Gonzo tattoo

 
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.
 

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