A woman covered almost all of her body in tattoos to paying a tribute to her late father, and she has spent £15,000 ($19,500) on it.
Nadine Anderson, from Dundee, Scotland, has always been attracted by tattoos and she always wanted to be like her dad.
The care assistant, now 23, got her first tattoo when she was 18, having a tree of life on her forearm.
Discussing her love for tats, Nadine said: “I’ve always wanted tattoos. My dad had two sleeves when I was growing up and I always wanted them. I got into tattoos growing up always to get them and then when I was eighteen, I went for it.
“I was the classic daddy’s girl growing up and seeing my dad covered in that I always knew I wanted to be like him and have all that kind of stuff.
“I discussed my first tattoo with my dad, and he supported my decision he was like, ‘as long as you’re sure you want to do it’ so I went and booked my first tattoo with my dad.”
After getting her first tattoo, Nadine’s look was changed. She now has numerous piercings, scarification on her head, and even a split tongue – which she had to travel to Germany to have done as it is illegal in the UK.
She now says she doesn’t count how many tattoos she has, they have all morphed together to make one ‘bodysuit’, and an expensive one at that.
Nadine says: “I’ve spent about £15,000. I don’t count them individually as they make one whole bodysuit. I would say 90 percent of my body is covered. It’s just my feet I need to tattoo now.
“I think I would add a little bit more under my right eye because there are spaces I want to fill up eventually, but that’s all I would probably add is just a little tiny piece on it because I think I’ve got quite a lot on it now.
“You can still tell what my features are like nature, and I wouldn’t want to take away from that because I think that’s the beauty of that tattoo.”
And while some people might not understand her passion, Nadine says her family and friends have been nothing but supportive.
She said: “Some [friends and family] think I’m crazy, but I’ve always spoken about being covered at the end of the day, I’m still Nadine and they still love me. If anything, I’m just more me.
“I get people who are inquisitive and want to know my motivations, people who congratulate me on having the confidence to be me, and then people who instantly give the horrible looks and comments.
“It’s kind of stereotypical thing that if they don’t get it they’ll want to put it down, or if it’s not their cup of tea they won’t want to look at your motivations for it.
“They say things like, ‘you’ve ruined your life’, ‘you can’t be employed’ and ‘you’ll regret this in forty years’ blah blah blah, but at the end of the day I’m fully employed, I’ve paid for every single tattoo out of my wage, no one’s ever paid for them, I’ve got my own flat and honestly I live a very normal life.
“If I’d covered myself in a bunch of offensive work, then I deserve all of that, but you can’t be offended by art.”
For those who want to experiment with body art, Nadine says that if someone is having doubts then not go through with it, as it will affect your entire life.
She said: “I’m happy to give my advice about aftercare for tattoos.
“But if they’re ever like, ‘I want a blackout sleeve but I’m don’t know if I should’ then I always answer ‘no’ because I think the moment you have an uncertainty then you shouldn’t do it because chances are it’s permanent, unless you have to go through all the lasering and stuff, and it’s not worth it if you’re going to regret it in the end or just jumping on some bandwagon.”
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