Australia Inked Magazine interview

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The interview and article in Australia Inked magazine in January 2011 celebrates Claire being the creator and driving force behind the annual Rites of Passage tattoo festivals in Melbourne.

The interview highlights Claire’s lifelong interest and passion for art and her philosophy of tattooing.

Yoga & Meditation

For Claire the practice of yoga and meditation compliments her artistic lifestyle promoting concentration, peace of mind and connectivity to all that is.

Eco Living


The Ajna Temple tattoo studio is Claire’s base when not travelling. Ajna translates as the third eye chakra in Sanskrit.

The studio is located in the rainforest 35minutes outside of Byron bay where Claire tattoos from solar power and tries to use as many earth friendly products as possible.

The studio promotes a peaceful environment for customers where they can connect with their ideas easily during the tattoo process.

Rites of Passage

Claire is the founder of the first Melbourne international tattoo convention ‘The Rites of Passage Festival’ conceived from an idea to connect people with aboriginal culture, traditional practices of tattooing and the notion that tattoos are a spiritual practice that can take a person from one part of their life and into the next as a rite of passage.

The successful festival still continues annually in Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton gardens, with many of the worlds finest tattoo artists attending.

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Claire is constantly traveling to guest spots and tattoo conventions, feel free to contact her and see where she will be next.


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