Maria Milona

People - Issue 10

The main influence regarding my tattoos is myself. Ever since I can remember me, I have the memory of that old - school chewing gum with the yellow piece of paper that gave a "tattoo" as a gift! I was also often attending with my mother many beauty and hairdressing conventions and was always leaving adorned with henna. Most of my tattoos have been done at Mavridis' tattoo studio; Tattooligans. My first tattoo is the stars and I did it when I was sixteen. It may be rather small, however its sentimental value is priceless. Along the way, the "brother" and friend John (Live2) was experimenting on us, simply because he adored tattoo so much. For me, there is no better man, or a professional colour tattoo artist with a "different" style other than Live2. That's why I started my arm tattoo with him; the rose and the butterflies were done in 2010 at the 4th Athens Tattoo Convention. Someday I hope to get lucky and that we'll continue and finish it! Two months later, again in 2010, Kostis Damoulakis aka Jamer tattooed a realistic piece of a girl's face on my instep. Kostis is no longer tattooing. Nowadays, he only paints and it is a great honour to have a tattoo by such a talented painter of my generation. For my fingers I trusted the "grandfather" (Dimitris HandMadeTattoo) - crazy moments of laughter and my chest to my friend and neighbor Pande Lee (Dirty Roses); the combination he did is just amazing. I would describe my relationship with tattoo as a "happy" one, because of the beautiful moments and special people in my life. That's why I can't distinguish them. I consider them all special and beloved; that's why I got them in the first place. And now that I have the opportunity, I would like to thank all the tattoo artists who make me feel so good!

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Name: Maria Mylona
Profession: Hair - Nail Artist.
Residence: Thessaloniki - downtown.

How many tattoos do you have? 

I can't remember.

Which artist(s) did your tattoos? 

Live2, Jamer, Dimitris (handmade tattoo), Giannakis, Pande Lee (Dirty).

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

The stars were the first one and the fingers the latest one.

Which tattoo is your favourite and why? 

I don't have a favourite one.

Which tattoo artist do you admire? 

The ones that have already tattooed me.

Which tattoo style do you like best? 

I' m not so much concerned about the style, as long as the result looks satisfying to my eyes.

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

No.

Have you done a tattoo cover up? 

Yes, on my neck.

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

They don't have a negative affect, just a positive one.

Do you have an activity of yours that you would like to mention? 

Dog, paintings and books lover.

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Photos by Victor Malkievic.
Make up by Chrisi Milona.
Nails & Hair by Maria Milona / Hair Line Beauty Salon.

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