Her real name is Stephany, but if you look for her on Instagram you’ll find her under the bizarre name of Tallplants. And so we asked her why, along with other questions about her interests and her gorgeous collection of tattoos which all began with a short phrase: “There’s a joy…”. So let’s hear what Stephy has to say in the Have a Nice Weekend feature which brings this month of May to a close.
Hello Stephy, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers? Where are you from, how old are you?
Hi everyone, my name is Stephanie and I live in a county called Essex from England. I am 27 years old.
Why the nickname Tallplants?
I chose @tallplants_ for my Instagram name to distance my personal information as much as possible, it used to be my full name. However as my following grew, I didn’t want my full name and information simply put out there as I did have a few unfortunate experiences around this time. I love indoor plants and gardening so when I was trying to come up with a new name to go under this is the first thing that came to mind! It has no real meaning behind it.
Would you like to explain to our readers the quote: You put salt in the wound and a kiss on my cheek? Why did you choose it for IG?
“You put salt in the wound, and a kiss on my cheek” is a quote from an amazing band “boyGenius” composed of three solo female artists that came together to create an amazing album. It also feels very fitting for social media and life in general: backhanded compliments is something myself and I’m sure lots more of us tattooed people deal with.
Luckily I always have a lot more kisses on my cheek then I do salt in my wounds from my followers and for that I am always grateful!
What do you do for a living?
My full time job – I am a team leader in a factory and have been in this role for 3 years. However this is not a job I am passionate about, so I am looking to change my career path completely soon!
And what are your main interests?
My number one interest is to always travel. I love to explore new places and I have made some incredible friends along the way. I feel very lucky for the countries I have travelled to in my 27 years. I love true crime documentaries, podcasts, books. This is something my mum used to always have on in the background when I was growing up and we most definitely shared that as an interest! Something new I have been learning to try and stay creative in lockdown is learning to play guitar!
Let’s talk about your tattoos. Who has tattooed you and why your choice of tattoos?
I have mainly been tattooed by the amazing people in @dukestreettattoo which has included @nickylatt @shenschubert @oliver_bach_ @danmorenotattoos @gemmataylortattoo. My style has always been Traditional. I love the boldness and culture behind this style. I have always absolutely loved the Japanese style too!
When did you start to be interested in tattoos and why?
I started to become interested in tattoos when I was 17. I convinced my mum I just wanted something small, lyrics on my ribs, for my 18th birthday. And that’s what I got: it says “there’s a joy” and it’s also lyrics from a band called “Against me!”. I loved it so much after a while I wanted another one and this is where I found what style I really liked and overtime decided to dedicate my skin to that one style.
What is your favourite style and which is your favourite one?
My favourite tattoo I have would be my back piece by @oliver_bach_. We did it in three sittings and it was the most painful tattoo I have sat through. I also have a flaming skull on the top of my arm by @kalotattoos which is one of my favourites and was done in Berlin in 2016.
How do you want to sign off with our readers? Do you have any special motto?
I hope everyone is keeping very safe in these hard times we are all facing. My motto is be kind to others but also yourself. Don’t let negative people or comments affect your wellbeing. Always spread love where you can.