Last week, Inkluded’s Kat went to Dark Horse Collective in Birmingham to get a Scorpio tattoo from artist Nicola Cry. She couldn’t wait to share her new piece with you all!
As a fellow tattoo artist I’ve been following Nicola Cry’s work ever since I met her at Inkluded’s tattoo art exhibition in October 2015 – we had both put art into the show.
I then recently entered her tattoo giveaway and thought nothing of it. Imagine my surprise when I actually won, as I never win anything! I decided that it was time for my Scorpio tattoo.
A strange sign
For me the Scorpio tattoo is so interesting because it’s a mysterious symbol. According to Astro Style, Scorpio is perhaps the most misunderstood sign of the zodiac:
“Secretive by nature, this sign brings us to shadowy and hidden places that we don’t usually have the courage to face. It is the sign of life, death and resurrection – Scorpio energy embraces these life cycles and continually transforms and reinvents itself.
There are actually four incarnations of Scorpio. The first is the venomous, possessive Scorpion itself. The second is the slippery, charming-yet-deadly snake. The third is the soaring eagle whose piercing gaze sharply observes the landscape (and its prey). The final version is the ever-burning, all-seeing Phoenix that rises up from the ashes into eternal rebirth.
The essence of Scorpio energy is magnetic, passionate, loyal, protective, trendsetting, controlling, powerful, charismatic, transformational, focused, loyal, healing, psychic, bonding-oriented and brave.”
My Scorpio tattoo
So here it is, the final product, and I love it!
Check out the way Nicola has brought the Scorpion’s essence into the lady’s hair and caught the penetrating gaze that Scorpios are known for. We managed to get the Scorpio constellation incorporated into the tattoo too. Nicola chose the colours based on her research into the sign.
My favourite thing about my Scorpio tattoo is that she is a warrior, not a sexualised female form which I find really refreshing. As scary as it is tattooing another tattoo artist, I think she did an awesome tattoo – one that I now get to take with me to the grave.
Meet the artist
Nicola is an incredibly talented graffiti writer and has been doing this for over 20 years. It is actually common for graffiti artists to delve into the world of tattooing.
With tattoos, we create a piece of art on someone and watch the skin walk out the door. Graffiti artists paint on something and leave it there for everyone to see, often until someone else paints over it. Non-attachment to your work is parallel between the two art-forms.
Challenges of tattooing today
What I find really interesting about Nicola is that although she has been an artist for over 20 years, she only started tattooing in her late thirties. Listening to her story brought my attention to the challenges people face looking to get into tattooing at a certain age.
For those of us with a few more cycles around the sun, trying to get an apprenticeship in the industry can be a real struggle. Sometimes it feels like, unless you’re young, with a zillion Instagram followers, posting a ton of selfies… you’re not getting anywhere. I really admire that Nicola keeps going and doing her thing.
As a new wearer of her art I am grateful that she is tattooing because her work is stunning.
Have you got any tattoos for your zodiac sign? I’d love to see them if you do!
Words: Kat Winifred
Photos: Various, as credited
Categories: Tattoo Artists and Art