This is the diary of a heavily tattooed trans woman as she makes progress towards a bodysuit. Why the tattooed toff? Because I am not as people think I should be. They assume from the way I speak and the clothes I wear that I am "normal" and are shocked when I show them my ink. I am a retired Chartered Accountant and retired BBC journalist too Now I have just started my transition this makes me more unusual.
It feels like another moment in my history but it was only last March that I was holiday in Sri Lanka. We went in part to see England play Sri lanka in the cricket test match in Galle. In this photo I am relaxing in Colombo at the big old colonial hotel called The Galle Face. It is Colombo's answer to Raffles and the echoes of British colonial history are almost deafening as you walk the halls and corridors of the place. This is not a place to find the tattooed world, or so you would think. While hanging around the pool a frightfully posh Englishwoman slightly older than I am approached me. She said she was interested to see my tattoos because her grandfather was similarly covered in tattoos. Her mother told her that this lady's grandmother never had any idea her husband was tattooed. That says a lot about the culture of the British middle class at that time and even more about their sex life.
The same day we travelled on down to a house we had rented at a small town…
My hip is now complete, big bird and all. Although it there wasn't a great deal of additional ink required, joining everything up in that area seems to make a big impact to me. One of those step changes.
Now to complete the hair on the art noveau woman on the other hip and to take the work right down to the root of my penis. Here in this photo it is discreetly covered by a piece of strategic tissue paper. Then I'll be ready to start on my legs, or should I say, the rest of my legs since as can be seen there is partial coverage already.
After I had finished the session today I had a short chat with the young woman who was Ben's next client. She asked me what I'd had done that day. I explained and told her of my progress towards a body suit. She said "then what - your face?"
This remark was visceral. I said I would very much like to have my face tattooed but felt for family and social reasons that I couldn't. She quite simply said, "you must l…
This is Kim's first tattoo and it's bold and beautiful at the same time. I've not seen Ben work in this style with others and I'm impressed as it shows his versatility. It is surprising Kim has not been tattooed until now as she sports a face full of piercings, most of which are not visible in this photograph. Piercings and tattoos normally go together. It will be interesting to see what it looks like when completed.