30-year-old Lauren Petrie (also referred to as ‘Treacle Tatts’) is a well-liked YouTuber and social media character who began her YouTube profession in 2014 and has since amassed an 100k following. Her movies virtually utterly revolve round tattoos and he or she often addresses injustice within the tattoo group to boost consciousness and assist educate her viewers. I had an opportunity to talk with Lauren just lately about her YouTube profession, her tattoo assortment and the way she has been dealing with the covid-19 lockdown…
Inform us a bit about why you began your YouTube channel. There’s a couple of explanation why I began my channel! One is I studied media in faculty, and I cherished video modifying and I wished to get again into video modifying once more. I believed making Youtube movies could be a good way to try this however had no thought what sort of movies to make. I undoubtedly don’t have the most effective make-up, gaming or cooking expertise so all of these had been out of the query when it got here to creating content material so I believed I’d make movies on tattoos.
To begin off with it was extra so to see if individuals associated to stuff I had gone by as a tattooed particular person as on the time there was no tattooed individuals in my life. I then thought “hey use your experiences to assist individuals relating to tattoos” as I didn’t begin off getting the most effective tattoos and slowly realized how wonderful and creative tattoos may very well be! I then continued making movies on my experiences and giving recommendation on how you can get good tattoos!
How has YouTube affected your life? It’s given me the liberty to be my very own boss and work after I need and discuss stuff, I’m tremendous keen about! I managed to show my interest into my job and I bought to give up my retail job to do it full time! It’s an absolute pleasure to do and might be eternally grateful that I get to do it!
What do you take pleasure in probably the most about being a YouTuber? Having the ability to join with individuals who have the identical pursuits as me! Speaking to fellow individuals who get tremendous enthusiastic about an upcoming tattoo appointment and the such! Its additionally studying about different individuals’s experiences relating to getting tattooed and who they’re as individuals! I simply discover different tattooed individuals fascinating! I make some movies that contain my subscribers and they’re from all walks of life from attorneys, to grandparents, to cooks, to college students, retail staff I imply the checklist can go on!
I like to share individuals’s backgrounds to show that tattoos aren’t only for celebrities or criminals like some individuals prefer to assume!
What first attracted you to the world of tattoos? I can’t pinpoint a precise second as a result of at the same time as a baby I cherished them! I’d at all times cowl myself in momentary tattoos! I’d be that bizarre child that stared at tattooed individuals in a retailer and never as a result of I believed they had been bizarre however as a result of I believed they had been the good particular person on the planet! None of my household have tattoos so I by no means grew up round them so possibly that peaked my curiosity much more!
Are you able to inform us about your tattoo assortment? Do you have got a favorite tattoo? My tattoo assortment is a large mish mash of types and colors. Some are private or customized drawn and a few are simply flash drawn items from a few of my favorite artists! I like symmetry and organising by color. So my left arm is color conventional after which my proper arm is a black work blast over (nonetheless in progress) then my left leg is black work and my proper leg is color. I simply thought it could be a enjoyable option to model my tattoos.
It’s so laborious to choose a favorite tattoo however in the meanwhile I’d should say it’s my black work peony neck tattoo by Heidi Furey! I spent a few years actually deciding if I wished to be very visibly tattooed and I lastly went for it and it’s the most effective choice I’ve ever made!
We love your outfit posts on Instagram! How would you describe your model? Ow thanks!! My trend is all over to be sincere sooner or later I’ll be sporting loud plaid trousers and the subsequent I’ll be sporting all black and studded stuff however one factor I repeatedly put on I suppose is outsized printed tees! I can’t get sufficient of them! Most of them are tattoo artwork impressed as a result of why cease at getting simply tattoos when you possibly can have the artwork model on a t-shirt!
How have you ever been dealing with the covid-19 lockdown? I’m very a lot an introvert so staying in didn’t actually have an effect on me a lot at first. I did begin to get stressed right here and there as time went on! I actually missed my greatest pal Yasmin and our little restaurant and cinema dates! Earlier than lockdown we might go to the cinema and out to eat at the least as soon as every week!
Do you have got any future tattoo plans now that numerous tattoo outlets have reopened? Sure! I’ve an appointment to do extra work on my black work blast over arm! I additionally wish to lastly get my knees tattooed! I’ve been placing them off for years because the considered getting main bony areas tattooed grosses me out – I hate the sensation!
Do you have got any upcoming initiatives or plans on your channel or new merchandise you want to inform us about? I don’t have something main within the works in the meanwhile I form of simply make content material after I give you the concepts or if one thing main occurs with within the tattoo world just like the current sexual assault allegations I prefer to make content material on that so extra consciousness is made!
In the meanwhile I’m attempting to create extra consciousness for black and POC within the tattoo trade! There’s an absence of illustration so I wish to use my platform to rejoice POC tattoo artists and those who tattoo on darker pores and skin tones! As for merch, I believe I wish to begin getting my creative subscribers concerned and fee some fab artwork from them to make use of on merch!
Phrases: Lucy Edwards, a 20-year-old tattooed college pupil, cat mum and trying-new-things fanatic. You’ll most definitely discover Lucy posting about psychological well being consciousness and self-acceptance on her Instagram.