Case study #2: Linzi

Who are you and what do you do?

My name’s Linzi and I'm the shop manager for Rude Studios on Vicar Lane in Leeds.

How many tattoos and piercings do you have?

To date I have 10 piercings and I think around 50 tattoos and still plenty of space to cover with more. 

You’re shop manager at the Vicar Lane Studio - what’s an average day like at Rude? 

My average day at Rude Studios makes me happy. It’s fresh, busy, lively, funny, true and respectful. It can be hard work but I love it. We have an array of folk from all walks of life who come to visit us. Young to old, small to tall and every nationality, all full of ideas.

It feels as though more and more people are getting tattoos or piercings these days, do you think it’s becoming more mainstream and accepted in society? What are your thoughts on that?

Tattoos and piercings are becoming increasingly socially acceptable yes, but there are still many of the older generations and some young that have a very traditional view of tattoos and piercings. As they say, "first impressions count" but that shouldn't be made on the tattoos and piercings people wear, it should be made on the person themselves. 

What would your advice be to someone who’s thinking about getting a tattoo, but struggling to decide on a design?

My advice would be to take your time, do your research and look at different design ideas, make a little scrapbook if you want. Look around for an artist that you feel comfortable with and have a consultation with them to achieve your perfect outcome. Your tastes will change over time, so start small and think about where you want it to be on your body, it’s permanent so you need to be sure. And make sure you’ve eaten something before you get it done.

Let’s get deep, if you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

Hmmm if I could change one thing in the world what would it be? I wouldn't change the world, it's the people that need to change.

We know you’re probably biased, but in your opinion, what’s the best thing about Rude Studios?

There isn't just one good thing about working at Rude Studios, there’s loads lol. We have a fantastic team of staff, 3 awesome studios, but most of all we get to be ourselves and be passionate about it. Were professional, knowledgeable, honest and friendly people with great customer service... so be proud, be rude, be YOU .