Katia - Maria

People - Issue 8

I begun getting tattooed timidly, in the summer of 2012. I went rather randomly to Paul (Uncl Paul). However, our acquaintance proved to be “fateful". The second time I visited him consciously and after having studied his portfolio well. The truth is that I didn't plan to get a sleeve done. I wanted  to get a “simple” plane leaf with various forms (nature, animals, etc. ) inside it. I described my idea to Paul in order to create the design. After we finished our meeting, we were having a small talk and jokingly I started to mention some images from the comics he makes that I had been impressed by and combined them with the themes of the movie "Jumanji". That was the key word. For me "Jumanji" is among my favorite movies and I've been always fascinated by the fact that it  involves the otherwise tranquil element of nature - with a chaotic manner - with the reality of a house which invades. For Paul it was a long awaited desire to create a design for a tattoo with themes from the movie. We were both thrilled and the sleeve was inevitable. The sleeve is something like my "happy place" and it combines the beauty of nature, that soothes me when brought in my mind, with darker aspects. It was completed after twelve three-hour appointments, which I can say they were very entertaining, despite the pain.

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Name: Katia - Maria
Profession: Photographer.
Residence: Piraeus.

How many tattoos do you have? 

So far I have two tattoos.

Which artist(s) did your tattoos? 

At Uncl Paul.

Which tattoo is your first and which one was your latest? 

My first one is a keyhole on my nape and my latest is the “Jumanji” sleeve.

Which tattoo is your favourite and why? 

I love them both; my first was something more “simple” while my second tattoo says a lot about me... there's a story behind it. 

Which tattoo artist do you admire? 

Xoil.

Which tattoo style do you like best? 

I like the comic style a lot and that's why I chose Paul.

Do you regret getting any of your tattoos, if so why?

Nope.

Have you done a tattoo cover up? 

No.

Have tattoos affected your life? If so, in what way? 

It's nice to see in your skin something that refers you to serenity - this is my "happy place".

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Katia wears dress from Monsterville Monsterville clothing store.

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The dress that Katia - Maria wears in the photoshoot is from Monsterville clothing store (Spyrou Trikoupi 10, Exarcheia).

Photos by Ino Mei.

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