Doing business and raising babies.
Mother of two, pinup model, social worker and tattoo studio owner, Dahlia Black breaks all molds. I admire any woman who can juggle a successful career, healthy lifestyle and family life. Dahlia carries herself with so much grace although her children shall grow up thinking shes a badass someday for pursuing her dreams.
She looks like an elixir of colour and passion but if you manage to sit her down for five minutes, you shall soon realise she’s got a mind for business and all eyes on success.
INTERVIEW – DAHLIA BLACK
Interview and editorial by photographer Lee Baker
Q: If you did not have the career you have now, what would you want to be doing?
I’ve always aspired to be a police officer, or to work in the field of criminal psychology. I’m pretty content with where I am now, but I could still pursue those options down the track.
Q: Tell us about your kids?
I have two kids, a one year old boy and two year old girl. My daughter is a fiery little thing, she’s so stubborn and strong. And my boy is a sweet, giggly and gentle soul who LOVES his Mama. They are the best, ever.
Q: What is your parenting style?
I don’t really know how to describe my parenting style, I’d say it’s very affectionate and loved up parenting – my children are always told how beautiful, special and loved they are!
Q: How do your kids feel about your tattoos?
Sometimes I don’t think they even notice that Mummy is any different to anyone else, it’s the norm for them. One day I’m sure they’ll think I’m so uncool though! Ha
Q: Have you ever faced any discrimination due to being a tattooed mom? What happened?
I do get a lot of judgemental looks, which I noticed a lot from hospital staff while I was pregnant actually. I haven’t had any outright rude comments to my face, but have definitely felt judgment from other parents.
Q: Tell is about your tattoos? Who did them? What do they mean and which one is your favourite?
Most of my tattoos are by my darling husband Aaron Smith, at our tattoo studio Faith Hope Charity Tattoo in Flemington. Majority of them don’t mean anything, I love traditional tattoo imagery which is why I have the style that I do – I do have a few pieces that are special though. My favourite would probably be my stomach piece.
Q: With such a busy schedule and so many kids – how do you make time for your family? Do you have any tips on balancing a successful career and family?
It’s really hard for us to make time to enjoy each other’s company, but we always have at least one designated day of the week where we go out as a family. I don’t really have any tips on how to manage, I’m of the mind that a short term sacrifice is worth it for a long term pay off – so missing a few things now because I need to work hard means that I will have more time/freedom/money to enjoy everything when I’ve established myself properly.
Q: What is your idea for “me-time”?
A nice bubble bath, or a relaxing massage are my favourite me-time activities.
Q: Would you rather fight a vampire, werewolf or a zombie? Why?
Oh, that’s hard. I think a vampire would be the easier fight of the three so I’ll go with that!
Model/HMUA: Dahlia Black
Photographer: Lee Baker – Shot by Baker
Location: Port Melbourne, Australia