Skin Art|Issue 174

Renaissance Tattoo • Englewood, NJ
Dan Lorenzo

Dan Lorenzo: Tell me the story about your first tattoo.

Nikki Malfitano: Oh boy. My first tattoo was when I was at the old and wise age of 16, when I was definitely not allowed to get one... naturally, that just made me pick a place my parents would never see, which narrowed down to the inside of my mouth. So I set sail for this sketchy shop in NYC, and somehow my fake ID passed, or the person just didn't look at it, but I was on my way to getting 'Bite Me' inside my lip. Looking in the mirror afterwards, it was completely crooked and shaky, but I didn't know the difference, so I was super pumped about this awful tattoo. From that point on I fell IN LOVE with the feeling and whole experience. Oh and my parents still found out about it, so as you can imagine, that didn't go over so great...


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Issue 174