ALISON MANNERS | TATTOO ARTIST

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i am Alison Manners. manners is not a fully sick ‘tat name’ i gave myself, it was a birthday present from my dad.
i have lived a reasonable number of years and tattooed for nearly half of my life. Some know me for the tattoos i have done on some what well known dudes in bands but i’m not a fan of coat tail riding so don’t really advertise this kind of information, i prefer to let my work speak for it’s self.

WHAT EMPOWERS YOU / GETS YOU OUT OF BED EVERY MORNING?

honestly?  one or all of my three animals bitching at me to get up and feed them/let them out
 

WAS THERE A PARTICULAR INCIDENT OR THOUGHT PROCESS THAT LED YOU
TO OPENING YOUR OWN SHOP?

theres rarely ONE event that leads to these kinds of changes or decisions, it was just the logical next step in my life and every moment before that lead me to do it.

FAVOURITE MOTTO, LYRIC OR PHRASE?

 LESS TALK, MORE ROCK… i.e shut the fuck up and do something. this can be applied to a great many scenarios

 

 

 

YOU’VE BEEN TATTOOING FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW, IS THERE ANYTHING
THAT STILL SURPRISES YOU ABOUT THE INDUSTRY?

not really, i’ll be a little taken back when i hear of another tattooer acting like a rockstar/crybaby/bitch ass jerk or whatever but then i remember peoples default it to suck. i love people, i think we are  all capable of tremendous good and compassion. we have the capacity to make each other happy but sometimes people struggle to even make themselves happy and instead of working on themselves, people just hate on everything else… it’s tired. like it takes more effort to be happy but i 100% think it’s worth it!

 

FIRST TAPE, CD OR VINYL YOU EVER OWNED?

probably cyndi lauper (but you know, second hand because i’m definitely not old enough to have had it the first time released :/ ) i remember the first vinyl i ever bought, it was a metalica album because i liked the art work but then when i got it home and played it, it scared me… but damn, i wish i had of kept it! 17 year old me wanted to kick 9 year old me for not keeping it!!

WHAT WOULD YOUR 16 YEAR OLD SELF THINK ABOUT YOUR LIFE RIGHT AT THIS SECOND?

oh man….16 year old me was pretty convinced she’d be dead by 24 so i think she’d be stoked? i honestly doubt she’d have had the capacity to understand the changes that were ahead of her.

 


 

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO AT THE MOMENT?

i’ve been listening to marilyn manson a bit lately, i mostly hit shuffle at work and just go with it. i don’t really listen to music at home, just netflix on in the background as i’m dong stuff.

 

BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT WORKING FOR YOURSELF?

worst thing is having to adult so damn much!  i have actual responsibilities which im not 100% down with. the best thing being i have a lot more control in my life and my brain appreciates that. i find being around a lot of people pretty overwhelming and i struggle to remain calm and together so having my own little space and sharing it with a chiiler like tilly dee is pretty great.

 

WHAT’S A MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATH AWAY?

i went to see the Monet exhibition in Melbourne a few years ago and i legit cried a little bit. it was so overwhelming seeing them in real life after spending so many years looking at them in books. i felt pretty lame to be honest but wow, it was just incredible.
i later found out theres a term for people that become so amazed by beautiful things that they cry… i can’t remember what its called but it made me feel a bit less lame.

 


Keep up to date with Alison’s incredible work on her INSTAGRAM and her past work at WEBSITE.
Alison has and is continuing to do incredible work and is doing it with a kind and open heart.
Much love x  

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