WRITER Karen Civil
PHOTOGRAPHER Odessy Barbu
Remember the days when tattoos were taboo in the workplace? If a person was covered in body art, the only assumption was that he/she was bad business. Well, times have changed as well as viewpoints and regardless of ink, business is business. Just ask Pam Tonazzi. Catching up with Pam in Los Angeles, we spoke about the tattoo culture and how her background was strictly against the topic of body art. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native first began getting tattoos at 17 through an interesting, but very common scheme. From there, like so many, she became more involved in that scene and went from there. While she has yet to get tattooed in the City of Angels just yet, the Beats By Dre employee does have some ideas up her sleeve (literally). Check out our chat below as she sheds light on the meaning of her tattoos the perception of her body art in the business world and more.
Karen Civil: Pam, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Pamella Tonazzi: Ok, I was born in Florida and I was the only child for eight years then my lovely sister came along which was such an amazing day in my life. I am 26 and was raised in Fort Lauderdale but loved to spend most of my time in Miami.
KC: So how was it growing up in Fort Lauderdale?
Pam: It was a lot of fun. I grew up in a Hispanic family from Venezuela. My dad's Italian, so it was a pretty strict household. Then when I started getting tattooed, it was sort of like a rebellious act for them, but in my eyes it was a form of expression. And it's something that I really liked as well...
KC: So let's talk about this rebellion act? When did that start and what age did you decide you wanted to do the tattoo/rocker/grunge thing?
Pam: I started getting tattooed when I was 17. I had a fake ID and went into a tattoo shop and got my first tattoos, which were two little stars behind my neck. That way, my parents couldn't see it. Then somehow a couple of months later they found out and I was grounded. Then I got my other tattoo (laughs).
KC: What was the meaning behind the two stars?
Pam: Nothing, it was just like your first tattoo. It was small and it was safe. It wasn't like a Chinese symbol that you don't really know what it means, it was just cute and simple . Also going to a Catholic school it was a big no no to have a tattoo.
KC: So wait, you were still in high school? Did your friends have tattoos or were you the first one?
Pam: I was one of the first ones to get a tattoo. Then I started stretching my ears.