I am not sure my vanity can handle this. These profile shots of my body are not the most flattering, but this is how I am today. Left you can see an image of an Alphonse Mucha tattoo I had done back in the 1990s, which is now being integrated into my bodysuit. The hair of the woman on this pedestal or gravestone is just one mass of black. I have asked Ben to give the hair some life. You will also see that above her head is a small uninked part of my body that needed filling in.
Now to the right you can see the result of the first stage of work
to achieve those aims. At this stage it just looks fuzzy. Ben decided to lighten the black first and next time he will start putting in outlines in black that will also give detail to the hair. It's almost impossible to see how the finished job will look at this stage but I am confident it will be transformed in April, when he completes the hair, having had something similar done on my chest a few months ago. My next session is at the end of this month, which is too early to return to this work, so he will begin with a big plumaged bird on the other side of my body to cover some very old Celtic work. In March I am going to India and Sri Lanka with my wife, so will miss the originally scheduled session.
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My mind is focussed on just one kind of extreme body modification - heavy tattooing. My body appearance has changed drastically in the past five years. But what are other people's body modifications of choice? One is a practice known as "tight lacing", in which the users of corsets embark on reducing their waist sizes to as small at 17 or 18 inches, if they can. It's not something that grabs me but Lacie here ( www.staylace.com ) has dedicated herself to the practice. There are others like her who take it very seriously. It's a fetish and not necessarily permanent. If you give up regularly wearing this special kind of corset then you will eventually revert to normal. I have no plans to embark on this myself, but before I pass any judgement must reflect that what I am doing to myself is even more extreme. The images here are truly eye catching. I have never knowingly met anyone who is into tight lacing yet there is a big community out there who do it.
The work in my groin and pubic area has been completed. Years ago Louis Molloy did the central figure in this picture but avoided going all the way. Now Ben has tattooed a circle of clouds all around the image that goes as far as it can without inking my genitalia. This completes the work on my torso. Added to that Ben has worked some hair detail on a much older art nouveau image originally tattooed in the nineties. Months ago Ben covered the black hair with brown. Today he gave the hair some texture. To mark the end of this phase Ben took some pictures of my whole body.
Jamie Wintle is from Brislington in Bristol and had just had his new head tattoo done at Avon Tattoo by Jordan Ferris. https://www.facebook.com/JordanFerrisTattoo/ He'd been planning it for a while and Jordan found the script he was looking for and it was completed in three hours. In the next few weeks he'll get the other side of his head done. Jamie works at a car body shop so it's no problem getting visible tattoos. He was with Jodie. They have been a couple for a year. Tattoos helped attract him to her. Being together encourages her to get more ink, knowing he will like it. He even encourages her. She is busy getting her arms done by Dave Middleton at Somerton near Glastonbury. https://www.facebook.com/unit2tattoo/ So they are getting tattooed together and seemingly getting their hair styles together. Let's hope their compatibility keeps them together.