Skin Stories: Tiffany Scandal



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I can’t remember when I met/started reading Tiffany Scandal, but she immediately became part of the short list of people I like because you can talk to them about anything from books and cats to politics and tattoos. Scandal is the author of There’s No Happy Ending, Jigsaw Youth, and Shit Luck, her latest offering. All are worth checking out, but Shit Luck is the one everyone’s talking about, so get on that. In any case, Scandal is also a fellow photographer who has spent time on both sides of the lens, and one look at the art on her skin makes it easy to see why. Here’s what she had to say about her tattoos:



I have a lot of tattoos. If you ask me how many, I would not be able to answer right away because I stopped thinking about them as individual pieces a long time ago. But for those who are curious about that sort of thing, I have just under 200 hours worth of work on my body.
Ryan Mason from Scapegoat Tattoo has done the majority of my work. He has a keen eye for attention, is mindful about the pain I’m experiencing, works fast, and does solid work that ages incredibly well. Because I’ve been going to him for so long, I can pitch my tattoo idea at him and he’ll come up with a drawing that is so much better than what I had envisioned.
Photo by Dom Pichard for RISE Tattoo Magazine.
Some favorites:
(back piece) Bearded Virgin Mary holding a reptile baby Jesus. Ryan drafted this to look like a vintage Circus poster with skeleton ringmaster cameos on the top. There are a lot of small details in this piece. Such as the circus tent, ferris wheel, the stars in the night sky, etc.
¬†(back of thigh pieces) The Dueling Gentleman. Dapper fellas with their pistols. Portraits complete with smoke and bullet holes in their hats because they’re lousy shots. Cool note: I also have a portrait of David Lynch on one of my thighs, and Ryan found a way to create a seamless transition between the gun smoke and Lynch’s cigarette smoke.
 There are also realistic portraits of my cats, a sheep in wolves clothing, and ton of book references.

Tiffany Scandal is the author of three books. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in Huck Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Living Dead Magazine, The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, and a handful of anthologies. She is also a part-time model and photographer and the products of both endeavors can be found online and in print – most noteably:, Auxiliary Magazine, Rise Tattoo Magazine, and a few artbooks that are great for coffee tables. Her second book, Jigsaw Youth, is now an audiobook, which she narrated herself, and is available now wherever audiobooks are sold.

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