Showing posts from May, 2011
Arm pits in a man are not regarded as an attractive area of the body - unlike women. But my left arm pit was not to be escaped and Ben has given it a garland of flowers. This joins up the work on my back with my left breast and creates a beginning for the work going down the left side of my body. It'll never stand out but helps create asense of completeness. I think it works. I talked to Ben about the young woman featured in my prior blog and the extent of her neck and face tattoos. Ben doesn't like doing face and neck tattoos very much and will only agree to do them if a person is already very heavily tattooed elsewhere on their body. I think such tattoos can look wonderful but often they don't. Most of all they stop you being any more than a tattooed person. I'm thrilled to be a tattooed person but do not want that as a complete definition of who I am. So I am more conflicted about all this than Ben.
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I went to the Newport, South Wales convention yesterday. Before getting there, I spent two and half hours with a face painter who gave me fake face and neck tattoos. It was painstaking but very pleasant and enjoyable. Sam Fisher, the face painter from Longwell in Bristol, did a wonderful job and the reaction I got at Newport was quite electric. All tattooists spotted the fakery immediately and most heavily tattooed people didn't take long either. But many were unsure. One way or another I caught the eye and it led to many conversations with those attending the convention. It was an opportunity to talk about face tattoos and how far people were willing to go. I was struck that a significant proportion of those there with some face tattoos were women. I'm not sure, but maybe more than half. One young woman I photographed, but unfortunately can't name check, has at her tender age advanced very far on neck and face. She said she may well take it furt