Good Indian Girl, Sort Of: Heleena Mistry

Photo Credit: Alia Romagnoli

What’s your name? Heleena Mistry

Where do you live? Leicester, United Kingdom.

What your favorite hangout in Leicester? As cheesy as it may be, my favourite spot to hang out is my tattoo studio.

What type of work do you do? I currently work as a Tattoo Artist.

I wanted to become a tattoo artist because I’ve always wanted a creative career and I’ve always loved tattoos. When I realized there weren’t many Indian tattoo artists in the UK, I decided to give it a shot. Tattooing is honestly the best job in the world and I could never do anything else with my life.

What are some Indian traditions you still follow? I light a Diya and agarbathi (incense) pretty much every morning and thank the Universe for everything that I have in my life.

Bollywood or Hollywood, and why?
Bollywood, as much as I love Jodhaa Ahkbar my go-to film will always be a Hollywood comedy or Animation.

Favorite movie?
My favourite movie that I never get tired of watching is probably Stepbrothers with Will Ferrell and John C. Reily.

What’s your favorite thing about Indian culture? The artwork, India has such a rich history of being creative in all kinds of mediums, whether it’s paintings, pottery, woodwork, textiles, tattoos etc.

Good Indian Girl? Definitely! My favourite saying is “I’m not radical, you’re just brainwashed.” I’m definitely a good Indian girl, just not by everyone’s standards.

Please support Heleena’s work and give her a follow on Instagram @heleenatattoos or give her a shout when you’re ready for your next tattoo!


  1. Ena Reply

    Heleena any good Indian artists in ncal?

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