Hannah Pixie Snowdon describes herself as a professional tattoo artist and serial doodler. She’s based out of Sheffield, UK, created Black Stabbath designs and is engaged to musician, Oliver Sykes. Sounds like a rock star existence eh? Well…she should be the ambassador for the rock star lifestyle. She’s gorgeous, talented and covered in ink. The Cult Collective contacted Ms Snowdon and asked her a few questions about her work and what makes her tick. By the way, if you haven’t ever heard of The Cult Collective…it’s a website for those with wanderlust and it’s so visually pleasing you’ll get lost for hours clicking away.
CULT: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Hannah: I was always very academic-focused in school, so I think everyone – my parents and myself included – assumed I would go into something pretty different haha! I toyed with the idea of being a clinical psychologist for a while; People fascinate me and my parents are both in the medical field, but my passion has always been doodling in one form or another.
CULT: What inspires you to create, be it drawing or tattooing?
Hannah: Sometimes days go by where I remain uninspired, then all of a sudden I’ll have a billion ideas at once. I’ve learned it’s best to jot them down right away and come back to them later, to see whether I’m still into it. I find traditional art from around the world the most interesting, particularly stuff with an asian influence. I’ve also learned to surround myself with people and things that continuously inspire me and make me happy. Traveling is a massive influence on my work as well. I feel grateful that I’ve managed to see so many places already, and I plan on doing a lot more of that! My mum was amazing when I was little and took me all over the place. I bloody love her.
CULT: When do you feel like you established your current artistic style?
Hannah: I’m not actually 100% sure! I feel like in the last year though I’ve really come into my own. I was always quite unsure of myself and I think my work reflected that. I’ve still got a long way to go and I’d like to think I will continually grow and improve and evolve in myself and my work – but I certainly have a lot more confidence in myself now. The less I seem to question things, the more they seem to work! the places I’ve traveled in the last year reflects a lot of my work too – Vietnam was particularly beautiful and inspiring.
CULT: You present such a positive attitude and strong moral compass. How do you maintain that perspective, and avoid negativity and the pressures of conformity?
Hannah: Thank you! Its so nice to hear that. It’s funny really because there was so much negativity in my life up until about a year ago. Everyone always assumed I had everything so under control but the truth is I was so deeply unhappy in myself, which reflected in everything I did. There was a lot going on under the surface. I really had to start over. A lot of my friends couldn’t understand and I drifted away from so many people and situations I couldn’t have previously imagined living without. Ultimately though I really had to be selfish and stop putting other peoples feelings before my own. The internet is also so bad in so many ways – I try very hard to maintain a positive balance with it. It can be – and is – so useful for my work but I have such a love/hate relationship with it! I owe pretty much all my exposure to it, yet I see people interact with each other and they can be so fickle and largely false. It definitely changes people once they’re behind a screen. However, to push against it or be ungrateful for the work I get from it would be pretty stupid! Keeping focused on my work and keeping my head down is the best I can do in that sense.
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