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Interview with tattooed witch Morianna Ravenswood

“When did you get your first tattoo?”

As we all know, there’s a constant debate about tattoos and age. I think it’s true to say that there is more of a general acceptance of ‘younger’ people getting inked, mainly due to generational differences. Meaning, that when my mum decided to get her first tattoo this year, aged 60, she was met with a lot of negative criticism from friends and family her age.

Tattoos have been a huge part of my life for years, and the person who has been closest to me on that journey is my mum. She reads every Inkluded article before it goes live – she is my biggest fan, she is my rock, she is my inspiration.

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So, when she told me she was considering getting inked for her 60th birthday this year, I was so excited. I have spent the last 27 years subconsciously copying her, and now, after 60 years on earth, she was developing an interest in something that had stemmed from me. Awesome.

Rather than spin my interview into a jazzy article, this time, I will simply leave one woman to do the talking….

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“I guess I will start by telling you about me. My name is Adele, I own a wedding venue in Lancashire but now live in the Cotswolds and run the business from there. Aside from that I am also an author (of paranormal literature) and a tarot reader of over 30 years’ experience (www.tarotreadingsonline.co.uk). I am also a practicing witch and initiated High Priestess.

So why did I decide to get my tattoo? Well, I will start by making you laugh and telling you that I had my first ‘homemade’ tattoo aged 14 (I know). My friend and I tattooed each other with Indian ink and a pin. This is just was what you did in 1969 when you were too afraid to go into a tattoo ‘parlour’ – as they were called! It was a heart and a boys’ initial – that’s all you need to know!

These were hidden from my mum successfully for years. I eventually had them both removed many years later by skin graft… how things have moved on! My father had tattoos too, so I am no stranger to them and of course more recently my daughter has acquired several (think that’s an understatement!) and so I’m still fascinated by them.

My decision to get my own at the age of 60 was for that very reason.

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My tattoo is a beautiful watercolour raven in flight. Ravens are important to me and my witchcraft heritage, as my witch name is Morianna Ravenswood, a name I chose myself as every witch does once she is accepted into The Craft. Ravens symbolise many things, but for me it is the embodiment of The Morrigan who is a celtic goddess of myth.  She is a warrior queen, a shape shifter and her symbol is the raven, a bird which is said to hover over the battlefields of the dead.

My daughter helped me chose my artist. I asked her advice on who to go to, as I had no idea at all. I think personal recommendation in any industry is vital, but even more so with this medium, as body art is a totally personal thing. That being said, it also has to be ‘just right’ for you, so I respected her knowledge and advice. In this respect, I do think Inkluded is a great thing. I am pleased to see how she features so many tattooists out there, as this can only help people like me who really don’t know where to start looking!

Before my tattoo, I was nervous, excited but above all, committed to doing it. Several people I know tried to dissuade me in the weeks leading up to it, but I was determined. I knew I wouldn’t be one of those people who says they’ll do it, then reneges.

How do I feel about my tattoo now? I love it. It empowers me, both as a woman (of my age) and as a witch. I look at it all the time and can’t quite believe that it’s there after so much talking about it, I did it.

Since I posted pictures on Facebook of my inclusion into the tattooed world, loads of my girlfriends (of my age or a little younger) have said they want one too. Maybe I’m a trendsetter after all?

I would say no matter what your age, if you want to do it, think long and hard about it. Then if you still want to do it, then DO IT. Why not? Age, as they say, is just a number, and I’m reliably informed that 60 is the new 40!

I wouldn’t change anything about my tattoo. Dave from Shakespeare Ink took great pains to get it just how I envisaged it. The size, the colour, the style. Age, really, has nothing to do with any of it…”

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