Lucie / Femme Voyou

People - Issue 27

I have always known that I was going to be totally covered by tattoos...but before I will explain why...let me explain why it took me so much time to start...I was so scared of needles! I was terrified! But I guess it’s a good thing cause thanks to that I didn’t do some tattoos I wanted to do when I was eighteen, and trust me what I wanted at this age...well...let’s just thanks my ex needles’ phobia! So finally, in my early twenties I did my first tattoo, not without fainting twice! But that was it. I was hooked!

All my life I have been struggling with my image and mostly with my body. After a few tattoos I realized that I was feeling more confident and more beautiful. In fact, I was hiding myself under my tattoos! Like an armour; I was feeling stronger and the funny fact is that with tattoos - I mean a lot of tattoos - people look at you a lot, but I was feeling like they were not looking at me. They were just watching my ink and I liked that! It gave me the freedom to be whoever I wanted to be. But one day, making tattoos was not enough to cover my obesity... I decided to changed my life and my body! And 45 kilos lost later, here I am! Now I am tattooing my body because I love it, and not because I want to hide it! The fun fact with that weight loss is that my tattoos didn’t move...they just got darker! 

Today I am a tattoo apprentice because I have realized that tattoo is all my life! It’s so important to me I cannot even explain why. It’s a part of me, it’s who I am.

I left France to come back to Athens just in time for the lockdown. I used to live in Athens for five years before that because for me Athens is the best place to be creative! I felt in love with this crazy chaotic city just like I felt in love with tattoos! I couldn’t imagine being an apprentice somewhere else. So I am now the “kako koritsi” (femme_voyou) of the Doctor Pepper Tattoo and Art Hub and I love it! Working everyday surrounded by talented artists, meeting new people, and tattooing my customers in that studio with that atmosphere is an amazing feeling! 

Now my dream is to help people to express their feelings, to love their body, to feel unique. I want to be part of this world; the tattoo world. Every time someone trusts me with my art and asks for a tattoo I feel so blessed and thankful. Being on someone’s skin for ever, making them feel more confident, beautiful, proud...it’s a blessing. 

From the obese girl scared of needles to the tattoo apprentice tattooing herself. Well I feel like a total different person. So if you need to keep one thing from this text is: EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, WORK HARD, BE CRAZY ENOUGH AND EVERYTHING WILL HAPPEN. BE PATIENT AND NEVER STOP DREAMING!

Name: Lucie.
Occupation: Tattoo Apprentice.
Place of Residence: Athens.

How many tattoos do you have? 

Maybe around 75. 

Which artist(s) did your tattoos?

Franck (Dr. Pepper Tattoo), Tam & Mr French (Darkside), Joyless is not sad, Holyneco, Vasso Handpoke...

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

My first is my family "logo" on my right arm. My last is the black area on my left ear.

Which tattoo is your favourite and why? 

My favourite tattoo used to be my ΤΙΝ tattooed on my arm but now I have the "Love Me Please" that is the "story of my life". 

Which tattoo artist do you admire?

I admire Dr. Pepper for his realistic tattoos and Oscar Hove for his blackwork. 

Which tattoo style do you like best? 

Full black! But I also love graphic tattoos and minimalist.

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

No…and if I will…then that will be a perfect excuse to get a full black!  

Have you done a cover up and if so what exactly?  

It’s actually my next tattoo!

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

Indeed! Tattoos changed my life! I am now more confident and…well…I am a tattoo apprentice…tattoos are my life.

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

Well, except of being addicted to tattoo? I guess spend too much time on Instagram (#notashamed).

Photos by Ino Mei.

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