Linda: You know I haven’t done a photo shoot before? 

Me:Yes I know.You have to write something too.

Linda: I’m not writing something. You ask me questions.

Me: Ok Linda…( no point arguing – she wasn’t going to be writing something).

So Linda Titow is a very talented tattoo artist. The photos on this page actually don’t do her work justice.

I call Linda “The witch” when she is tattooing me. It’s really a term of endearment. If I didn’t like her I wouldn’t call her anything.

Alternatively she calls me “The big softy with no pain threshold…” She is pretty blunt like that.She loves me. You can tell….

So this is Linda’s story so far, and my silly questions and comments;

She did want this specifically added before my Q&A;

I feel very lucky to be able to create custom pieces for my clients which is so unique, meaningful and special to each client. It gives me a great insight into their pain, happiness, joy and trauma. The best compliment I am given is when my clients bring their kids to me ( when they are 18+) their belief and trust in me is the greatest reward anyone could wish for. Being able to tattoo and share life experience with my amazing clients is a beautiful gift .

Now my interrogation!

What is your art background?

I went to the Johannesburg Art ballet and Music school in South Africa where I got a scholarship to study further. I then studied textile design in Cape Town.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I have always wanted to be an artist .

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What is your favourite style to tattoo?
I don’t have a favourite style because I see something beautiful in every style.
What current tattooing trend won’t last in your opinion?
Water color tattoos won’t stand the test of time in my opinion, although they look beautiful.
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What do you do when you aren’t tattooing?
Yoga, painting and spending time with my kids.

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If you were an animal what would you be, and you can’t say lion or eagle or fucking dolphin!
Spider so I could make beautiful webs all day. ( Creepy creepy Linda).

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What is your favourite thing about being a tattoo artist?
My favourite thing about being a tattoo artist is my clients, I have the most amazing people come into my life because they have come to me for a tattoo. People I normally would not get to know.
Tattooing has taught me to never judge because once you hear someone’s story you understand.

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What is your least favourite thing about being a tattoo artist?
My least favourite thing about tattooing is doing cover-ups and seeing people having been scared from inexperienced tattooist.

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How did you feel about having the photos taken?

I felt very comfortable.

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What is the weirdest request for a tattoo?
The weirdest tattoo was a a “spank me daddy” tattoo. ( That’s a lie Linda. That’s a reference to one of my tattoos which is NOT a “spank me Daddy tattoo”….Linda is being a bit cheeky).
What’s your thoughts on Miley Cyrus?
As long as Miley Cyrus NEVER comes near my family then she’s ok….

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If I gave you a nerf gun would you shoot your next client who walked through the door regardless of who they are?
No I would never greet a client with a nerf gun, I want my clients to feel relaxed and safe NOT freaked out that they are about to get tattooed by a nutter!!
( There is a footnote to this…. I questioned this answer and her reply via text was “I’d shoot you.” Nice Linda. Nice…)

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Why did you want to do the blog?
I love this photographer’s work that’s why I agreed to do this blog.(Suckup!)
If I held a gun to your head and made you get a tattoo, what would you get?
A back piece in black, fine line design. With lots of detail and very delicate.

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So tattoo artists make loads of money right??
It looks like tattoo artists make loads of money but we don’t. By the time you have paid the shop owners cut, insurance, licensing, medical grade sterile equipment, inks , needles and time doing artwork, then clients who cancel last minute! The money is not great and I really think most of us do it because we truly love it.
Do you fangirl any other tattoo artists?
Emily -Rose is a Melbourne based tattoo artist and I love her work and style.

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Who was your favourite Spice Girl?
Never heard of the spice girls and don’t want too. ( Linda – more lies? really?)
If you released a book of your art, what would you title it?
“Feeding the Soul” that is what I would call my book

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If you and I went on a caravaning trip around New Zealand, like…just the South Island….not both islands….for like 14 days max….what would I learn about you?
Caravaning with me would make you realise I like to laugh a lot and I don’t take life too seriously….. But hate the cold and the wind. As long as there is a good bottle of wine life is just fine.
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You can see more of Linda’s fantastic work on instagram;

@Clinink

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Saturday 4th June 2016 was an incredible day. Rain and wind, and more rain and wind. A tornado and tsunami rolled into one. Problem was I had an outdoor shoot planned with bodybuilder Rachael.

I wanted to shoot something different. No stage, no posing trunks, fake tan….that stuff is done to death, let’s face it.

But…this weather wasn’t looking good…

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She was keen. I couldn’t cancel. We would just have to brave it.

Plus I love it when people just throw caution to the wind and say “Fuck it ! Lets do it.” That’s exactly the people I want to photograph.

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First location was a write off. Not only did Mother Nature have it in for us, but a bus load of school kids also decided this was the ideal day to visit the remote windswept headland of Snapper Point. ( As Rachael mentions in her story.)

We changed location to a much friendlier location away from the wind, rain and school-kids.

This is Rachael’s story;

The body is an amazing thing. After completing in 4 bodybuilding comps this year I decided that I would like to celebrate my success this year in a photo shoot.

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Not knowing what I wanted or what look I wanted to go with as far as photos went. 

Fate stepped in and I  was contacted by Duncan,  and after talking a lot through messages he suggested that maybe something of a natural look…. maybe something I would be interested in (something I thought I would never consider  doing in my life! Totally out of my comfort zone!)

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So after talking it over with my partner, and a lot of soul searching I agreed to do it.

We met Duncan at the Lake Munmorah recreation reserve and made our way to Snapper Point.  

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The weather was a long way from being perfect, blowing gale force winds.

We made our way down the track to the rocks and found an amazing location to start shooting. Not a soul around… it was the perfect spot…. and then about 30 people decided to turn up and walk all around the spot I was just about to get naked in!

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We packed up and went to a small picnic area not far from Snapper Point,  where we found protection from the wind and the rain .

We made our way into a clearing where we set out to find a good look and poses that suited my body.

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The moment had come where I was about to step way outside my comfort zone!

I undressed… with only a towel around me. It was time to go for it and start taking photos.

Nervous as hell, I dropped the towel and proceeded  to pose, while photo after photo was taken.

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After a bit of joking around I started to feel very comfortable and started to relax .

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We cut a palm leaf and took shots with only that covering me up and with the light getting low decided to do one last shoot against a tree with full body shots.

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The time flew by, and Duncan was amazing at making me feel comfortable being naked.  He made  the whole experience a very pleasant and memorable one .

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Love the look of my photos and couldn’t be happier .

Rachael was not told to say those nice things, by the way 🙂