A mum who makes a living as a tattoo model has opened up about the one piece of ink that she says made people look at her differently.
Kyla is a tattoo model and influencer, who works for the popular Inked magazine, with over 118,000 followers on TikTok.
The mum has her body and face covered in colourful ink that stretches from her toes to her forehead.
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Speaking on Inked’s YouTube channel, Kyla shared her story, describing the surprise journey that had propelled her to fame for her tattoos.
“I got my first face tattoo in 2017,” she revealed. “The next one I got was ‘ruthless’ up here [motioning to her eyebrow], that was the one that changed everything.
“People were starting to definitely look at me like trash. To me, I was like, ‘no I’m ruthless, okay? Can you read.
“That one was what made people start looking at me like a bad***, like, ‘okay she’s tougher than I thought she was, she’s not just this girly whatever…”
During the interview, Kyla also took the opportunity to open up about how she had become inspired to cover herself in artwork, despite her strict Mormon upbringing.
“What made me so fascinated about it was my friend Danielle, my best friend, she had snuck around a little bit and got tattoos here and there," she added.
“The tattoos were mind boggling to me, I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that this girl got a tattoo and her parents didn’t see it. So that is what triggered me to get a f***ing tattoo.”
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Two days after her 18th birthday, Kyla had a tiny star tattooed onto her foot, and she remembered that it hadn’t been long until her body became littered with ink, only taking a short pause to have her son.
This had increased, she explained, when she started working for Inked magazine, and artists began offering her tattoos for free so that she could showcase their work.
“It pressured me into getting tattoos that I didn’t need to get,” she said. “It’s not that I didn’t want the tattoos, but now I’m 29 years old and I have no f***ing room.”
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