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Tattoos at the Hatchet Inn

I had just finished a drink with a group of young people I had just met at a pro-EU rally on Bristol's College Green.  As I passed the bar I noticed a couple of heavily tattooed young people and felt compelled to talk to them.

There was Paul Livingston who has been getting tattooed for ten years.  He says he is aiming for full coverage, apart from the face.  He wants a dragon on his neck and head.  I like the family that my body is a painting and makes me feel more natural.

He actually lives upstairs in the Hatchet pub itself and has been there for a year.

Much of his work has been done by my tattooist Ben Boston though he has had some of his work done by scratchers at their homes.  Oh dear....

Shelly Leggett and Paul are friends who have met at the pub.  Shelly used to work there.  She now works as an animal care assistant at the Bristol Dogs and Cats Home.

She started to get tattooed nearly seven years ago but she has only recently had quite a bit added.  The bear and the tree…

Nathan's hand tattoo

Nathan Kitchen is from Bedminster in Bristol and must be the most heavily tattooed parking warden in the city.  I first met him just over a year ago as I was tying my bike to some railings near my dentist.  He was busily keeping an eye out for people parking illegally.

Although he then didn't have his neck tattooed you couldn't miss the extreme level of his ink.  I didn't catch up with him at the 2015 Bristol Tattoo Convention the following week but we bumped into each other this year in June 2016.

He had the previous day had his neck done and was about to get the palm of his left hand done.  Ouch.  This is about to begin as Mark Walker from Liverpool Bold as Brass studio gets to work. 

Why the palm of his hand?  He is going for a full body tattoo and that includes his hands so it's just part of the mission.  His legs aren't done yet, but they will be.  Plenty of time yet, he says.

Electric Ink in Bristol has done a great deal of his…