I’m A Mom With Tattoos – Emy Clarke (From Like Mother, Like Daughter)


Welcome back to another installment in our new series – I’m A Mom With Tattoos.  In case you have missed the last couple, don’t forget to check them out here.

What a week.  I’m not lying when I say that I am beyond happy that it’s over. Gotta love the weekend!

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Anyway, you know when you meet someone and just know that you’ll really get on if you had the chance to see them more often?  That’s how I felt when I met Emy at the #CTMeetUp.  What a lovely woman she is and I am stoked to feature her here.  So without further fuss, please meet Emy…

Your name and blog deets: My name is Emy Clarke and my blog is www.likemotherlikedaughter.co.za, but you can also find me on Twitter and Instagram.

Your age: I am 30 years old. (Almost 31 eek!)

Your Occupation: I manage a Guest House and Self Catering accommodation in Paternoster.

Tell us a bit more about yourself, what do you enjoy doing?   First and foremost I am a mother and a wife. These are my favourite roles and I will always choose my home and family over a night out. I enjoy being in the kitchen, crafting with my daughter, watching movies and just being around my loved ones.

A Mom’s favourite thing to do is talk about their children – tell us about your family:  I have a daughter, her name is Jae-Lyn, and she is 5. She is by far the most amazing little girl. She is the perfect mix of tomboy and princess. I see a lot of myself in her.

 

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If you work, tell us a bit more about your working environment – are you regularly in contact with new “clients/public”.   My working environment is amazing. I get along really well with all my colleagues and my boss. I always joke that I am the only person ever to miss her boss when she goes away. Working in Holiday Accommodation I meet new people constantly. Most of them are amazing, but some not so much.

Tell us a bit about your tattoos, what they are, why you have them, where they are located:  I have 3 tattoos.

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The first I got when I was about 17, it is a tribal at the bottom of my back. I’ve always thought of this tattoo in remembrance of my Stepfather, who was killed in a hi-jacking in 1999.

A few years later I got a butterfly on my stomach. My best friend also has a butterfly on her stomach, so this was sort of a bestie tattoo. My poor butterfly took one hell of a beating when I was pregnant with Jae. One wing grew to an enormous size and it has a few stretchmarks. Funnily enough this has made me love it even more. Obviously, it is very faded now, carrying a 4,5kg baby who was 2 weeks overdue was clearly more than she could handle, but I do have plans to have her redone and maybe added onto.

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Lastly I have my daughters name on my left arm. I have always wanted to have her name tattooed on me. Finally got it done and I absolutely love it.

Do you plan on getting more? I would love to get many many more tattoos.

 

How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)? I haven’t had any negative feedback with regards to my tattoos. My mom has tattoos, so I don’t think its very shocking to anyone that I would also get some.

What is the general reaction that “the Public” have towards your tattoos?  Have you run into any negativity or adversity because of them? I have never even thought about the public being negative towards my tattoos, I honestly would not let that bother me as it is my body, not theirs. I have been told that I am going to regret them when I’m old. I’m pretty sure I will be more worried about my health and just enjoying life than my tattoos.

Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed? Find a good tattoo artist. My first 2 tattoos need to be retouched because I let a friend who was learning tattoo me. I don’t regret them at all, but they do need to be recolored and reworked.

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Also, if you are a Mom with tattoos and would like to get in on the action here and share your story, mail/tweet (cindyalfino@gmail.com or @cindyalfino) me and I’ll send you everything you have to know.

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