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These Tattoo Artists Reveal What You Need To Know Before You First Get Inked

Australia is getting inked.

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After successful runs in Miami, LA and New York, Bondi Ink has finally arrived in Australia.

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Bondi Ink

Led by NY Ink's superstar Megan Massacre, the reality TV series follows the lives of tattoo artists at a Sydney beachside parlour. We sat down with some of the artists and asked them what people should expect from your first tattoo session.

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Bondi Ink

Ellie Thompson says:

Ellie's tattoo story:"I grew up in a really small town in the bush without any electricity for a long time. We only had solar panels. So, at night we had to light heaps of candles so that we could see. We'd have baths in buckets of boiled water in front of the fire. It was really cool We didn't have television. We had to do things to entertain ourselves. I think it was an awesome childhood!"
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Ellie's tattoo story:

"I grew up in a really small town in the bush without any electricity for a long time. We only had solar panels. So, at night we had to light heaps of candles so that we could see. We'd have baths in buckets of boiled water in front of the fire. It was really cool We didn't have television. We had to do things to entertain ourselves. I think it was an awesome childhood!"

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Shaun Bones knows you’ll get all:

Shaun's tattoo story:"I have a tattoo on my hand of a tattoo machine. I got it done when I was an apprentice to remind me to not give up on my apprenticeship, to keep going, and to always remember my craft... what it's taught me."
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Shaun's tattoo story:

"I have a tattoo on my hand of a tattoo machine. I got it done when I was an apprentice to remind me to not give up on my apprenticeship, to keep going, and to always remember my craft... what it's taught me."

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Moses Savea wants to warn you of these:

Moses' tattoo story:"I don't have any tattoos on me! Growing up, my mum scared me off, enough to know that I will never ever get one on myself."
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Moses' tattoo story:

"I don't have any tattoos on me! Growing up, my mum scared me off, enough to know that I will never ever get one on myself."

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Giorgia Mae can't stress this enough:

Giorgia's tattoo story:"This one on my palm is my favourite tattoo. I got it because I wanted to know how much pain I could handle."
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Giorgia's tattoo story:

"This one on my palm is my favourite tattoo. I got it because I wanted to know how much pain I could handle."

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And, Bondi Ink shop owner Wendy Tadrosse sums up the tattoo experience with these words:

Wendy's tattoo story:"I've got a lot of tattoos, but my most favourite is this traditional Ta Moko (tattoo) to represent my daughter and our people in New Zealand."
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Wendy's tattoo story:

"I've got a lot of tattoos, but my most favourite is this traditional Ta Moko (tattoo) to represent my daughter and our people in New Zealand."

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Bondi Ink premieres July 28 on Channel 11 in Australia.

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