Inked Girls: Natassja Knox
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Myself in a sentence: Natassja Knox; I am a tattooist, model, piercer, painter, who started in graphic and fashion design, I am fond of creating art in any, and every, form.
Occupation: Tattoo Artist
Hometown: Calgary, AB, Canada
The design and themes of my tattoos: Usually its some kind of girly twist on horror or dark themes; I like contrast. I have a sleeve of butterflies that I intended to seem cliché at first, but looking closer you can see each set of wings is attached to a skeleton, the skull being another classic and common image. I was inspired how such simple things, when combined, change the deeper meaning so entirely, but the result is neither traditional sense of the original subject matter. This symbolizes the balance of good and evil, light and dark, ying and yang, an ordinary dualism that lives inside everyone. A proper balance is needed to accept oneself for its faults, turn mistakes and hard consequences into bettering life lessons, and move forward without losing hold of the past. I have a strong attraction to magical imagery, it's an everyday reminder to continue drawing on my own inner powers. For some reason everything near my chest ended up being a bloody mess, it's my life energy leaking out..
More specifics about my tattoo: My graveyard half sleeve was my first big tattoo, it represented a place of protection from the world, my happy place. The western style gun in garter on my left thigh, was unconsciously added to with throwbacks from being raised in Alberta. Although not quite a desert littered with buffalo skulls, the cowboy theme is one certainly identified with Calgary, and also one I rejected in my teenage years. Turning an evil spin on it, down route 666, past the cross streets of Bat and Country, I have come to enjoy reflecting on that time with a mixed fondness, similar to me looking at a past misguided childhood self. One of my favorite things about tattoos, and other art or music in general, is it's ability to conjure such a strong emotional link to certain memories of one person, and have little, or none, of the same meaning to anyone else. It's like having someone who can silently talk to you across a packed room. I also have bites from a sexy vampire on my neck, cause I've always wanted to be one, a zombie on one hand, portrait of Lana, and my toes say 'death proof' cause my boss and I thought it would be funny when they stick out from under the sheet at the morgue. My right side is a tribute to one of my favorite directors, Tarantino, along with a growing collection of references to movies by my favorite directors, Guy Ritchie and Rob Zombie films being next on the list. Left side panel is a Chicano pin up girl, done at Lowrider Tattoo in Cali, cause it's just badass. My fingers say 'disaster' cause I cant help being a walking one sometimes, but I love every minute of it.
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it: My favorite tattoo is the bloody heart with broken ribs on my chest, done by Niki Nix back in my hometown, it's the centerpiece for an ongoing meld of neck/shoulder/chest tattoos. Also the adjacent bow and ribbon stitching up my left neck, connecting to the amethyst crystal on my throat, both fading into a galaxy scene. Apart from just plain old liking the gorey theme, to me it symbolizes that we can be misfits, path strayers, and maybe a little broken, but still have the strength to put ourselves back together when we fall, and find beauty in our imperfections, even when the rest of society might deem us otherwise.
My next tattoo: I'm working on filling the rest of my leg next. I already have a gypsy girl, and she needs a zombie hand to hold her crystal ball, but I have to wait till I get back to Calgary to book with my favorite Canadian artist James Tex.