A Day in the Life: Body of work is impressive
SPENDING your life sticking tiny needles into someone else's body might be enough to make some people squirm, but Anita Wilson wouldn't have it any other way.
The Lismore tattoo artist is proud of what she does and says it makes up a part of her identity as well as providing her with a crust.
After growing up in a tattooing family, Anita is following in her father's footsteps by tattooing locals at Creative Tattoo Art in South Lismore.
Alongside her dad Peter Davidson - one of Lismore's tattoo pioneers - Anita tattoos clients' skin with anything from flowers to skulls.
She said many clients had been memorable but there was one in particular that stuck with her.
"I can remember this guy came in who was returning to the USA and he wanted to get a back job done but he didn't have much time; about three months," Anita recalled.
"He came in every week, sometimes two or three times a week for three months until his piece was finished and I was tattooing him right up until the night before he left for the USA, so it was pretty rewarding to see it complete."
The job of a tattoo artist is a busy one most times, but summer is one of Creative Tattoo Art's busiest times, with many people wanting art on their skin to commemorate the new year or a holiday period.
In fact, the store was so busy last week there were people lined up around the corner from 9.30am waiting to come into the parlour and make a booking.
"We open at 10am and we don't usually take bookings so it can get really crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way," Anita said.
The softly spoken and brightly tattooed artist has been in the industry for 13 years.
"I did piercing before this and then I learned to tattoo at my uncle's store up in Brisbane before I came back to work with my dad," Anita said.
"It's really nice that it's a family business."
Anita said the best thing about her job was satisfaction when people were happy with what she had produced.
"It's really great to see someone walk out really happy with what I've done, that's what I love about the job."