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.
This is how I look after being on hormone treatment for 18 months and after two lots of facial feminisation surgery. I have also had a lot of electrolysis on my beard. I have been transformed. And there is still quite a way to go yet. You can see some of my tattoos peeping out from the top of my dress. It seems evident now that my quest for a full body suit is linked to my gender dysphoria. I am not trying to suggest that everyone who gets a body suit suffer from dysphoria. Not at all. But in my case I think it is just one of a number of things I had been doing to change my appearance completely. Now my focus on being tattooed has dissipated as I continue my transition with my mind devoted now on my gender reassignment surgery scheduled for August of this year, 2020. Once my transition is finished then I must finish the work currently in progress on my legs. You can follow my transition via my YouTube videos. Just search for Zoë Genevieve Perry.