Daddy's Little Cannibal
Why do you model, other than the final remuneration, of course!?
I first started modeling at the age of 16, and am proud to say I'm completely independent. I feel it's a form of artistic expression - I love having ideas and then seeing them come to life in pictures.
What are your long term career goals, ambitions and aspirations?
As far as modeling goes it's more of a hobby at the moment. I have had paid work, but I'm currently at university so I don't have time to go into it full time. Who knows what the future holds though - never say never!
Do you remember the first time you saw a tattoo? What was your initial reaction?
I've always been fascinated by tattoos - I remember walking past parlors as a child and hearing the noise of the needles from outside and always thought that being able to have 'pictures' on your skin was amazing.
When did you get your tattoos, starting with the first? Why the particular tattoo designs you have? Who was the tattoo artist?
Regretfully, I got my first tattoo at the age of 16; rather foolish of me, because if you go to someone who's not prepared to ask for ID they aren't prepared to tattoo properly. I ended up with a botched rose on my left hip, which has now been rather skillfully covered up. My tattoos are all representative of art - paintings and song lyrics, mainly. My tattoo artist is David Corden.
What does your body art reveal about you? Style or Statement?
I think my body art shows that I'm a creative individual - I like to think my pieces are unusual and unique, much like me.
When you got the tattoo(s), did you think about the possible effect of having body art on your ability to get work, or model?
Not at all. I feel tattoos enhance beauty, and as an alternative model the more ink the better! I get nothing but reactions of awe, from everyone - especially towards the piece on my arm. Photographers love trying to capture my tattoos in different lighting and angles.
Has having body art prevented you from doing any specific modeling work?
Not at all, in fact it's probably gotten me more work.
Have you considered getting more body art? A design you are dying to get or a specific tattoo artist whose work you would like to have?
I haven't put much though to it - perhaps one day I'll have my left arm completely sleeved. If I do, I'll keep the same tattoo artist and fill my arm with Natalie Shau paintings.
Any hints for aspiring models thinking about getting body art?
Think carefully - get something that means something to you. It's sad when people get tattoos that are the 'in thing' at the time (like stars) then regret them later on in life.
Do you have a favorite photographer?
I have to say I love working with Ryan Cox - he's an amazing photographer.
Any photographers you are dying to work with?
AsylumSeventy7 (Mark Leary) - his work is crazy! And Darkest Angel Photographics - beautiful photos!
A photographic or artistic project that you would love to be associated with?
I've always wanted to do a shoot as a cat. I never turn down latex projects either.
When you think of celebrity tattoos, who do you think of first?
Probably Steve-O from Jackass; that guy has some of the most childish ink I've ever seen! On the whole, I'm not a fan of celebrity tattoos as most of them are very poorly done.
Have you ever searched online for information about tattoos?
No. I learnt everything I need to know from artists/experience.
Have you ever heard of the Vanishing Tattoo website, or visited the site -www.vanishingtattoo.com ?
Yeah, I've had a look around a couple of times.
What do you think when you hear about someone who's lost a job opportunity because of their body art?
I think it's a terrible pity - in fact I'm currently promoting a petition to get 'alternative appearance in the work place' included in the Anti-Discrimination Act. I feel that body art does not impede your ability to work.
What do you think about the current popularity of tattoos within mainstream popular culture?
It's quite sad, to be honest. I think it's the foolish, naive people that give the rest of us a bad name - because they rush into getting tattoos and get childish, silly designs that mean nothing, so everyone just assumes that that's what tattoos are all about, they don't see the side of alternative culture where tattoos are meaningful and beautiful, because we're a minority in comparison to the mainstream masses who are scarring their bodies for life, because it's the 'cool' thing to do.
Want to find out what some of DADDY'S LITTLE CANNIBAL's tattoo designs & symbols
Check out: Skull Tattoos, Rose Tattoos