A woman has paid almost $30,000 to cover 90 per cent of her body in tattoos – all in a bid to be like her dad.
Nadine Anderson, a 23-year-old care assistant from Dundee, Scotland, has always been fascinated by tattoos and body modifications and has gone to painstaking lengths to achieve her look.
The self-professed “daddy’s girl” said the inspiration came from her own father, whose tattoo-covered arms fascinated her growing up.
“My dad had two sleeves when I was growing up and I always wanted them.
“As I grew up my interest in tattoos piqued more and more through the years until I was eventually 18 and legally allowed to get a tattoo.
“I discussed my first tattoo with my dad, and he supported my decision he was like, ‘as long as you’re sure you want to do it’ so I went and booked my first tattoo with my dad,” she said.
Ms Anderson’s first tattoo was a tree of life on her forearm.
Over the last five years Nadine’s look has evolved.
She said the addiction was instantaneous and within a month she was back in the tattoo studio for more tattoos. Her first black out tattoo came two years later when she was 20.
As well as the black-out tattoo, she also has numerous piercings, scarification on her head, and a split tongue, which she flew over to Germany to have done due to laws in the UK that prevent piercing parlours from carrying out the procedure.
Ms Anderson said she’s lost count of how many tattoos she has as they all now make up her ‘body suit’ and have morphed into one large piece.
She claims that 90 per cent of her body is covered in ink and she’s not quite finished yet - despite already spending more than 28,000 so far.
“I think I would add a little bit more under my right eye because there’s spaces I want to fill up eventually, but that’s all I would probably add, just a little tiny piece on it because I think I’ve got quite a lot on it now.
“You can still tell what my features are like naturally, and I wouldn’t want to take away from that because I think that’s the beauty of that tattoo,” she said.
Nadine’s extreme look hasn’t phased her family and friends, however, she says some people are not so accepting.
“Some (friends and family) think I’m crazy, but I’ve always spoke about being covered at the end of the day, I’m still Nadine and they still love me. If anything, I’m just more me,” she said.
“I get people who are inquisitive and want to know my motivations, people who congratulate me on having the confidence to be me, and then people who instantly give the horrible looks and comments.
“They say things like, ‘you’ve ruined your life’, ‘you can’t be employed’ and ‘you’ll regret this in forty years’ blah blah blah, but at the end of the day I’m fully employed, I’ve paid for every single tattoo out of my own wage, no one’s ever paid for them, I’ve got my own flat and honestly I live a very normal life.”
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