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.
Frome Tattoo Convention 2017
I drove just over an hour to a small tattoo convention in the Somerset town of Frome. It is the home of 26,000 people and is bold in organising an event like this. I think the principal organiser is Jo Black https://www.facebook.com/MissJoBlackTattoos
Adrianna Urban is the manager of Southmead Tattoo studio and has lived in Bristol for only 7 months. She aspires to have a full body suit but no ink on her face and head.
James Mills was taking a huge tattoo step in getting his head and part of his face tattooed. He's from Glastonbury and works in his father's business.
I enjoyed, as is my wont, getting my face painted with a moko. This was done by Ember from Painted People www.painted-people.co.uk. It took him very little time to complete the job. He is so skilled. I didn't get my neck done because I knew I was not staying late into the day and so thought perhaps it wasn't worth the extra cost. A decision I now regret. At some point in the future I will ask him to do a much bigger job.
There were only a handful of tattooists there and a very good piercer (Pin Cushion Body Piercing) plus some tattoo goods and jewellery stalls. Two well known tattooed glamour models were selling their photos too. I had a really good time, but am not sure how this event is going to survive. There were very few out and out tattoo crazies like me at the convention.
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.