Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Gnar: Hey there Cane_!! Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us!! Can you tell us about how you got into tattoos?

Cane: My father had tattoos and my older sister had tattoos also, so I guess it kinda runs in the family haha. I've always loved body art and body modifications though, they're beautiful.

Gnar: Excellent! Do you have a favorite tattoo artist or parlor?

Cane: No, not one in particular, there's too many amazing artists out there to limit it down to one. Though I have to admit I absolutely love Bobbysox Suicide's work, she is so talented AND she's smokin hot.

Gnar: Sweet!! Do you have any plans or ideas for your next few ideas?

Cane: I am actually planing on starting a back piece soon. I want to get a painting by Brandon Boyd tattooed on me.

Gnar: That sounds really awesome!! Do you have any plans or goals for later on in life?

Cane: I'm all over the place with what I want to do with my life. I want to do everything and absolutely nothing at the same time, haha.

Gnar: Haha I totally understand!! Do you have any shout outs before we wrap this up?

Cane: Not exactly, but I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity! I appreciate your interest in interviewing me. You're awesome!


Karlee Sabrina!!

Gnar: Hey there Karlee!! Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us today!! Can you tell us how you got into tattoos?

Karlee: No problem.well I've always been an artistic person, I've been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil. When I was a little girl i used to use pens to draw my own version of "tattoos" on my barbies so I guess it all started there and as I got older i got more of a passion for the way works of art can be permanently created on the body.

Gnar: That's awesome! Do you have a favorite tattoo artist?

Karlee: My boss (Teneile Napoli) of course!
Kat Von D used to be my favorite until I met Teneile. Her work is just utterly incredible! Best tattoo artist I've ever seen in my life, words cannot describe really how good she is.

Gnar: Amazing I will be sure to check out her work! What is your favorite type of tattoos? Traditional, portrait, greyscale, etc.?

Karlee: Portrait greywash.

Gnar: Excellent!! What's your take on tattooed model? Do you think they will get more popular then the average swimsuit models?

Karlee: well I already think they're pretty popular in the internet world/social site world, but I do think it's going to take a lot of time and effort to become more popular in mainstream.
i don't think John Galliano, Gucci, Alex Perry, or any other well known designer will ever use "tattooed" models. So in that sense I don't believe they will ever come close to being more popular than swimsuit models. Although to everyday people like us, they are more popular.

Gnar: I definitely agree!! Do you have any thank you or shout outs before we wrap this up?

Karlee: To my crew at Garage Ink, couldn't ask for a better team. and to all the people that support me. Thank you! :-)

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Gnar: Hey there Silencia!! Thank you for taking the time to do this
interview with us!! Can you tell us about how you got into tattoos?

Silencia: I've pretty much always been into them.  When I was a kid,
I'd always draw my future self with tattoos, wear temporary tattoos,
and draw on myself with pens/markers.  Because I was a kid, my family
didn't think much of it... until I got older.  When I would still draw
on myself as a teen, that's when I started getting the "only gang
members and drug lords get/have tattoos" speech.  The speech was
comical because I knew that if I had the energy, I could tear their
argument apart.  But they're my family.  I love them - even though
they're still very stubborn with their old-fashioned ideals.

Gnar: There are a lot of families that are old school about that it sucks. Hopefully that will get better over time. Do you have any ideas or plans for your next few tattoos yet?

Silencia:  Of course.  I'm getting started on some extensive leg work.
I could share the ideas, but then I'd have to kill you ;)

Gnar: Ah!! lol Totally understandable. :-)  Do you have a favorite tattoo artist or parlor?

Silencia:  Ryan Mason from Scapegoat Tattoo will always be my
favorite.  When I started getting work done by him, his wait was only
two weeks.  Now, to get an appointment with him is CRAZY.  Because
I've been going to him for years and have the honor of calling him a
friend, I get squeezed in okay.

Over the years that I've known Ryan, he's always blown me away by
remembering the little things we'll talk about during our
appointments.  He's kind of gossipy, so it's always cute when he
starts tattooing and asks random questions like, "soooo... how's the
love life?"  Haha.  He's also pegged my tastes.  If I present him with
an idea for a tattoo, but have no image references for him, he's
always managed to come up with the perfect drawing.  An example of
this:  I really wanted a sheep in wolf's clothing, but I could not
find an image of a sheep or wolf that I was happy with (heck, even
"wolf in sheep's clothing" produced shitty search results).  Ryan
finally sketched it out for me, and I literally gasped at how perfect
the drawing was.  I adore that silly, talented man.

Gnar: That's so amazing!! A awesome artist is always worth the wait. Do you have any plans or goals for later in life?

Silencia:  Later in life, I picture myself being a crazy, heavily
tattooed, cat lady whose muu muus are dyed black.  You might think I'm
joking, but I'm not.

Gnar: Haha that's hilarious, but awesome!! :-) What do tattoos mean to you?

Silencia:  People always want to get philosophical when it comes to
tattoo meanings, and it's always fun to see how disappointed some
people get when you explain that you got a tattoo "just because."
Although all of my tattoos have some sort of meaning, or they depict a
passion of mine, it's fucking exhausting to talk about them all of the
time.  A friend of mine (who is also heavily tattooed) and I would
joke about making t-shirts that read "it means courage" just to get
those what-does-your-tattoo-mean askers off our backs.

Gnar: I agree it's bogus! Tattoos are amazing! So they don't always have to have a meaning. Do you regret any tattoos you have?

Silencia:  No.  Tattoos will always mark some sort of memory, and
sometimes, that memory is the only beautiful thing about it.  I've
never picked a tattoo off a wall, or modeled something after what I
saw on someone else.  Even though I'm not the same person I was when I
first started getting tattooed, the tattoos I got when I was 18/19
will always remind me of being 18/19.

Gnar: Agreed! Do you have any shout outs before we wrap this up?

Silencia:  I generally feel that shout-outs are kind of silly, but I
appreciate invitation.  Thanks for the interview, Gnar.  Keep up the
awesome blog!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Gnar: Hey there Tarion!! Thank you for taking the time today to do this interview!! Can you tell us about how you got into tattoos?

Tarion: Tattoos are something I have loved since I was a little girl. For me they always represented individuality, being able to think for yourself and not just follow the crowd. I started begging my parents for one when I was 14. Of course they said no tongue.gif I tried again when I was 16 and eventually got my mom to agree to let me get one when I turned 18. I think she was hoping I would get over it by then. Needless to say I didn't and it was my parents 18th birthday present to me. I know tattoos are fairly commonplace now days and they don't really mark someone's individuality as much as they used to but I love having the choice of what I put on my body and why. It's a personal thing for me. I love being different, thinking differently and not conforming to society just because everyone else does.

Gnar: Gnarly!! Do you have a favorite tattoo artist or parlor?

Tarion: Yeah Danny from Voodoo Ink. He's amazing with color. His website is wink.gif

Gnar: Excellent!! :-) Do you have any goals for later in life?

Tarion: Well at the moment I am focusing on my burlesque troupe Circus Gothica. I've always loved dancing and being able to do that and be sexy at the same time is a winning situation for me wink.gif

Gnar: That's really gnarly!! Do you have any plans or ideas for your next few tattoos?

Tarion: Tons lol! I'm busy extending and re-coloring my half sleeve/shoulder, after that the sky is the limit. I love Danny's work so I think I'll be going to him for a lot more wink.gif all I can tell you is it will be vibrant! wink.gif

Gnar: Fantastic!! Do you have any shout out or thank you before we wrap this up?

Tarion: Big ups to all the South African SGs and the girls from Circus Gothica. They keep my life very interesting wink.gif


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tootie Suicide!

Gnar: Hey Tootie!! Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us today!! Can you tell us how you got into tattoos?

Tootie: Ever since I was little I wanted tattoos. I would get the fake ones out of gumball machines and stick em all over me.. Then when I was older I would draw all over myself with pens and markers lol. Then in high school it was carving something small, into my arm and pouring ink into it .. I think that I did it maybe twice because it hurt so bad .. Haha prison tattoos how gross!

Gnar: Haha that's crazy!! Do you have any plans for your next few tattoos yet?

Tootie: Yes! Most def.. One of my first tattoos was this shitty heart on the inside of my left wrist, but it hurt so bad and I was such a baby through the tattoo that the artist hurried, and now it looks like a melted gummy bear haha. It was my first tattoo .. Yes I was that much of a baby back then. I wanna get it fixed, and darkened with small amounts of filigree going around the wrist and the sayings "Once upon a time" and "Happily ever after "

Gnar: That's awesome!!! I love that idea!! Do you have a favorite tattoo artist or parlor?

Tootie: Rock City in Rockford IL was my fav for a second until one of the artist there misspelled a bible verse on my forearm. Just my fucking luck right.. But there is this one artist in Rockford her name is Dawn and she is amazing. She's done a lot of my work and here in Chicago my new artist is a girl named Sam at Mastermind ink she did my friendship tattoo and hopefully will be doing more of my work

Gnar: Wow!!! Where you able to get the misspelled tattoo fixed?? 

Tootie: No and the cover up fucking sucked as well.. People grab my arm all the time and are like "what is that?" and my reply is "biggest mistake I made at 19" I found a laser removal place and its about 150 a session and it will take more the a few sessions to get it off .. Its funny cause there is only one day a month that they do it. Like bad tattoo day, and all these people flood in this high class plastic surgeons office with bad tattoos . That's how I imagine it at least.

Gnar: That sucks!! I agree it's so easy to get a bad tattoo, but extremely hard to fix or remove it! Do you have any goals or plans for later in life?

Tootie: Call me old fashion but somewhere later in life I want marriage and kids. I def can't have a kid now .. Haha shit I can barley take care of myself, and I don't like anyone enough right now to marry them but I'm def a hopeless romantic and that is what I want.

Twitter: Tootielaamazing