Austra-alien in LA, @tashihonnery, gives TBS the lowdown on all things creative, artistic, expressive, weird and abnormal on her Instagram.
Your Instagram pics are fabulous. If for whatever reason you could only save three, which three would you save?
I could give a really annoying answer and say “look at my Instagram, it’s all you need to know,” but I won’t, so I am a body artist. The best way to explain that is a cross between bodypainting/makeup/special effects/modelling and art.
Now go take a look at my Instagram, it will make sense.
Can you please tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how @tashihonnery came to be?
I am 21, my hair seems more natural when it’s bright colours and it actually worries people if it starts going more “normal”. I’m originally from Sydney but now living in LA, I’ve never done things the “right” way but it seems to be working out, and that’s what I try and convey on my Instagram. It’s a place that I could share images of my work and my life without having to explain myself, it is simple, one image can say so much. As I am a body artist, it allows me to share a lot of my art and people can easily access it.
What do you think is the main driver to people coming to your Instagram daily and following you?
People don’t like seeing the same old “morning coffee” post or the good old “live laugh love” post or some equally mundane photo that you can see for yourself if you look at your own coffee or the window of any homewares store. They want to see something that is new and different and feels a little rebellious when they look at it. People want to see a variety of things and what boundary I’ll push that day. I will show things from my body art, things that are pushing on those Instagram community guidelines that I love to hate so much…I don’t stick to any rules of posting as such or themes or anything like that and that’s what I think draws people in, they never know what to expect.
What is the main story you like to tell through your images?
I like to always convey individuality and myself through my images, I want to show people not to be ashamed or feel like they aren’t allowed to show who they are or what they do and that Instagram should be a place to do that. I show that art shouldn’t die in the 21st century and that a “selfie” can be more than just a typical duck face photo, it can be pushed into the category of art and that is what I’m all about: being art and building the world you want to live in by changing and creating it the way you want. Instagram can be a small window into my life and the way I function as obscure as it may be. I won’t lie, I do still post an inappropriate meme and insane cat photo here and there…
What is the worst way for someone to try and get your attention on Instagram, and what is the best way?
The worst ever way to get my attention is to go through and like every single image I have especially when they don’t follow. I can see you and it’s just getting extremely annoying…this shows that they aren’t really looking and actually liking anything. It’s kind of like Stewie in Family Guy always saying “mum, mum, mum”, really, stop. The best is a DM! If you actually want to talk or say something a DM is the best! A lot of the time responding to comments is hard and I do ignore a lot of them as some are quite nasty and the only way is to ignore them.