4 lessons every teen can learn from Hannah Pixie Snowdon

Hannah Pixie Snowdon is a talented tattoo artist based in Sheffield UK. Her fiancé, Oli Sykes, is the lead singer/screamer of Bring Me The Horizon. Hannah owns her own tattoo shop named Black Stabbath and is a cultured traveler, vegan, and all-around beautiful person (not to mention she has the cutest name in existence). Besides her already-packed and artsy life, Hannah is also the co-writer of two awesome books called The Key Zine and The Balance Book, both of which she developed with her friend (and very talented artist) Anastasia Tasou. I find that the way Hannah leads her life and the views she shares are thoroughly amazing and believe every teen can learn from them. In fact, after watching her interviews and browsing through her opinions and art on Instagram, I’ve even found myself happier and calmer. So, in celebration of this inspirational dot work tattoo artist, I’ve put together a list of life-lessons Hannah has taught me how you can benefit off of them too.

Lesson 1: Hannah believes that “Hurt people hurt people.”

Okay, first of all can we just marvel at those words for a second? When I first heard Hannah say that, I literally had to stop and rethink all the times someone had torn me down or backstabbed me. I think this is superbly great advice for anyone experiencing bullying because it helps remind you that it’s really not you, it’s the bully. Whenever I’ve reminded myself of this during episodes where I feel put down, it makes me feel so much better. High school is especially tough, what with all the identity searching and work stress, but when people add negatively, it gets hard to keep smiling. Keeping the idea that “hurt people hurt people” close to heart makes it easier to not ignore, but forgive the bully because who knows what’s happening in their life to make them so unlikeable? Even with this in mind though, Hannah 100% disagrees with bullying and does not deem it acceptable at all. The quote is in the context of dealing with being hurt, not changing your mindset to think it’s okay because it really isn’t.

Lesson 2: She preaches confronting your emotions.

In a recent interview with Sophie Eggleton, Hannah spoke of negative emotions and a healthier way of dealing with them. She explained, “It’s because when you first experience these emotions, like the first time you ever feel guilt, or like anger or like any of these things, they feel so horrible that you either want to push it away or you want to suppress it. But you don’t want to feel it because it sucks.” This was so accurate for me that I finally realized how unhealthy was.

Luckily, she went on to offer advice and her words are so true that I think everyone could benefit from trying her method at least once. Basically, she said, “You sit in the jealousy or the sadness or whatever, and really acknowledge it and really study it for what it is, then most of the time, you can acknowledge how ridiculous it is. There’s nothing behind it you know what I mean? And then, there’s nothing to confront anymore.” Basically my interpretation of this is that, when you finally let yourself feel that negative emotion, you can truly understand how the reason behind it is created by your own mind and that most of the time, you can acknowledge that separately and let it go. When the reason is gone, the emotion goes too and so there’s nothing to confront anymore. This method actually works so well for me because while drowning your sorrows in chocolate and Netflix is great, actually confronting them might work better.

Lesson 3: “Art is subjective.”

First of all, not only is this true but also, believing it actually means you cannot be logically insecure about your art. I mean, you might believe someone else’s is 100 times better than yours, but a stranger could come by and actually prefer your art! This just goes to show that art is completely subjective. It’s the reason we have genres and categories and styles. What one person might like is not someone else’s favorite and, when you keep this in mind, it becomes that much easier to build self-confidence for your passion. Also, understanding that your interest is subjective means also means learning that competitions are utterly useless. After all, who might win today might change styles tomorrow and that alone could ultimately cost them the prize. Competitions are about luck and inflexibility; they do not measure your potential or skill or how much you’ve improved, and that’s why remembering that your art will always be a lot worse and a lot better than another person’s through different lenses is important.

Hannah herself is an amazing tattooist who has insecurities like us all and this humanity I think, shows us how even she, who somehow manages to create masterpieces out of little dots (see below), can feel insecure. In the end though, it’s all natural and we just have to remember how far we’ve come.

Lesson 4: Hannah is big on self-love and love in general.

So as I mentioned before, the lovely Ms. Snowdon is engaged to singer Oli Sykes. Their marriage is supposedly happening this year so, of course, Hannah has a lot to take in. In the same interview with Sophie Eggleton though, Hannah claimed that regardless of her marriage, she still puts herself first and she’s reminding herself of this by arranging a solo vacation to Peru! Yep, Hannah is taking a break at the same period of time she’s getting married and I personally think it’s awesome because a new spouse shouldn’t mean new priorities. Also, besides her romantic love, Hannah has acquired a lovely set of lady friends over the years (notably Anastasia Tasou and Grace Neutral) whom she constantly gushes over. That being said, Hannah reminds me that, through your adolescence, it is so important to have a bunch of girlfriends you can feel safe and have fun with. Loving them, and your partner, and your family, might seem easy enough but it’s ridiculous how often I’ve seen my friends and I forget it! So yes, love is a reoccurring motif in Hannah’s mini-speeches and I feel as if we all need to be reminded of this often since your homework isn’t going to be there when you’re on your deathbed — it’ll be your friends and family!

Hannah Pixie Snowdon is undoubtedly one of those people that we can all learn from. Not to mention she’s a realistic inspiration as she admits her faults openly as well. So, the next time you’re feeling blue, maybe remind yourself of some of Hannah’s guidelines to feel better. She’s been a great inspiration to me and I hope she can help you, too!

(Images via here, here, here, and here.)

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