ARTIST COLLABORATION: MOTHER SHELLY OF TATTOO ZOO
Baggins Blog (BB): Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Mother Shelly (MS): My name is Shelly, but you can call me Mom. I have been a part of the Tattoo Zoo crew for six months now. I moved here from Quebec a year ago with my boyfriend and our two hairless cats! In 2012 I started tattooing and then I took a break and came back stronger!
BB: Can you tell us a little about how you found your signature style?
MS: The world of tattooing is forever evolving and I think that it's especially hard in your earlier career to really say that you have a signature style. You try new things, then you become comfortable with it, then that becomes your signature style and then you re-do the same thing!
BB: What is your favourite thing about tattooing?
MS: Seeing my client’s faces when they look at their tattoo. It makes me super happy to see that they are thrilled having something that I created on their body.
BB: Can you talk us through your customized Baggins Original?
MS: I got inspired by classic tattoo flash, lady’s profile, butterfly, skull and rose.
MS: My go-to shoes are definitely Vans slip-ons. I have so many pairs of Vans and have bought Vans for as long as I can remember.
BB: What is your favourite thing to do in Victoria?
MS: I moved here a year ago and I feel like I still have so much to see! I really enjoy taking walks on the beaches and seeing the tiny goats in Beacon Hill Park.
BB: Who have you been listening to recently?
MS: I’ve binge-watched the new Sabrina Netflix show in about two days – if you haven’t watched it yet I highly recommend it!
BB: How did you start creating art? Why do you make art?
MS: First time I picked up a pen I started drawing, it’s a great way to express how you feel inside sometimes or just create something that will please the eyes.
BB: Can you tell us about the space where you create?
MS: Since I mostly draw on my iPad I can create pretty much anywhere! My creating space is almost always a different one, at work, on the beach, at the park, etc.
BB: What are the circumstances where you feel most inspired?
TATTOO ZOO LOVES TATTOOING YOU!
Tattoo Zoo has been providing a welcoming atmosphere for all walks of life since 1994. Nestled in the heart of Downtown Victoria, you can find Tami Tattoos and the rest of this team of creatives just outside the Fabulous Fort neighbourhood, at 826 Fort Street. Tattoo Zoo has built a reputation as a leading tattoo studio in the city for providing the highest quality body-art in a variety of styles. Whether you're in need of a cover-up, a bold pop of colour, a beautiful black and grey piece or something more traditional, Tattoo Zoo is the place for you. If you haven't check them out before, do yourself a favour and stop in to say hello! One thing is for sure, Mother Shelly and the other folks at Tattoo Zoo love tattooing you!
Learn even more about Mother Shelly and Tattoo Zoo by visiting their website or checking out their IG feed! If you're in the neighbourhood, we suggest popping by the shop! You might even get to meet Gerry and Sarah's insta-famous pup, Walter. Stay tuned for more Tattoo Zoo greatness coming your way in a flash!
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