From the “nomadic” education she received as a young girl to her boundless love for tattoo art and erotic literature, the Sardinian-Irish Suicide Girl laid it all out on the table when answering our questions, proving what an intelligent and sensual person she truly is…

In Tattoo Life’s calendar, we can admire you clasping your hands together in the month of May. Why such a spiritual pose?
Well I was probably calling on every imaginable divinity to be chosen as a cover girl for your magazine! (laughs)

Tattoo model Riae, ph by Christian Saint for Tattoo Life
Tattoo model Riae, ph by Christian Saint for Tattoo Life

Come on…
It’s true. That has been my dream, ever since I started to pose a few years ago. And I have to say that my “prayer” has been answered, right? (smiles)

You are Italian (like your Mum) and you used to live in the north of the country. Where do you stay now?
Absolutely, I am Sardinian-Irish and I lived in the Varese province for almost six years. A few months ago I moved to Switzerland, to be closer to the studio where I work: “One More Tattoo” in Ponte Tresa, near Lugano.

Let’s talk about some of your tattoos: can you tell us why you have Miss Piggy from the Muppets on your right thigh?
Every time someone asks me to explain my tattoos, I’d always like to reveal some deep meanings behind them, but more often than not the ideas for my tattoos are spur of the moment.

Tattoo model Riae, ph by Christian Saint for Tattoo Life
Tattoo model Riae, ph by Christian Saint for Tattoo Life

Describe me this “spur” then…
In the case of Miss Piggy a friend of mine did a photo-montage and put my face in the place of the famous pig, complete with pink hair and piercings.

That’s how I got the idea to ask Skyzzo to tattoo that particular Muppet on me.

Am I wrong, or have you got a soft spot for felines? Black cats, to be precise.
Are you talking about what I’ve got on my right arm? Unfortunately, just like Miss Piggy, the motivation behind those tattoos is not as deep as you’d expect! (sighs)

Tell me all about it.
Do you remember Emily the Strange, a clothing brand that was really popular with the alternative scene at the start of the millennium? Well, the testimonial for that brand was the comics character Emily: a goth girl with crow-black hair, bangs, and four black cats at her side: Miles, Sabbath, Mistery and NeeChee.

But you’ve only got three kitties…
That’s right. The tattooist, who was incredibly superstitious, told me that he would never, ever, tattoo four cats on me! (laughs) So that’s how one of them didn’t make it onto my skin.

Tattoo model Riae, ph by Christian Saint for Tattoo Life
Tattoo model Riae, ph by Christian Saint for Tattoo Life

Last question: I know you love to do erotic, nude photo shoots. Can you tell me about a book that excites your mind?
Yeah, doing those kinds of photos is what I prefer more than anything else, when posing in front of the lens. As for books, I’d say that “Histoire d’O” by Dominique Aury continues to be one of the cornerstones of international erotic literature, even though – when I find time to read – I always opt for books that are a bit more ironic, like those by David Sedaris.

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