Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Krystal-Lee Has an Inkling of What Makes Great Art; People She Meets along the Way

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Krystal-Lee Has an Inkling of What Makes Great Art; People She Meets along the Way

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Carlie

Walker

carlie.walker@frasercoastchronicle.com.au

IT'S a form of self-expression that used to be reserved for criminals and sailors, Hervey Bay's Krystal-Lee Staib wryly notes.

But C[pounds sterling]getting ink doneC[yen] has become increasingly popular Co and increasingly socially acceptable Co and Krystal-Lee, who has designed and created tattoos for many years right here on the Fraser Coast, has seen many trends come and go.

Trends change every year Co not only the type of tattoos requested, but also the style of the tattoos.

Krystal-Lee said realism and bright colours had proven to be popular so far this year while many people were also opting for bigger pieces, such as half or full sleeves.

C[pounds sterling]They take a few more sittings,C[yen] she said.

Working on the bigger pieces gives Krystal-Lee the chance to interact with her clients more and get a feel for who they are Co and what inspires their choices when it comes to deciding on a tattoo.

C[pounds sterling](Tattoos) are becoming more and more acceptable,C[yen] she said.

She said the choices people made often came down to their gender and their age.

Oriental-style tattoos were popular among men but for women butterflies, flowers and other smaller, more delicate pieces were consistently popular, Krystal-Lee said.

Krystal-Lee started learning the art of tattooing when she was about 18.

She started out as an apprentice at Maryborough tattoo parlour Comfortably Numb.

After working there she travelled and worked at other parlours before finding work at Tattoos on Churchill in Childers, where she is working now.

Krystal-Lee enjoys creating the tattoos as much as actually drawing them.

Often a client will come to her with an idea and she will work to bring the idea to life.

Sometimes a person's choice of tattoo can be controversial.

An 80-year-old German man recently approached her, wanting a white supremacist tattoo.

Krystal-Lee said she didn't judge people on the choices they made when it came to getting a tattoo.

C[pounds sterling]I see everything as art,C[yen] she said. …

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