As for the tattoo business, I think it’s become quite popular now. That’s why a lot of people are doing it. It’s quite the trend and there are a lot of people out there doing it now. There’s really nothing like it.
The other thing I think is, if a child came up and said to me, ‘You know, I’d like to be the first one to get tribal tattoos’, I would say definitely that shouldn’t happen and that it’s something I’d try to stop, because of the stigma that goes with it, which is completely unhelpful for people’s health, physically and emotionally.
When you saw your daughter’s tattoo, you were really happy with her and you didn’t give a fuck about any of the criticism. But she started talking the next day, and you remember how it affected her and made her realise what she was doing was wrong. And it was just something, I think, that you could never say that you can’t do.
A lot of people seem to think that, by going to Tribal, you can only do that when your family is in Australia, and that when it’s overseas, the tattoo will come out.
For us, it’s really important that the tattoos that we do reflect our own identity and our culture, not other people’s. That’s why it’s important that the tribal tattoos reflect Aboriginal culture but also the Australian Aboriginal culture.
What’s your definition of tattoo culture?
We’re not mainstream, but when people go to Tribal, they’re probably more comfortable with all the tattoos than the average person is.
If someone asks you to do the tattoo on your forearm or somewhere like that, they’re probably interested to find out what you can do. And that’s it, that’s where it stops and they’re in complete shock about it.
How did you get your tattoo?
At a point we didn’t have any tattoos on our forearms or anywhere else. But one day, I saw a picture of a tribal tattoo and immediately thought, “This is the ideal place to get them”.
People come to Tribal looking for tattoos and I think that that is something that we need to do more to make the tattoos more recognisable. That’s definitely what I think people are doing.
We are going to be the first one to say that there are lots of different tattoos. There are all kind of tattoos, whether it’s tribal, military,
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