Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tattoo Tuesday V.109

Name and blog name: Sammi Sadler- 280213.blogspot.com
Age: 24
Occupation: Account & retail Manager at Miss L Fire and Shellys - Shoes!
Age of first tattoo: Too young!
Favorite tattoo: I honestly don't have a favourite! I love them all for different reasons.
Featured tattoo/location: My locket chest piece; with lots of flowers.
Artist/shop/location of featured tattoo: Aimée Lou (one of my best friends, too!) at Bespoke Tattoo in Guildford, Surrey, U.K! Check out her Facebook page and be sure to give her a 'Like' - or even better, go get tattooed by her!

1) Tell us about your featured tattoo- is there a background story about why you chose it, or maybe a special meaning?

Going back a few years, I didn't think I would ever want a chest piece! It was one of those decisions that many people go through when you slowly accumulate more and more tattoos - do I want to have more visible work? I guess I decided to go for it, and I love how my chest piece turned out. I knew I wanted it to have a lot of detail, whilst not being too overcrowded- Aimée's work is often intricate and I adore that aspect of it. I wanted to keep it feminine, colourful and not too personal. I decided on a locket and flowers; both have great aesthetic appeal for me and I knew it would remain super colourful, and something I could smile at when I look in the mirror! After all, it remains the biggest single piece I have and the one I look at the most!

2) Do you have any other tattoos? If so, what do you have and where?

I do indeed! I currently have: one full sleeve with a ship at sea, anchor, teacup, winged locket, lilies, stars, crown with 'Keep Calm And Carry On'' (my British statement!) perfume bottle, and hourglass. I have a woodland half sleeve in progress on my right arm - currently with a deer couple, roses, fox and rabbit. On the bottom of my right arm, I have a lollipop and a pink and green ice cream cone!

I have script across my thighs that reads 'When it rains, it pours', a cute carousel horse on my right upper thigh, traditional rose on my left knee-cap, peacock on my left shin, hot air balloon on the side of my left leg, pin-up girl on my left calf, swallows on my feet, cat tattoo (dedicated to one of my cats, Biscuit - he is dressed up as a Victorian gent! This isn't complete yet) on my right shin, couple in a ships' wheel on my right ankle, 'Everything will be OK' on the sides of my hands, and some teeny tiny things on my fingers (key, heart, anchor etc).

3) Do you plan on getting more?

For sure! I have a lot of appointments already booked in with Aimée for the year ahead.

4) How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)? Have you run into any adversity or negativity because of them? Do you have a significant other? Does he/she have tattoos?

My family vary in their opinions, but I must say the general view is that they don't like them. My dad in particular cannot stand them, and thinks they can only make a person look worse! However, I am very, very close to my dad and he honestly means the world to me, so I hope this never, ever gets in the way of our relationship. My fiancee, Anton, loves them! He has a number of tattoos and he really wants more - he works in a more corporate environment so has to be a little more careful than I do. He loves my tattoos, too, which is awesome!

Yes, I have run into a lot of negativity. Most of the time, I find people in England mainly give me evil glares, or look me up and down in a rather condescending manner (it drives me mental!). I try not to get too wound up though - at the end of the day, I totally understand why people don't like tattoos...I just don't like being judged for being a tattooed person. I'm a decent human being, I promise!

5) What's the most interesting experience you've ever had in regards to your tattoos?

This is a very difficult question! There have been a lot of random, fun, weird and horrible experiences due to having them...

I was once with some friends going to the Royal Courts of Justice (in London, a bit of culture!) and I was questioned by a security guard working there, as we was certain he recognised me. I informed him I was positive that I didn't know him, and then he came to the conclusion that I was definitely a Suicide Girl and was rather chuffed with himself...Hmm! (I'm not, by the way).

I guess the best experiences I've had are making awesome friends due to the tattoo 'affiliation'. I'm not saying I only have tattooed friends, far from it in fact, but I've met some lovely people through it all!

6) Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed but haven't gotten one yet?

- Find a great artist! This really goes without saying.
- Make sure you can live with whatever you decide to get tattooed on you.
- Understand that your day to day life may not be as easy if you plan on having a lot of work - summer makes things a lot harder for me! Sometimes I really don't give a crap about the evil stares, rude comments or even positive interest, but other days I really, really want to be left alone and I'm not at all in the mood to talk to strangers. Just be prepared for this.
- As well as eating a decent, full meal before your appointment, I recommend taking a good, sugary snack with you when you get tattooed as well.
- Drink plenty of water when you are getting tattooed!
- Enjoy your artwork - I love being tattooed, I love tattoos and I wouldn't be without them for all the tea in China!


  1. One of my favorite tattoo tuesdays yet! She's so cute and I love her chest piece<3

  2. i'm a new reader and really like your blog! your such a beautiful woman and i like your tattoos :)
    maybe you will visit my blog - paradieskind.blogspot.com

  3. Her tattoos are great - I love her chest piece and her cat tattoo. x

  4. Yay for featuring Sammi, she is one of my style icons. :)

  5. Awesome!! I live in Guildford too so going to check out Aimee too :)

  6. Beautiful girl! Lovely tattoos and great style x

  7. Your tattoos are glorious ....Aimee-Lou's work is fantastic I had my first tattoo in August (Aged 56 !!) and I'm off for another one in March.........my partner used to have dreads and people used to look at him as if he had two heads or something.....keep your head held high and proud you are very beautiful with your tattoos......x

  8. What beautiful work. And she is positively adorable!

  9. So adorable and gorgeous. Love her!

  10. I am totally familliar with that up and down look, it drives me mental too! And yup, summertime taking public transit sometimes makes me feel like a circus freak. haha AAGHH
    Real nice tattoos! :)

    1. Tell me about it!

      Thank you, and the same to you! :)

  11. i think this might be my favorite tattoo tuesday ever! she has the most beautiful tattoos!

  12. She is lovely! What a beautiful, well-spoken woman.

  13. she is so beautiful; i can see why the guard thought she was a suicide girl (: love the tattoos & love her wardrobe!

  14. Absolutely beautiful,
    tattoos if done properly are beautiful displays of artwork. I love them, though I do not have any of my own, I am planning on getting them!
    Best regards,

  15. Wow! She is so beautiful. I love the hot air balloon. Such beautiful detailing. xo, rv


  16. Oh my goodness! So much vivid color! I am in love with all your lovely and pretty tattoos Sammi!

    1. Bless you, thanks! I'm lucky to know such an awesome tattoo artist :)

      (I adore your hair colour by the way; I'm hoping to get to near that tone eventually!!)

  17. this is such a great interview! i love it! she's so cute and positive and i love it!

    drop by allister bee soon!

  18. She's sooo gorgeous! This may be my fav "tattoo tuesday" in a while. I wonder if she'll let me come over and raid her closet! lol

  19. Definitely one of my fave Tattoo Tuesdays, her work is stunning! I love it all.

  20. not only is she beautiful, but all of her tattos are stunning! some of my favorite I've seen thus far on Tattoo Tuesday. Really inspires me to find a great artist for my first one!

  21. beautiful work! if i'm ever back in England, I'm definitely looking her artist up!

  22. Hey! It's Sammi <333 She has the cutest blog and it makes me happy seeing her here :) I am also happy to finally read about her tattoos. I always admire them. Happy Valentines day!


  23. She is fantastic! Great tattoos!