Hey Everyone! TGIF..well, for most of you anyway. For me, it’s my Tuesday at work!
So last month I introduced Nerds with ink. This segment is called Inked Professionals, which features people who work or have worked in an office/corporate environment and sport tattoos under their suits.
Today I am featuring the lovely Terri Wilson, a former High School teacher and College professor, who’s current profession is a writer and editor. You can visit her blog at: www.terriluvsbooks.com
Hi Terri! Thanks for joining us today.
Does everyone call you Terri or Do your friends call you something different? My given name is Teresa, but everyone calls me Terri.
What made you want to get a tattoo (story behind it if there is one)? Where is it located?
I’m not necessarily a fast learner, so for me I wanted to tattoo my mantra on my body so I would see it all the time. I also wanted thought the connection between the pain of getting the tattoo would really make it sink into my head. I don’t see myself as a masochist, but I knew something dramatic would not soon be forgotten. (I hope that makes sense) It’s located on the inside of my left forearm.
Did you ever think in your wildest dreams, this is something you would ever do? Or does this not come as a surprise to those who are close to you?
I’ve wanted one for years, but just never pulled the trigger. I drove past the parlor one day and when I finally pulled in, that was spontaneous. I don’t think it came as a surprise to anyone. I kept it pretty quiet though, until it was finished.
How did you find the artist? Did you do a lot of research? Or did you just randomly choose a shop?
My husband got two tattoos several years ago and HE did a TON of research. So I just went to the one he went to. The parlor I chose was a the first woman-owned parlor in my town. I love her work and I wanted to support her. She does a lot of work with breast cancer survivors and young women who want to cover cutting. So go Girl Boss
Do your children know about it? What do they think?
My children loved it. They like to draw on themselves and sometimes they draw very elaborate designs. I’m sure as soon as they are older enough they will get one.
As a mother, would you let your children get one? And at what age would you allow it?
Absolutely. I would just caution them to wait long enough to make sure they get one they really want. I also want them to understand that even though I nor her dad care about tattoos, not everyone is going to feel that way. Depending on what career field they choose, they may need to get it in a place where it can be hidden. Our state won’t allow it until they are 18 and I want them to go to a clean honest place, so they have to at least be 18.
From your bio, you’ve had quite the career! Are you still teaching? If not, do you currently work in an office or from home?
I stopped teaching in a classroom when my first was born. I wanted to stay home. However, now I homeschool my kids, so I guess I’m still teaching. I also like the idea of teaching others anything I learn with writing, blogging, and editing. I’m currently working in my official “formal living room”. I used the spare bedroom for awhile, but I gave that up for my kids. I’ve also set myself up to be pretty mobile so I can work from anywhere.
Is your tattoo visible while working? Or do you keep it hidden?
I don’t hide my tattoo. I don’t have to. Now my husband prefers to keep his hidden while at work.
Have you had any negative reactions to your tattoo? Or have people in your circle of friends, family & co-workers been accepting of it?
No, at least not to my face. Everyone loves it. I think it when they know why I did it and what it means to me, it makes a lot of sense.
Do you have any future plans for more? If so, what do you think you will get?
Yes, I want to get a couple tattoo with my husband. We’ve been thinking about doing puzzles pieces that go together. We just can’t decide on what to put on the puzzle pieces or where to put them. I also want to get something with a steampunk slant. I’ve seen some of an octopus with a corset. So I’m thinking something like that. I’d also like to do some in honor of my children. Their totems (I chose them so it’s not real for them, just me) are a lady bug and a dragon fly. So something with that.
For those of you who work in a corporate or office environment and have tattoos, is your body art visible? Or does it need to remain hidden?
Let me know! I’d love to hear about it.