That’s Just Like, Your Opinion: The Pain, The Power

The WorkingClass cats recently held an exhibition at The Upstairs of tattoo artist Nic Lewis’s work called The Pain, The Power. We hit it up and after a performance by STRAGE, a couple slices of pizza and some perusing of the work on display, we chatted to a couple of you about tattoos.

 

Tattoos, once a sign of rebellion and general bad-assery, are now seen on everybody from prisoners to doctors. Even that really nice girl that you didn’t have the courage to talk to at school has a sneaky mark of independence and self-definition hidden away under those church outfits. We chatted to some youths about why they chose to mark their bodies with ink.

 

Keswyn and Abbey

DIY: I need you names, and what you do

Keswyn: I’m Keswyn. I’m a make-up artist

Abbey: I’m Abbey, and I’m an interior designer.

DIY: Do you guys have any tattoos? If yes, what are they?

Keswyn: Yes I do. I have a symbol showing 5 infinity’s with a flowery bird design around it

Abbey: Indeed, a butterfly, I was 18.

DIY: Are you gonna get more?

Abbey: Noooo.

DIY: Why not?

Abbey: They’re not really my thing

Keswyn: I’m not sure what my next one is gonna be, but I’m definitely getting another one.

DIY: What do you think of the work on display tonight?

Keswyn: It’s great.

Abbey: It’s nice to see artists expressing themselves in different mediums

 

Jess and Robyn

DIY: Names and what you do

Robyn: I’m Robyn and I’m a marketing co-ordinator

Jess: I’m Jess and I’m a student

DIY: Do you guys have tattoos?

Robyn: Yes

Jess: Yup

DIY: What are they?

Robyn: 2 Matryoshka dolls, The offspring of a heart and aeroplane, and an ode to tank girl

Jess: A woman and man-bird.

DIY: Do you regret them?

Robyn: Definitely not

Jess: No

DIY: What’re your next tattoos gonna be?

Jess: A portrait of my cat drinking a cup of coffee and eating a rusk

Robyn: An anchor cross a heart shaped frame with an image of a ship sinking just before a light house

DIY: Legit.

Robyn and Jess (in unison): It’s rad!

 


Martin (Right)

DIY: Your name and what you do?

Martin: Martin and I’m a video editor, I guess.

DIY: Tattoos?

Martin: Definitely. I’ve got a big ass pocket watch with wings. I’ve got a rad Arab dagger, and a red ruby that says ‘Good Times’ on my forearm, and an anchor.

DIY: What’s your next tattoo?

Martin: Ah man, I’ve been thinking about this for a while. It’s basically an all seeing eye, you know with the triangle and shit, except the triangle is a deep fried samoosa, and there’s a scroll underneath that says 031, and there’s a tear coming out of the eye, not because it’s sad but because of the chilli. I’m toying with the idea of having crossed chillies underneath too.

DIY: Do you regret any of your tattoos?

Martin: No way man. I mean, tattoos are something you’re gonna have on you forever, so you’ve gotta think about it and make sure you have an awesome design.

DIY: Any thoughts on the work here tonight?

Martin: To be honest, I got here, had a slice of pizza, got chatting to some people, got sidetracked, watched Strage, and now I’m outside talking to you, so I haven’t had a chance to really check it out, but I’m pretty amped. It’s cool that tattoo artists are getting a chance to display their drawings and stuff, ‘cause that’s something they spend a lot of time doing. I was expecting just photos of dudes tattoos, but this is really cool.

 

*All images © Russell Grant

 

Got any tattoos? Regret them or are you super proud of your body’s decorations? Do they have any meaning to you or are they just pretty pictures? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

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4 Responses to “That’s Just Like, Your Opinion: The Pain, The Power”
  1. N says:

    “Ah man, I’ve been thinking about this for a while. It’s basically an all seeing eye, you know with the triangle and shit, except the triangle is a deep fried samoosa, and there’s a scroll underneath that says 031, and there’s a tear coming out of the eye, not because it’s sad but because of the chilli. I’m toying with the idea of having crossed chillies underneath too.”

    Fucking YES.

  2. Martin says:

    Haha! i’m pretty keen to get that, it was thought up within a day.
    Sometimes you just know what you want and not much planning is necessary.
    Ross Hallam from JHB will hopefully do it for me. Thats dude’s boss.

  3. Masterbaiter says:

    Pretty fucking lame article.

  4. Jolling! says:

    Pretty fucking lame comment.

    What’s with all these newbs trying to bite my style? I’m the original DIY critic.

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