Interview with Dominique
I thought an interview with Dominique would be interesting. A lot of people will probably relate to her, she’s smart, she’s fun and she’s no nonsense. But that’s to be expected from a police officer, right? She’s a dedicated wife and mother. Family is important to her and when she talks about her job, you know that she wanted to be a cop for the right reasons. She cares a lot. She’s passionate about making the world a better place for her kids, who are the cutest little monsters, and she’s not afraid to voice her opinions. When I asked her if she wanted to do this interview, she was happy to. She loves to help people.
Keep an eye out, when we finish her husband, Mike’s, sleeve we’ll be putting an interview up with him too!
How old were you when you got your first tattoo? What was it, and why did you decide to get it?
Dominique: I was 19, and my best friend from high school came to visit after moving to Florida. She drew a design of shooting stars which we both got, hers on her forearm, and mine was on my hip. It was something to commemorate our friendship.
Can you give us a rundown of your tattoo collection? What do you have and who did it?
Dominique: I have the stars on my hip which was done in Chichester. I also have Artemis on my right shoulder/arm which Stina did for me. She is the protector of women and children and a very strong woman, which I aim to be. I also have a heart shaped rock on the underside of my right arm for my mother-in-law who died suddenly in a car accident, which was also done by Stina. My latest piece is for my sons, which is their birth flowers (lily and dahlia) with their names on my left side. And of course, the only person I will let tattoo me, Stina, did this as well 🙂
Do you ever encounter criticism because of your tattoos? If so, how do you react?
Dominique: I get a mix of shock and awe and sometimes pure disgust. It all depends on the person. Most people comment on how beautiful the colors and artwork are and ask where it was done and why. Those people I explain things very politely to. Then there are the people that just stare and don’t say anything. They get the “death stare” and a, “Can I help you with something?”
What sort of jobs have you had and how have your co-workers felt about your tattoos?
Dominique: The only job I’ve had since getting tattooed, has been my current employment of being a police officer. I got my first visible tattoo when I was still on patrol and in a uniform every day. That being said, my uniform covered it so that it would only be seen if I moved a certain way. Now being a detective, I wear “regular” clothes and they are seen a lot more frequently. I haven’t gotten an adverse reaction to them by the public or my co-workers. Many of them are also tattooed and find the work amazing. The public is more in shock that I have a tattoo in general and are too scared to ask about it.
What has being a tattooed woman taught you about self perception and society’s views on beauty?
Dominique: When I am out with my children and my tattoos are visible, I am looked at much differently then when they are covered. I have mostly pleasant reactions and compliments on how beautiful they are and the appreciation for the work and meaning behind them is overwhelming. I had an older man tell me that he had never seen such a colorful and beautiful tattoo on a woman before, that was slightly strange lol.
I think the views are changing for the better, but they are still far from being completely accepted.
Why did you decide to get this tattoo, can you explain your thoughts on it?
Dominique: My latest piece for my children was an easy choice. I wanted something for them that was not just their names and that it was something that my husband and I could get together. The flowers were perfect because of the incorporation my husband did with his existing piece. I also wanted to put it where it would be visible to me and remind me of my boys always.
How long did it take and how painful was it compared to other tattoos?
Dominique: It was a total of about 7 hours in two sessions and it was extremely painful. My tolerance ends around the 3-3 1/2 hour mark, so after that is was blinding. Before was hard, but bearable.
What are some of your other loves and hobbies?
Dominique: I love to read. I wish I could do more of it but being a working mother of two and wife, I don’t have too much time to myself. I love to spend time outside with my family and enjoy a good meal and conversation over just about everything.
What one word best describes your tattoo style?
Dominique: Meaningful. It may not look like it to others when they see the pieces, but every one has a special meaning to me and that’s all that matters.
What are some tattoo projects that you have planned for the future?
Dominique: My next piece I’d like to extend from my shoulder and have a tribute to my career. Being a police officer is hard not only on me but on my family as well and I’d like to honor their sacrifice as well as my own.
How do you go about choosing your pieces and designs?
Dominique: I take the idea that I have and explain it as best as I can to Stina. She is the most creative person I’ve ever met and makes the most elaborate and wonderful designs from smallest sparks of an idea. I look at tattoos like I do my hair, when I go to a “specialist” ie, hair stylist, tattoo artist, they are experts and professionals. This is what they do for a living and know a hell of a lot more about these things then I do. If they think something is a bad idea, then it’s a bad idea. Equally, if they say something different will look better, ie a bigger piece or a different shade, then go with it. They are the experts.
What piercings do you have?
Dominique: I used to have my nose, belly button, and several in both my ears. Since becoming a police officer, I have removed all but two in each ear.
What’s your favorite piercing?
Dominique: I loved having my nose pierced, but the job doesn’t exactly allow for that.
Name some music that is in your playlist right now?
Dominique: Black Keys, New Ceremony, Ben Howard, Florence + the Machine
Any other shout outs?
Dominique: I can’t explain just how awesome everyone at Grim North is. The experience, the atmosphere, and just the all out attention to every detail of the process is impeccable. I tell anyone who is even considering any kind of tattoo or piercing to come here because they will have the best experience and will not be disappointed.