May May's Exit Interview: "I Couldn't Handle the Pressure"

By Oxygen

May May had a tough season emotionally, but she hung in there until Episode 6, when she was eliminated for her sci-fi tattoo. Now she's back home, where her "stress levels" have returned to normal. She's ready to reflect on her time on Best Ink 3 -- and even more ready to keep tattooing! Read her full exit interview below.

What have you been up to since filming Best Ink?

Shortly after I got home, the car accident that put me into total financial chaos finally settled, so needless to say my stress level is finally back to normal!

I was picked up by two amazingly generous sponsors, and I'm extremely grateful to work with them. I did a convention, won an awesome tattoo workstation in a raffle, started a new painting or two, went camping and four wheeling, spent some serious quality time with my family...I really just got right back to being happy-go-lucky me!

After receiving an offer from along time friend and mentor, I'm also excited to say that I am now tattooing in the shop I have wanted to work in since I was a teen.

Did you agree with the judges’ decision to keep Romeo and Danny, and to send you home?

Whole-heartedly yes! My tattoo was neither finished, nor thought out quite as well as the others in the bottom. I deserved to go home. 

Describe the challenges of completing your Sci-Fi-themed tattoo?

In a nutshell, I let myself get caught up and stressed with technical difficulties and failed to start the tattoo on time.

If you could go back and do the tattoo differently, would you?

The only thing I would change would have been to skip eating and rework the design instead. There were a few details I never got to work out in the drawing and it spelled disaster in the end!

You had a pretty intense season. Do you feel like your emotions may have affected your performance?

It would be stupid to say no, but I'm tired of hearing myself make excuses for why things didn't turn out in my favor. The cold hard fact is that I couldn't handle the pressure.

What did you take away from your experience on Best Ink?

I love what I do and I take my work very seriously, perhaps even too much so. Best Ink has helped me learn not to care what others around me think, and just be happy and proud of what I do, no matter the circumstances. It's a life lesson that was long overdue.

What’s in your tattooing future?

Hard work and and perseverance!

I'm currently putting together my travel schedule for the year so be on the lookout around the US. Feel free to check out my webpage, or my Facebook fan page, as well as for more info.

Thanks again, Best Ink, I'm happy to add this chapter to the story of my life. Good luck to the remaining cast members, and a big thank you to the judges and people behind-the-scenes who make the competition possible.

Watch May May's exit interview video!

Tune in next Wednesday at 10/9c for an all new episode of 'Best Ink'


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