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.
I was in The Beehive pub in Horfield, after spending a couple of hours delivering political leaflets on behalf of the independent candidate George Ferguson (www.bristol1st.com) the other evening when I spotted a couple of tattooed folk across the room. One was Gemma (see below) who works as a criminal lawyer for the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service). Her photo is rather overexposed, so you can't really see her quite prominent lip piercing.
On her arm she has an usual design. She chose it because of her obsession with the writings of Gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson. The image is taken from the famous cartoonist's image of bats in perhaps Thompson's best known novel, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and the quote is from the book.
I asked Gemma if she wears her piercing at work. She says she does at the office but when in court she has to remove it. It does show how gradually tattoos and piercings are becoming more and more accepted in the workplace when a lawyer has so little inhibition about the work on her body. Her work was done by Stu Lucas at Holey Skin in Bristol. http://holeyskin.com/
With her was Chris who works in I.T. His sleeve was very much in evidence. On close examination the images are all Marvel comic superheroes. His tattooist is Ben Boston, who has done most of work.
The work was spread over three years from 2004 to 2007. When he's at the office he wears a long sleeved shirt.
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.