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evageisser introFor those of you who have followed our series from the beginning and thought that we will present an interview only with men and only musicians are wrong. We have prepared a little surprise. Today, our interlocutor was the charming Eva-Maria Geißer, designer for her own label Black Jewels Clothing. She has not only good taste, but many delightful tattoos too.

Reflections of Darkness [RoD]: When did you get your first tattoo and what was it? Did it take much time until you decided to get it done?
Eva: I have made my first tattoo at 18. It is a small Chinese sign which means happiness and success. The decision was very spontaneous. At that time, we became champions of the tournament. Today this small sign is part of a big tattoo.

RoD: How many tattoos do you have? Could you please tell us their story?
Eva: So far, I have about 18 tattoos and most of them have a story. For example, the two angels on my back I have made after the death of my mother. The rest I will keep better for myself.

RoD: Have you already got all the tattoos that you wanted or will you get some new ones in the future?
Eva: There is still something to do. I think I'll never finish. And if so, then because of lack of space :-)

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RoD: Have all your tattoos been done by one tattoo artist or by different ones? How do you choose the tattoo artist? In addition, who draws your sketches?
Eva: The biggest part was made by the same tattoo artist. I will stay with him. I saw his works and I immediately liked them. He simply knows exactly what I like. I trust him blindly. If sketches were necessary, he did this for me as well. On this point, best wishes to my dearest and best tattoo artist Andre Kulzac from The Bloody Bucket Shop in Marktredwitz.

RoD: Getting tattooed hurts, how do you cope with the pain during the sessions?
Eva: Most body parts were good to bear. Really bad for me was cleavage and breastbone. Then I wanted to kill my tattoo artist *laugh* and I cursed myself. But as soon as it was finished and the pain lags, I already thought about the next tattoo.

RoD: Do you regret getting tattooed sometimes?
Eva: NO!

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RoD: What is your taboo in terms of tattoos? What kind of tattoo would you never get done and don’t like to see on other people?
Eva: I think of the fast only politically motivated tattoos. I don’t think that I need to explain why…

RoD: Some people say that the drive to acquire body art is addictive while others say it fails to meet the true definition of an addiction, simply calling it a passion. Is it really impossible to stop?
Eva: Oh, yes, that's true! *Laugh*

RoD: Last year’s tattoos are a new trend; many people do not care about the meaning, they just want to have something coloured on the skin, to be in trend. Those people often just go into a tattoo salon and ask which drafts they have. Tattoo artists are not artists any more, they produce consumer goods. Not all of them, of course. How do you feel about this situation?
Eva: Live and let other live their own way. If somebody thinks that he needs to have tattoos to be in trend, he can do this. Everyone is responsible for themselves. Personally, I find it absolutely nonsensical. As a tattoo artist, you can sometimes walk on a narrow ridge. On the one hand you want to provide your service, on the other hand, you feel responsible for stuff which you are doing. But you better ask a tattoo artist. I can only guess.

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RoD: I would like to talk about the social aspect of tattoos, too. Previously, many people believed that if you have a tattoo, you will be never be successful and will not find a "good" job. Have this state of mind and people's perceptions changed or are these prejudices still alive?
Eva: I think the perception has changed. Still not enough, but it is a steady change. A few years ago it was very difficult to find a job with visibly tattoos in social profession. This currently is not so bad anymore. Over the past few years so many professional groups have gotten tattoos that the things should be changed. And it should be so, because tattoos do not tell about my skills as well as colourful hair does not, or piercings or unusual clothes.

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RoD: Which advice would you give to people who are going to get their first tattoo? How to choose a tattoo artist? Colour or black and white? Any practical advice?
Eva: You should be sure and never forget that it is for a lifetime. When choosing the tattooist, you should not look at the price. Quality, skills and hygiene have their price. The style of the tattoo should please you and the sympathy was always very important for me. You trust your body to this person. Whether colour or just black and white, everyone must decide for themselves. I like colour very much.

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Project by Daria Tessa and Daniela Vorndran, Interview by Daria Tessa
Pictures by Daria Tessa (https://www.facebook.com/tessaswelten/)


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