FAQ - The Dainty Squid


Hi there! I've compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions I receive and answered them all for you here. Hopefully you'll be able to find what you're looking for, if not just send me over an email!

What do you do for a living? I'm a full time blogger.

Where do you live? I live in Cleveland, Ohio.

Can you give me some recommendations for Cleveland? I have a list of my favorite spots in Cleveland right here.

Are you on instagram? I sure am. You can find me as "thedaintysquid" If you're not on instagram but would still like to view my photos you can do so here.

When is your birthday? August 2nd.

What is your natural hair color? My natural hair color is a dirty blonde but I haven't seen that in a very long time. I spent around five years with black hair before I decided to get colorful with it. I've had one bright, unnatural color or another for about eight years now. I don't see myself heading back to blonde any time soon.

What hair dyes do you use? My favorite dyes, after trying many, are Punky Colour and Special Effects. They both seem to produce long lasting beautiful color, plus they smell awesome. If you'd like to know what color I used in a specific photo than you're out of luck - 99% of the time I mix my dyes together so I have a unique color each time. By the time I've rinsed my hair I've normally forgotten my little recipe.

How is your hair so soft looking after bleaching it? My hair is so soft because I don't bleach it every time I change the color. I only bleach my hair when my roots need touched up and at that time I only bleach my roots not all of my hair. Since the dyes I use don't contain anything bad for my hair it's able to stay soft, shiny and healthy. Also - I go through way more conditioner than anyone else I know.

How do you get your hair color to last so long? You can find all my hair color tips right here!

Can you help me out with my hair / give me some hair advice? I'm sorry, I don't feel comfortable giving hair advice. I am not a professional, all that I know is from personal experience and I know that it works for my hair. But everyone's hair is different and will react differently to bleach and dye. I have a hair master post here with lots of tips and links though!

How do you find all these abandoned places? Mostly just by driving around and exploring different parts of the city. You'll be amazed at what you find if you just keep your eyes peeled. There is no magic app or website with lists of abandoned spots. While you may be able to find information on a few spots online your best bet really is to get out and look for yourself.

Can you give me the address to [random abandoned place]? Nope, I don't share information on abandoned spots for a variety of different reasons. I'm sorry! But really, half the fun is the hunt!

How many tattoos do you have? I have quite a few including two full sleeves, a chest piece, a large stomach piece, my knuckles including both thumbs, a large thigh piece, the backs of my thighs, the front of my right shin, and a few other various small things here and there. I'm not done yet either.

Where do you get tattooed? The majority of my tattoos were done by Bryan Krause who owns Atom Bomb Tattoo in Willoughby, Ohio. Most recently I've been getting tattooed by Shawn Patton.

Can I see a close up photo of your tattoos? I'm sorry but I no longer share any close up photos of my tattoos. I know most people are just curious and would love to see more but my tattoos are very personal to me and I feel uncomfortable with the idea that someone might rip them off (hey, it's happened before!)

How much did your tattoos cost? I don't really feel comfortable answering this but if you're asking because you're looking into getting a tattoo your best bet would be to ask the artist you'll be having do that tattoo. Tattoos vary in price greatly depending on the size, amount of detail and of course, your artist.

How many piercings do you have? I currently wear jewelry in 8 piercings.

Where do you buy your body jewelry? I buy all my plugs from Omerica Organic, who I cannot recommend highly enough. (PS. You can get 20% off your first purchase with rep code "daintysq"). Other than that I don't really buy too much.

May I use your photos on my blog? Absolutely, but please make sure to credit them.

Do you have any blogging tips for beginners? I think my two biggest tips are to blog about your interests, not what you think others want to read and to always remember that it's not about how many readers you have! (And also that blogging is not a get rich quick kind of thing!) Just have fun!

How do I build a readership? I recently shared 5 tips for that right here!

Where did the name The Dainty Squid come from? Squid is one of my cats and she is very dainty. ;)

How long have you been blogging? I've been blogging since May 2009.

What kind of camera do you use? I recently made a post listing all my camera equipment, it can be found here.

What do you use to edit your photos? I use Adobe Lightroom. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Where do you get your land camera film? You can find land camera film on amazon, black and white here and color here.

What's your favorite toy camera? The split-cam! If you'd like to see some examples of photos from it see here, here, and here.

Where do you get your film developed? I get my 35mm film developed at Discount Drug Mart, which is our local drug store if you're not familiar. They're the closest place to me that has one hour photo that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. If you don't have a drug store near you there a lots of places online you can send your film out to.

Where is your bike from? My bikes were both made by State Bicycle Co.

What kind of dog is Klaus? His paperwork from the shelter said he was a Plott hound, but I'm not convinced that's all he is. Our vet suggested plott/pit mix. Whatever he is, he's a handsome one.

How many cats do you have? I have two cats - Squid, and Professor Stingray.

How do you have so many indoor plants with all those kitties? My cats honestly aren't interested in my plants. They'll sniff them from time to time but they've never tried to eat any of them. *knock on wood* Guess I just got lucky!

Where do you shop? Mostly thrift stores and estate sales. Some of my favorite places to shop for clothing other than those two are Target, and Modcloth.

Do you have any tips for estate sales? I sure do! You can find all my tips regarding estate sales right here. It's a pretty old post but still relevant. I cover how to find them and what to expect.
Where did you learn about mycology? I've learned about mycology with help from the internet, and books! If you're interested in identifying mushrooms while you're out exploring I recommend the app "Fungi"

Hope that answers your questions!

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