Fidjit Lavelle: Q&A with the Artist
Fidjit is a 29 year old travelling tattoo artist from Kirkcaldy who is currently based out of Timeless Tattoo in Glasgow. Her work has taken her all over the world.
Her ‘Drowning Girls Club’ series, which symbolises issues such as anxiety depression and PTSD, has to date been inked well over 2,400 times in many variations and has garnered a cult following.
I adore her style, her honesty and how she uses her beautiful work to support and lift others as well as raising awareness for such important causes. I caught up with Fidjit because… one: I’m a right nosy cow and two: I love tattoos and she’s super cool ANNNND three: she’s joining us as a mentor in the upcoming Collective and I’m so delighted to have her.
What drew you to tattooing and how did you get into?
I first developed an interest in tattooing when I was very young because both of my parents are tattooed, they had a lot of tattoo magazines around the house and I had visited tattoo studios with them both. As a teenager it developed more and I knew that I wanted to be heavily tattooed. I was mostly drawn to the “outsider art” aspect of it, at that time tattooing was still a relatively underground thing and that always appealed to me.
Describe your work.
I am an expressionist, I like to use my personal experiences in my work. I enjoy using people as my subject matter, I draw a lot of women faces, scenes of people doing everyday things. A lot of my work is very tongue in cheek.
Favourite tools to use?
I use Bert Thomas machines for everything I do.
The highs and lows of being a tattoo artist?
I absolutely love the freedom of tattooing; being my own boss is essential to me, getting to travel, every day is different.
For me the only low I would say is the the industry can be quite saturated with egos!
Where has your job taken you?
My job has taken me all over the world, got me to a point in my life where I am completely independent, I am lucky enough to get to do my thing and live my life how I want to.
The highlight so far?
The Drowning Girl Club has to be the highlight. It has been the most mad experience to see so many people joining the club, hearing all the reasons why and getting to use the club to highlight causes like the Miss M case and rape crisis. Actually makes me feel like a giant marshmallow and I’m always super grateful to all of my clients.
Any tips for up and coming tattoo artists?
I would suggest getting an apprenticeship, I think it’s great to start from the bottom and earn what you do, it feels really lovely to know that you’ve worked hard for what you have. I think I’d also suggest to get into tattooing for the right reasons, don't get into tattooing because you want Instagram fame or think that tattooists are dripping in Gucci, that stuff is short lived, boring and it’s pretty see through. Do it because you love it and do it with some respect!
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Fidjit is one of our brilliant mentors in this year’s Collective