Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Arty Tattoo Is a Thing of Beauty a[euro][approximately]It Is a Huge commitmenta[euro][TM]; Fallon Hudson Talks to Women about the Stories Behind the Tattoos

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Arty Tattoo Is a Thing of Beauty a[euro][approximately]It Is a Huge commitmenta[euro][TM]; Fallon Hudson Talks to Women about the Stories Behind the Tattoos

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PINK cherry blossoms float down from Kelly Koolstra-Aplinas shoulder to her wrist.

Her black and white spot knit top hides only a few petals on her ivory skin. As she talks her ruby lips move fast on her flawless face.

Mrs Koolstra-Aplin loves all things beautiful, which is reflected through the tattoos on her skin.

Along with the cherry blossoms and the names of her children and husband, she has a red rose, which was her first tattoo.

The rose was planted on her hip with a needle and ink by her husband Mick Aplin who owns Maiden Ink Tattoos.

Before she goes into the studio to get another piece of art, she paces around and has a couple of nervous bathroom visits.

It is easy to chat with her; she has the gift of the gab.

aI talk a lot as it is, and just before I talk even more and I donat shut upa.

Once in the chair her body relaxes, getting tattooed is a great experience, she is in the endorphin zone.

When she met her husband they were both living in Seymour in Victoria near the military base Puckapunyal, where she would watch him tattoo.

After a while she started to appreciate the art of what people put on their body.

As a make-up artist and photographer Mrs Koolstra-Aplin embraces her girly nature and says she looks at women and where they get their tattoos and gets quite envious.

aI think I would love to have that on my skin, but I have to stop and think that it wouldnat be me and later on I would not like it on myself.

aThat is why I am not heavily covered as such, because I may like it today, hate it tomorrow.a

She said in moments where she is not quite sure on a design she would make her husband draw on a stencil for a few days, only to decide she hated it.

aFor women, we know we want something and we want to show it off.

aFor men it is so much easier to bang it out on the skin, whereas women, we still want to look good about ourselves, when we are wearing our clothes, when we are picking up our kids from school or doing the everyday things. …

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