“So, on Sunday I’m getting more tattoos,” says rapper Terry Treasure a few days before putting ink to skin for what should at this point be the millionth time. Her first tattoo was on her eighteen birthday, and she’s been inclined towards getting inked ever since, much to her mother’s chagrin.
Terry Treasure, real name Gugulethu, has an incurable itch for needles and ink. Every so often, the itch rears its head, in need, searching for purpose, seeking a cure.
“I am filling up my left arm, and we’ll probably start with my right as well,” she adds, pointing to both arms – the left, mostly plain with an infinity symbol tattoo that inches towards the palm of her hand, and is about the width of an android phone (them Samsung ones); and the left, plain.
She skirts the inner part of her left arm with her right index finger as if making a mental sketch of her next set of tattoos when speaking about the next set: her mothers’, located slightly above the infinity tattoo, and her grandfather Africa, whose name Terry Treasure says is significant to who she is, to be located on the inner of her upper arm.
She details other plans too, like finishing up the microphone located above her left elbow, and an as-yet-unknown venture which shall find a home on her right arm. There’ll probably be a sunflower at some point, “to show the brightness in my life” she says.
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