Kriti Monga

Graphic De­signer

Cosmopolitan (India) - - COSMO GIRL -

“Grow­ing up, I was par­tic­u­larly fas­ci­nated by the tat­toos on my grand­par­ents’ arms and hands, much be­fore tat­toos be­came a ‘cool’ thing to do. My first tat­too cov­ers my right fore­arm and is the text of the Jap Ji Sahib, writ­ten in Gur­mukhi. I hand­wrote it my­self. It was partly in­spired by my grand­par­ents’ tat­toos, my con­nec­tion to my fam­ily his­tory of mi­grat­ing from Pak­istan and also, very closely, to my fa­ther. His pass­ing away when I was 16 had a great im­pact on my views of the im­per­ma­nence of life. I’m not very reli­gious, but was con­nected to my fa­ther’s sense of spir­i­tu­al­ity through ac­tions and open­ness. A lot of peo­ple think I got it be­cause I’m reli­gious, but for me, it’s al­most anti-re­li­gion!”

Leop­ard print top and skirt, both bYSI; jacket,

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