180 Proof

Sex sensation Tila Tequila mixed Jell-O
wrestling, catfights, tattoos, and blowup
dolls into an explosive cocktail of
entertainment, all in the name of love.

While you’re reading this, Tila Tequila is taking over the world. Since rocketing into the libidos of men and women everywhere with her saucy MySpace photos, the pintsized model has created an entire industry based on her sex-icon status. She still maintains her MySpace page (with over three million friends and counting), her MTV show A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila was the second highest rated show on the network, and this fall she’s publishing a book, Hooking Up with Tila Tequila. Your sex life will never be the same.

INKED: You recently said that you are planning to go away after this season of Shot at Love With Tila Tequila. Are we going to see you again?
TILA TEQUILA: Oh yeah. I just need a break. I’ve been working non-stop. We wrapped the first season and started the second season right after. I just need some time off. I’ve never really had a vacation.

This season must have been particularly stressful, especially after Chad broke Bo’s jaw in a fight. Did that upset you?

Chad was just a moron. That’s not anyone I would ever want to be with. This guy broke Bo’s face. Bo is going to have a metal plate in his face for the rest of his life. His face is messed up forever. That’s wrong. I don’t condone that type of violence. We had fights last season, and I don’t condone that either, but no one got hurt to that extent. It was really messed up.

Chad has since said some pretty nasty things about you and the show on his MySpace page. Is it weird to have to defend yourself on MySpace considering that’s where you got your start?

No. I learned from last season with these idiots that if you say bad things, you’re just giving them more press and that’s what they want. What’s the point in giving them what they want and being negative? Like [season one winner] Bobby [Banhart], for instance. He keeps popping up trying to get his 15 seconds. Get over it, move on, go away.

The funniest moment this season was watching George walk on broken glass and writhe around in pain until you revealed that the glass was fake.
That was hilarious! I knew ahead of time, of course, so I was cracking up inside because everyone was asking if he was okay. He was really being a baby about it and complaining the whole time, saying, “I’m bleeding and I’m really hurt.” He was so mad after I told him the glass was fake. When everyone laughed, he tried to defend himself, but the more he defended himself, the funnier it got.

For two seasons, you’ve used the show to try to find a romantic relationship. Are you a hard person to date?

It’s pretty easy to date me, actually. All I want to do is love you and then I have my job. If you start to feel like my job is too much, I don’t need that. I need someone who can understand where I’m coming from. My job is just a job. When I come home I’m just Tila. Not Tila Tequila. If you don’t get the two mixed up, we should be fine.

Is it tougher to date girls because they borrow your clothes?

No. I love that! I love sharing clothes and dressing her up. It’s like having a living Barbie doll. You can’t really do those kinds of things with a guy. Guys hate shopping with girls and we hate bringing you along. With girls, it’s a big fun day. We can fight and then just go shopping.

This season, you took the cast to a tattoo shop and challenged them to get a tattoo of your name. Were you surprised when they did it?

I thought, “Are you fucking crazy?”

Would you ever get someone’s name tattooed on you?

Never. It’s jinxing yourself. You know that 99 percent of the time when people get a tattoo of someone’s name, it doesn’t work out. Then you find a way to cover it up. You can get my name, but I’m not getting yours.

When did you get your first tattoo?

I got the scorpion on my back when I was 15. I was still in Texas. I used a fake ID. I wanted to get this huge naked chick on my back. I didn’t have enough money. I thank God every day that I didn’t have enough money [laughs]. I had $65 that I borrowed from a bunch of friends at school. All I could afford was the scorpion. And it’s the ugly one, too, because it was $65. I just thank God that I didn’t get the naked chick, man.

What was your next tattoo?

There was a long break, and then I came to Los Angeles and I got kanji and nautical stars on my wrists. I’m really into Chinese astrology and I’m a rooster. So the kanji means rooster. The other one means strength. I try to remember that I’m a strong person.

What is the tattoo on the back of your neck?

The back of my next is more kanji. It means “summer love.” At the time, I had a fling and I wasn’t about to get anyone’s name tattooed on me, but I wanted one that meant something. That tattoo was the most that I would do.

What are the tattoos on your upper arms?

I have guns and music notes. The guns represent my tough side, growing up in Texas and living a really rough life. The contrast to that is being in Los Angeles and being more feminine and less aggressive, but always reminding myself where I come from. The other arm has a heart because I wear my heart on my sleeve. But it also says “C’est la Vie,” since that’s life and shit happens. I also have “Only God can judge me” below the summer love tattoo because people always tend to talk shit about me behind my back and say negative things. I don’t care because I’m walking ahead. Only God can judge me, and I’m going down the right path. Anything you want to say behind my back, that’s your problem.

Do you have your next tattoo planned?

I want to get one on the side of my rib cage. It’s going to be an eagle because I am like an eagle. I have an eagle eye and I can rise above it all and soar in the sky. I’m going to get that on the right side of my rib cage.

Who do you go to for your tattoos?

I usually get tattooed by Juan Puente or Colin [LaRoque] at Shamrock Social Club on Sunset. Juan is my buddy.
You have a book coming out later this year. What is it about?

It’s called Hooking Up With Tila Tequila. Fans ask me so many questions every day so I thought I would write down all of the answers in a book and give them a perspective on my life and past experiences.

Do you have a lot of celebrities come up and tell you that they are fans of the show?

I have so many people from all kinds of demographics come up to me and tell me how much they love the show. People and celebrities both. Sarah Jessica Parker’s assistant came up to me at the MTV Movie Awards and told me how much they love my show and they always watch it. Amanda Bynes told me, “I’m such a huge fan!” David Hasselhoff, David Beckham, a lot of people. I’m really surprised.

Is Lindsay Lohan bisexual?

I think everyone already knows, but who gives a shit? Is it really affecting the world right now if she’s bisexual or straight? If she actually does come out and say, “This is my girlfriend,” then what? There will just be more pictures of them making out. Bi, straight, lesbian, what’s the big deal?

Would you date Lindsay?

I wouldn’t mind being friends with her, but dating-wise I think we’re both too high strung. That would cause a lot of problems and we’d probably fight a lot. But maybe we’d have really good make-up sex.

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