Inked Girls: Brenda Adiyiah
Myself in a sentence: I'm an extrovert in front of the camera but fairly introverted when in a crowd. I love macabre art, japanese and korean psychological horrors, anime, cosplay, tattoos, make-up, shoes, latex, digital art and debates. The one thing I pride myself on is my versatility and being able to engage in a number of interests. I always do things my own way and put a middle finger up to convention. After all why do what everyone else is doing? I'd rather develop my own style and play on my own attributes then mimic someone else's; that's how I can continue to develop and mix things up. In my own words... Forever Frankenstein-ing!
Hometown: London, UK
The design and themes of my tattoos: All of my tattoos are symbols for different things that are important to me or hold real relevance to me. For example, I have 4 kanji symbols running down my inner right forearm, they translate: Love, Courage, Protection and Honour. All of my tattoos will be in black and greyscale because I love the look of it and want to maintain some kind of consistency although my tattoos will be different from one another.
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it: My favourite tattoo at present has to be my pin-up belly dancer on my right forearm. I absolutely love it! It was designed and tattooed by Josh Hobden @ Sean and Son's Body Art Tattoo Studio, Tunbridge Wells, UK. I knew I wanted this piece to be light and feminine to reflect the movement of the dancer. I always knew I wanted a tattoo relating to dance in some way as I previously came from a dance background. I studied Contemporary and Modern dance from the age of 12 until I was 18. I also engaged in Street and Hip Hop dance outside of school, mainly for fun. Dance played an important part in my adolescence, it gave me a focus that nothing else did at the time. Whether I was happy, sad or angry I could completely emerge myself into the rhythm and performance. I think the only things that held me back at the time was external factors and my lack of confidence in my performance. I know now that my dance background has played a heavy role in modelling particularly when it comes to posing for fine art nudes or dance stills. Though I no longer train, I still have a passion for dance and a deep respect for professional dancers. I am particularly fascinated by Tribal fusion belly dance, hence my belly dancer :)
My next tattoo: My next tattoo will be a black and grey realistic version of my snake Dante; who I miss dearly!