Name: Ami Volkert, Clash Dolly, London
What do you do?
I run a vintage stall called Clash Dolly on Brick Lane Market, I also do freelance styling.
What got you into tattoos and what was your first tattoo?
I looked at heavily tattooed people and really liked what I saw. I always knew I wanted a big tattoo, but just wasn’t sure what I wanted and wasn’t brave enough. So to start with I got some little tattoos, which have now been covered over, thank god. My first big piece was the mermaid on my back.
What inspires you?
Street art and street style, I love clashing different cultures and styles, I think this inspiration comes from growing up in London. I love mixing Indian style clothes and accessories with ’90s street style.
In terms of tattoo inspiration I liked the war-time pictures in my Nan’s house and images of ladies, haha, I like women.
Who would you like to get tattooed by?
Saira Hunjan, I love her Indian style.
Have you got anything else planned?
I think I want a different style from my other tattoos, maybe some henna-style tattoos on my legs and feet. I love clashing different styles in clothing and this carries through to my tattoo style too. I really like dot work, e.g. Xed LeHead.
Do your tattoos have meanings?
They do to me, but it’s hard to explain them in words, I like to keep things to myself. People don’t always get it and it’s nice little feeling for me, I’ll let other people take what they want from them.
Take a look at Ami’s website: www.clashdolly.com
Photos: Olivia Snape