We’ve always taken a liking to girls with tattoos and today we get to celebrate this unprecedented beauty with our LW Babe of the Week, Nicola Chemaly. Get to know her here.
Full name: Nicola Chemaly
Day job: Student
Likes: Good coffee, painting, genuine people and stand up comedy
Dislikes: Slow walkers
Special talents: Art
How would you best sum up your shoot with us for this feature?
The shoot was really fun, the location was absolutely stunning, apart from the rain everything went quite smoothly.
Which scene is your favorite?
The scenes shot outside by the pool in the rain were my favorite. The area at The Fat Mermaid is beautifully decorated and the rain presented us with interesting challenges which I feel enhanced the photos.
Tell us a bit about the personality of Nicola Chemaly?
I am a very creative person, I like a lot of alone time but I can be a social butterfly on the odd occasion. I am very proactive, a potential future workaholic. I love exercise and being healthy, I spend a lot of time trying to find new interesting places to go to and majority of my time drawing and cooking.
If you had to compare yourself to any movie star/ character, who would it be and why?
I would compare my self to Wonder Women, I always get told I look just like her. Or Kat Von D, I get that one a lot as well…my guess is that it’s because of the tattoos [laughs].
What are you looking forward to most this festive season?
I am looking forward to having a lot of time to implement all my ideas and do all the things I don’t ever really have time for. I love spending tons of time with loved ones so I’m also really excited about that, and going to the beach of course!
What do you like to do for fun?
I am a very arty person. I love working with all kinds of mediums and just creating anything that comes to mind whether it is writing, painting or digitally designing, art is something I am very passionate about. I am also quite active, I spend a lot of my week in the gym.
You are obviously a tattoo collector. Which was your first and what drove you to start collecting?
My first tattoo was a royal mistake (I think most people’s are), I got it when I was 17 and I just wanted to feel what it felt like and be able to say I have one. It’s truly awful, it’s literally a little squiggle [laughs].
When I was still in primary school I got my hands on a Good Charlotte CD. The cover had this picture with all the band members and they were quiet heavily tattooed and I thought it was really awesome. I wanted to look like them! As tattoos became more and more accepted into society people like Hannah Snowdon or Grace Neutral played a big role in my ideas of getting them. After school I started a tattoo apprenticeship and worked with some lovely artists and people and I just carried on from there.
How would you best explain the pain of getting tattooed?
The pain of a tattoo is always sore. Most people get one tattoo and will say “it didn’t hurt I even fell asleep!”, truthfully it’s really sore, but I always tell myself that the time flies so fast it will be done before I know it and I will have new beautiful addition to my collection. It just feels like someone it continuously dragging a sharp object over your skin not hard enough to penetrate it but enough to hurt you and irritate the skin.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to start collection tattoos?
I have tons on this question, but to sum it up my advice to you would be that you shouldn’t try get ink done for super cheap prices. When it comes to tattoos you get what you pay for. If you’re gonna try exploit creatives by paying cheap prices for good work you are more than likely gonna have an ugly tattoo by a person who doesn’t have much talent or experience. I am a die hard fan for the guys at Humdinger Tattoo Emporium, they have never disappointed me with the quality of their work. Also I always recommend going through the portfolios and social media pages of the artist to find out more about their work and preferred style. It’s always good to have someone who loves the style you are going for.
If you could have chosen to grow up in any era, which would?
I’d chose the 80’s, purely for it’s legends.
What are the top 5 things on your bucket list?
I want to climb mount Kilimanjaro, I want to visit the Easter Islands where the giant statues were found, I’d like to partake in the ironman (eventually), I’d love to eventually volunteer for the WWF doing something for endangered species and visit Machu Picchuc in Peru.
What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
I don’t really put myself in scary situations, I am definitely not a dare devil and I am scared of heights [laughs].
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we mention:
Tattoos? All the weird questions I get asked about them.
Sexy? Jessica Rabbit.
Alluring? Pizza and wine.
Can’t leave home without? I don’t really leave home without a bottle of peanut butter and some rice cakes in my bag [laughs].
Summer? All the horrible “dad bod’s” we will all have to see in December [laughs].