Hey guys and dolls, I'm Lesley Rose, published and agency represented model from Leeds bopping myself back and forth between there and London!
My tattoo journey started when I was 18 and the longest I've gone without being tattooed is probably 3 months! I have two full sleeves, one Japanese one Traditional, a piece on either side of my torso, a variety of stars down my spine, a piece at the bottom of my back, a large piece on the left side of my back, smaller pieces on the back on my thighs, my calves and feet and a large piece on my right thigh and medium sized piece on my left thigh! Lots there!
What made you start getting tattoos?
I started getting tattoos because I was envious of people who had them and really wanted them, I didn't actually realise at the time how addictive they were and my first I thought was huge at the time is one of the smallest ones I have!
How do you deal with the pain when getting tattooed?
I talk a lot so I genuinely just chat to my artist with the odd, 'OWW THAT HURTS' thrown in for good measure. They tell you not to hold your breath and relax but I still can't do that so I find myself holding my breath and scrunching my face up a lot haha.
What do your family think of your tattoos and have any of them got tattoos?
My mummy lovesssssss my tattoos now! It used to take her 24 hours to get over the fact that I'd changed AGAIN but now she trusts my judgement and knows I wouldn't get anything rubbish and she's fine with it! She has none but she wants one!
What Advice Would You Give?
Don't get tattooed before you're 18, don't pick an artist based on the hourly rate, look at the work they've previously done and always ask for a custom piece, don't get tattooed spur of the moment, if you're not sure...don't do it, I could go on and on for hours about this one!
''Don't get tattooed before you're 18, don't pick an artist based on the hourly rate, look at the work they've previously done and always ask for a custom piece, don't get tattooed spur of the moment, if you're not sure...don't do it'
What was your last tattoo and what are you going to get done next?
My last tattoo was the roses on my left side, going from the top of my bum up my side and onto my ribs and the next is going to be a mermaid down the right side of my back onto my bum, Sailor Jerry style.
What do you think of Paperchasers Ink magazine and how did you find out about it?
I love it! I found out about it because I'm featured in Issue 2, LOL
How many tattoos have you got?
Too many to count now! There comes a point when you have so many you can't count and you forget about some of them! I always forget about my back and my finger!
Oddfellows Tattoo Collective, Leeds
Dan 'Costa' Williams