My visible tattoo adventure in London - part 2
It was quite late by the time I returned to Bethnal Green but that evening I had arranged to meet Jo again, this time at Camden. My hosts Caitlin and Milos begged me to let them dog sit so I was free.
As I came out of the Camden Town tube station and hung around a little waiting for Jo, I woman of about 60 very purposefully approached me and planted herself in front of me. Bright eyed she exclaimed "wonderful, you look absolutely marvellous!" and then she headed off. Soon I was complimented by an Italian. I then engaged in a conversation with a scouser (from Bootle) who was writing new agey readings on the pavement. We had time to connect with each other and I learned something of his life story.
With Jo arriving we had a walk around and ended up in a music pub. No more compliments but nothing negative either. I don't doubt that people were staring at me but the British are highly skilled at doing it without your knowing it. I felt relaxed.
On the train back I was chatting to Jo and she said I think the young woman next to you is trying to make contact with you. I turned and she asked me "are they real"? I smiled and said "what do you think". I never heard her answer because some musicians had boarded the train and created a distracting sound. I turned back to Jo. Then she said I think she still wants to talk to you. So I turned again and she was very complimentary though I can't remember just what she said. At which point the guy sitting opposite me joined in the conversation talking about his own tattoos. I am struggling to remember when last anyone on the tube struck up a conversation with me. Flushed with the attention as I left the train I turned to the young woman and told her she was beautiful. I don't think she was objectifying me nor I her. I wait to be corrected.