Thursday, 16 June 2011

Olivia Kim, VP of Creative, Opening Ceremony

“I love tattoos—I love the idea that it’s permanent, and I love the idea that it really marks where you are in your life at that time. I think people are scared of that permanence but I feel like, it’s ok, you can always move on, you can cover it, you can take it off if you don’t like it. I remember everything about each one. I got the first one when I was 14. My mom went out to dinner and my sister and I had a party, and as soon as all the people came, I left with a friend who was older and had a car—he was a senior and I was a freshman—and we went to a tattoo parlor in middle-of-nowhere New Jersey and I got a butterfly on my stomach. So then after that, I got a Jenny Holzer phrase along the bottom of my stomach, and then I just started going from there. I have, like, the gross tramp stamp…and then I started getting into this idea that I wanted things that were really pretty—I didn’t care if they matched or not, and I met Scott Campbell who’s one of my really good friends. We would just hang out and play. Another friend of mine, C-Jay, focuses on miniature tattoos—he puts on these gemologist goggles and looks up and his eyes are HUGE, and he uses really tiny needles. I have so many tattoos. They’re everywhere but my legs—my best friend Carol won’t let me do my legs. I also want some on my feet but I’m not allowed…so I think I’m going to sneak them. I always wear socks, even in the summertime. But I love pedicures—I go all the time with Jen [Brill]; we go once a week together at Spazio. My hands are really chipped right now—but it’s all OPI, and she just laid it on really thick.

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