Inked Girls: Cristina Cidade
Myself in a sentence: I would describe myself as a strong, independent and free spirited woman.
I strive to do the things that make me happy and that fulfill me as a person, rather than trying to fit into society's ideals of what and who I should be.
I love nature and have an affinity with open spaces, plants, animals and especially the ocean.
My energy is plentiful and you can usually find me getting my kicks from exercise.
I love the gym, running outdoors and most activities but my heart lies in Muay Thai kickboxing, which I have been doing for the last nine years.
Body art is a way for me to express myself, through feelings, experiences, beliefs. Some of my tattoos might have very complex meanings while others might simply be something I find beautiful. I also like to decorate my body with a tattoo whenever I travel to a new country or special place.
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
The design and themes of my tattoos: lettering,mythical,hearts,religious,nautical,animals
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it: I am not sure how anyone answers this question! It is so difficult to choose as I love them all equally and for different reasons.
I will pick one tattoo to talk about, but I won't name it necessarily as a favourite!
I recently had the goddess Iemanja tattooed on my right lower leg.
I come from a Brazilian background and all Brazilians know that Iemanja is the goddess of the sea in the Candomble religion.
Many years ago when Portugal colonized Brazil, they brought over slaves from Africa. As a result of the slavery, Brazilian culture has a rich influence from Africa to this day.
iemanja is a goddess that forms part of the Orixas, several gods and goddesses that symbolise places or elements of nature. Every new year in Rio de Janeiro, people dress in white garments and throw roses in the sea as offerings to Iemanja. Many foreigners do not know this when they celebrate new year in Copacabana beach!
I recently spent 6 months living in Brazil and re-connecting with my background after spending most of my life living in Australia. I wanted to get a tattoo that was typically Brazilian but that I could identify with at the same time.
I have such an endless love for the beach and the ocean and a lot of my tattoos have natural or mythical themes, so Iemanja was the perfect addition as a beautiful and feminine deity.
My next tattoo: Watch this space! So many ideas, not enough skin!