Miss Nikki Needles is an alternative tattooed model from Auckland, New Zealand. She has a very interesting story, surviving a car accident and enjoying every minute of her life since. Piercer, professional dancer and owner of a tattoo studio: what more can you ask for? Read the following interview to know more about Nikki. Check the gallery below to browse some amazing pictures.[caption id="attachment_19096" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Photo by AJ Photography[/caption]Tell us about your career as a model: what was your first photoshoot?My first proper photoshoot was about 3 years back with one of my favourite New Zealand photographers - Tahlia from Miss T Pin Ups. I chose to shoot with the best of the best - do it once and do it right - and it paid off. One photo has been shared constantly on social media, and one of the images actually won a Bronze Award at the NZIPP (Institute of Professional Photographers) Awards.What do you consider your career highlights so far?Winning the title of Miss Tattoo NZ 2013 has definitely been my career highlight so far. It was a goal I set myself back when I first started modeling, it took a lot of hard work and dedication but I got there in the end. My next goal is for a cover!We know you're also a piercer. Tell us about your career as a piercer.I’ve been body piercing since we opened our own Tattoo Studio - Lifestyle Tattoo - in 2011. I learned from a well respected man in the Industry and that was the best thing I ever did. Professional training is everything! I do all types of piercings, from ear lobes to genitals to dermal anchors - and I’m good at what I do. I’ve also recently started offering Body Piercing training and have taught 2 students so far, it’s awesome to pass your skills onto people who want to learn properly.You're also a professional dancer. Have you always wanted to be a dancer? Tell us more about it.I’ve always been a dancer - my whole life pretty much, I started when I was just 4 doing Jazz Ballet, and started Hip Hop when I was 15 or 16? I lived for it as a child growing up, and I’ve been dancing professionally since I was 16. I’ve had so many gigs it’s hard to list them all - but my most favourite would have to be when I was cheerleading for our National NRL (League) team for 2 years - best experience ever! Dancing in front of 30-40,000 screaming fans is a rush! I unfortunately had to give that up due to my tattoo collection, but I’m super excited to debut my first Burlesque routine shortly.When did you get your first tattoo?My parents would NOT let me get tattooed when I was younger, I had to wait until I was 18. I got your typical star sign tattoo/tramp stamp - and I’m actually in the process now of covering over it.Did you plan on becoming heavily tattooed or it just happened?It actually just kinda happened haha….I had a couple of tattoos when I was 18, and collected more slowly over the years. They always had to be concealable due to my dancing and my work as a sales rep. It wasn’t something I decided to ‘do’, but once we made the choice to open our own shop, I was able to get the more visible spots tattooed. There was no more need to cover them with suits, I no longer had to worry about what my boss would think, I could do what I wanted and look however I wanted. Also, with modeling there was a real market for heavily tattooed models. I would say 80% of my tattoo work has been done in the last 4-5 years since we opened our studio.[caption id="attachment_19098" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Photo By Luna Trash[/caption]What are your favourite tattoo artists?My favourite by far is my extremely talented hubby - Greg Campbell. I love his unique twist on Neo-Traditional work, I’m his biggest fan and wear a load of his amazing work. I also love Nadine Marriott, Boog Star, Crispy Lennox, John Montgomery and Dr Rev, Bloodpainter.Would you say being tattooed helped you in your career model?Definitely, I wouldn’t be modeling if it wasn’t for the alt scene and my tattoos. Un-tattooed models are simply flawless and it’s a bloody hard market to crack. I don’t feel I had anything special to offer over other girls when I was plain-skinned with brown hair., even being a cheerleader. Having tattoos makes you an individual, it makes you unique and gives you a very distinctive look. Fortunately because I’ve been collecting for so long, I have enough coverage to be a heavily tattooed model.What advice do you have for models just starting out?Don’t give up, and don’t listen to haters. You will never EVER please everyone - accept that smart nasty comments come with the job. For every ten people who love you there will be one who hates you. Also, spend the money to shoot with well-known photographers when you are starting out, shoot with someone who has a name so your photos are amazing and they get shared. Shitty portfolio photos won’t get you any work at all. If you’re serious, save up to shoot with the right people - it’s all who you know in this Industry.Before we go, tell us a random fact about you.I am the survivor of a serious car crash that should have killed me. Only last year I was hit by a drunk driver who ran a red light, and then fled the scene - straight up hit and run. I died in the ambulance, my head was spilt open to my skull and I required 72 stitches and 2 blood transfusions as my temporal artery was severed…..just goes to show when it’s not your time it’s not your time. Live life to the fullest, jump on every opportunity, and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you - life is short xxHow incredible is Nikki? If you want to know more about her, check her Facebook page. Don't forget to browse through the pictures below. She's smart, purpose driven and a real beauty!