Untold #1

Inked

In the first episode of Untold I’m having a relaxed conversation with Yannick about his (love for) tattoos. We talk about his most valuable tattoo and he also shares a few interesting background stories of his tattoos.

Can you tell us a bit about who you are?

I’m Yannick (26) and I live in Arnhem (NL). I work as a project/social media manager. I have a thing for sports, fashion, travel and tattoos. About 40 pairs of sneakers are lined up in my bedroom.

Over the years I have collected various artworks from around the world. Instead of hanging them in my house, I had them inked on my body.

Getting hooked in tattoos

When I was 4 years old, me and my parents went on holiday to Fuertaventura (Canary Islands). There were a lot of people from England all covered up with tattoos. I was amazed by how cool it looked.

But I had no idea what it meant to have a tattoo. My mother would buy markers so I could draw my own ‘tattoos’ on my body. But obviously when I would get out of the pool, everything would be erased by the water.

At one point I thought: I just have to experience it. Feel it. And just see how it turns out.

The first tattoo

I was 19 when I got my first tattoo. On November 8th. I can still recall that date because on the 5th I went to a tattoo event. I spoke to a guy there and he told me he had a spot open on the 8th, which was quite special because I was planning on getting the number 8 in Roman numerals.

My first tattoo was one that I thought long and hard about. I had the idea like a year prior, and I had it as a wallpaper on my phone for a very long time.

What's your most valuable tattoo?

The tattoo that has the most value for me are the numbers on my wrist: 1928. It’s also one of the first tattoos that was quite low on my body, one people would always see.

1928 is the birth year of my grandma. She passed away on the 10th of November, two years ago. She meant everything to me. I actually have a few more tattoos that represent her, but this is the most important one.

I got the tattoo on Monday, just one day before my grandma’s funeral.

Having a tattoo is definite. Do you have any regrets?

I definitely don’t regret any tattoos. Tattoos are kind of like life experiences and they are all intertwined. It all adds up and it’s who I am.

It’s not regret, but I am kind of disappointed that I don’t see all my tattoos that often. Like on the back of my arm there’s this tattoo of an elephant, which is so dope! One of the most amazing tattoos that I have, but I just don’t see it that much.

So, when is the next time you’re getting inked?

I have so many designs in my head. That’s also something that makes it hard, because you have the feeling it’s never finished. I have three tattoos on my leg, and that feels like it’s just not finished yet. Maybe I want to get a sleeve on my leg too, up to my knee. Every day I see and think about tattoos. To be conscious about it helps me to visualize the ideas in my head.

The tattoos are a part of me, but they don't say anything about who I am from the inside.

Thanks for sharing your story Yannick!

I also want to hear your story. What makes you the person that you are? What are your dreams, hopes en beliefs? Feel free to share your story and get in touch!