Embellishing an array of idiosyncratic designs, Alien Girl describes her work as ‘an ignorant style with finesse’. She recalls first exploring stick and poke in September 2017, and her first-ever tattoo being a miniature sized rose above her knee.
“I really wanted a tattoo for my birthday but I was too broke to afford it the time, which initially sparked my interest in hand-poked tattoos. I also had a friend who I grew up around who was doing stick and poke in the ghetto (Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain). I thought if he could do it with the limited resources he had, why couldn’t I?”
When browsing through her Instagram page you’ll find luminous designs – many that magnify and celebrate the female form. “I’m drawn to pro vagina art and that’s what I always end up sharing on my page. If my art helps women feel liberated I feel like I’m contributing positively.”
Tattooing from her home-based space, Alien girl says the right environment steers the tattoo process. She sets a tranquil mood from the get-go enhancing a client’s tattoo experience.
“Being honest about the pain, placement, how long it takes has made people way more comfortable, I don’t sugarcoat anything and I guess people find comfort in my honesty. Over time, I’ve noticed the right music is very important. I’ve become good at reading people who want to have a conversation and those who just want the tattoo done in silence. Overall, open communication is the wave.
The Cape Town-based artist employs body modification as a way to adhere to her eccentric identity. Each of her own tattoos represents a miscellany of the bits and pieces she resembles.
“Whenever I get a new tattoo, it feels like I’m getting closer to the true version of myself, so every time I get a tattoo I become more comfortable in my skin.”
“I would love to quit my regular job and tattoo full – time, I am working towards getting a private studio and also being able to travel for my tattoos – guesting at different shops would be bomb.”
Written by Michè Edwards.