Botanical works and spooky gothic themed tattoos match the character of Kellsey, the great lady from Scotland who tells us about her Love and Deth tattoos and way more about herself as a tattoo collector and testimonial of a lingerie model.
Whats up Kellsey the place are you from and the place do you reside?
Whats up! I’m from the UK! I’m initially from North East Scotland however now I reside nearer to the central belt, simply exterior of Edinburgh!
You’re a massive fan of tattooing. How did this ardour come about?
I’ve at all times been artistic and involved in something inventive, tattooing was simply the world that I used to be most involved in. I suppose as a substitute of gathering prints or work I desire gathering artwork within the type of tattoos. It’s a ardour that’s grown as I’ve gotten older and found extra artists. Persons are so proficient and all have their very own distinctive types so why not have them with you endlessly. I’ve even obtained a few of my favorite embroidery artists work tattooed on me.
What does tattooing imply to you: is it a physique embellishment or do your tattoos have particular meanings?
It’s a little bit of each I’d say. Primarily they’re all physique gildings that characterize my pursuits and character. I’ve a variety of botanical work as a result of I really like crops and the floral components can movement rather well along with your physique form. I’ve additionally obtained a variety of spooky gothic themed tattoos which I believe match my character. My most significant tattoo is a portrait of my canine who handed a number of years again, it’s a beautiful reminiscence for me to have of him, on me and by my aspect endlessly.
What does the writing in your fingers imply?
I actually needed my knuckles tattooed and knew I needed one thing in outdated English font. The stunning @sooztattoo did my earlier finger tattoos which healed amazingly so I obtained her to do the writing as effectively. I’ve at all times liked “Memento Mori” so I made a decision to only get MORI on one hand which is Latin for demise after which to stability it out however I went for AMOR to face for love. Individuals attempt to look into the meanings extra however primarily for me they only imply Love and Demise.
What concerning the model of your tattoos? Who’re the tattoo artists and the way do you select them?
All of my tattoos are black work, I do love color tattoos as effectively however for me I really feel blackwork seems to be greatest with my pale pores and skin. I’ve obtained a combination of types, some realism, single needle and extra just lately woodcut/engraved model. I’ve been tattooed by so many alternative artists, I really like gathering completely different items but additionally there’s so many artists I really like and wish to be tattooed by so I’d by no means restrict myself to only stick with the identical individual.
I primarily select them as a result of I really like their model and so they tattoo related imagery to what I’m after so I do know they’ll produce a tremendous piece.
I additionally maintain an eye fixed out for visitor spots. I personally really feel that Scotland will get missed out loads when folks come to visitor within the UK however I’ll usually get tattooed in Edinburgh if there’s an artist I like guesting in a studio.
My chest and my again piece, which is at the moment in progress, are by @laceyolivialaw. I’ve collected her woodcut prints for ages and it’s an honour to be engaged on such a giant mission along with her. I’ve additionally obtained a number of items by @kerrygentletattoo and hopefully a number of extra to return, her floral work is beautiful and the eye to element is unreal. Then in fact there’s my greatest pal @melgracietattoo who’s linework is simply wonderful. She’s carried out many items for me however my favourites must be the matching ferns on my shoulders and palm leaves on my abdomen. There are additionally a number of items of labor by @j_nooodle @paige_tattoos @silvertattooer @smick_tattooer @edtaemets @paingardens.
Since you’re a testimonial for a lingerie model, inform us what sort of lingerie do you favor on you?
Something with some form of embroidery or lace I completely love! Thistle and Spire is certainly a favorite of mine, in a manner a few of their items remind me of tattoos. I as soon as posted the set with the tigers on it and somebody genuinely thought they had been my tattoos which I believed was humorous.
I believe their model of mesh and embroidery actually work effectively with my physique and tattoos, plus I really like seeing my tattoos nonetheless exhibiting underneath the mesh.
I positively desire it when the highest half is extra of a bodice/ bustier as a result of then it’s simpler to model with an day by day look. Lingerie and tattoos nearly go hand in hand for me, they each give me physique confidence.
Are the drawings you publish your personal?
Sure! I’m additionally an artist. I graduated from artwork faculty some time again and would think about myself extra of an illustrator. My model is kind of a mixture as I really like doing a little bit of every part from easy graphic illustrations to sample making or pet portraiture. My artwork Instagram is @madeinkellsey the place I submit latest work often. I just lately entered The Nice Frog Artistic Competitors and got here third which was wonderful!
And to wind up this chat with you, what’s your favorite look?
My favorite look must be all black, possibly a midi or lengthy black gown with a aspect break up, or for a extra informal look a shirt with massive sleeves and a few tailor-made trousers. After all including a harness in and an entire load of jewelry as a result of it simply wouldn’t be an outfit for me with out them. I really like giving off a form of tailor-made/sensible goth look with witchy victorian vibes. Something that exhibits off my tattoos is only a bonus.