.

And then, did your collection come along quickly?

From there my tattoo collection did happen quite quickly. I went straight from a rose on my wrist to getting my whole hand and up a quarter of my arm covered in a henna design. I wanted something unique and feminine but also something bold.

How do you come up with your tattoos?

I have thought of a few myself. But the ideas of my tattoos are either from online, or my tattooist has changed them around to make it my own, or has helped me pick what to go for which I am so so grateful as I have loved the end result every single time.

Favourite one?

It is pretty hard to pick which one is my favourite so I’d have to say it’s between my snake, my neck or my “love myself” tattoo.

How do people react to your tattoos?

I’ve never had a bad reaction to my tattoos that I know of. I post pics daily of me with my tattoos shown and haven’t received any negativity about them, but either way I adore them in the end.

Latest one?

My latest tattoo was along my collar bones and the words stand out in Braille. After getting my chest covered in two big pieces I knew I wanted something to even out the blank space but something that was different. I’m always trying to think of different ideas that people probably wouldn’t have.

Who do you want to get tattooed by next?

Kat Von D has some incredible work which I’ve seen on other people I follow online but apart from her, the only artist I love is my own tattooist, Keith Bonner, that’s done every single tattoo on me apart from two.

Any good tattoo stories?

My best tattoo story is probably when I got the tattoo “love myself” on my chest. The tattooist doesn’t even know about this but the word was actually supposed to say “love yourself”. I didn’t realise it until the day after but now I am much more happier with a tattoo that means something to me and has also expressed a lot of positivity towards other people in loving themselves.

Badass Barber Kyle

Badass Barber Kyle


Read Kyle Bigwood’s answers in full:

What was your first tattoo?

My first tattoo was a Maltese cross on my left arm at 14 years old. My mother took me, it’s my heritage, Maltese, and I guess that was the only thing I could persuade her to let me have tattooed haha. It’s been blasted over with a black panther head by Henry. 

Did your collection advance quickly?

I started getting tattooed from 16. From there, all my first tattoos are now under either lots of black or blast overs, nothing has remained the same. It can take anywhere between months or years to build on my collection. I go through bouts of getting tattooed a lot in a short amount of time to year long breaks. It’s a never ending process and a lot of thought and research about what to have and where, as I don’t want to burn up space too quick! 

How do you choose your tattoos?

I do a lot of research. I collect tattoo books. I take a lot influence from folk art, tattooed guys and girls from the 1900’s, the originators of American traditional, that being guys like Percy Waters, Bert Grimm, Charlie Wagner, Bob Shaw, also combined with tribalism and prison tattooing composition. 

What’s your favourite tattoo?

That’s so hard to answer. Honestly I would say my back piece by my main guy Henry Big, it has a lot of significance to me. It’s a huge step in anyone’s tattoo ‘journey’, as cringey as that sounds, to get your whole back tattooed. It’s a lot of hours, blood, sweat, pain of course… a huge area to cover. But once it’s finished it’s an incredible feeling to have, knowing you have your whole back tattooed is incredible. Not a lot of people do and I can see why… it hurts. I love it, the image is the rock of ages. It’s bold, it’s black, it’s fucking tattooing to me. 

How do people react to your tattoos? 

Depends on the person. I get mostly positive reactions, if I’m being honest. Ive been employed since I left school, so no problem there. Sometimes you get the odd look and people staring .. but that’s always going to be the case. People ask and approach me all the time about them. I’m happy to talk, curiosity mostly, about why I’ve blacked out my arm and such. You get the odd old lady in the post office moving her handbag to the front of her hahaha… it’s all good. 

What was the last tattoo you got?

The last tattoos I got was a cuffed rose and “sans espoir”, which translates as  “without hope” in French, done by a local up and coming tattoo artist called Tristan Ritter. It was inspired by the French prisoner tattoos of the 1890-1930 era. 

Who are your favourite tattooists?

In no particular order. Henry Big, Sway Tattooer, Guy Le Tatooer, Adam Vunoir, Austin Maples, Louie rivers, Bailey Hunter Robinson, Rich Hardy, Joseph Bryce, Richard Warnock, Thomas hooper, Aron J Dubois, Justin Olivier, Gusak, Om-Kantor, the list goes on. 

Who do you want to get tattooed next by?

I want to get tattooed next by Rich Hadley, Ruby May Quilter and Liam Sparkes. I have the ideas in my head and these are the people to do them. 

Best tattoo story? 

I really wish I had something interesting and cool, but all I have is: I had a tattoo artist years ago, when I was round like 18, tattoo me fully coked up and shade in the wrong section of a shitty nautical star (we’ve all been there). So he had to black the whole star out as it wouldn’t make sense. What a shit tattoo and story. Guess I’ve been lucky.


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