Nadine Anderson, 23, grew up idolizing her father’s ink.
“My dad had two sleeves when I was growing up and I always wanted them,” the girl from Dundee, Scotland, informed the New York Post.
Anderson says she spent years “constantly looking at Pinterest forums” for brand spanking new tattoo types and physique modifications to “decide how I wanted to look when I turned 18.” And as quickly as Anderson, who works as a well being care assistant, reached the authorized age, she obtained a “tree of life” tattoo on her forearm.
“I discussed my first tattoo with my dad, and he supported my decision, [saying], ‘As long as you’re sure you want to do it.’ So I went and booked my first tattoo with my dad,” she stated, the New York Submit reported.
For the reason that age of 18, Anderson has continued to get tattoos, growing her protection to 90 p.c of her physique, by her personal estimate.
“Some [friends and family] think I’m crazy, but I’ve always [spoken] about being covered [so] at the end of the day, I’m still Nadine and they still love me. If anything, I’m just more me,” she stated, including that she’s spent round $19,400 on her present “whole bodysuit” of tattoos.
Anderson says she’s notably keen on blackout tattoos – the place giant components of pores and skin are coated utterly with darkish, black ink – and desires so as to add “a little bit more under [her] right eye because there’s spaces.” However even amid all that, she nonetheless desires individuals to have the ability to inform what she appears like.
“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.”
The younger lady isn’t involved about presumably regretting her tattoos, or her a number of piercings, or her break up tongue, or the scarification (a physique modification achieved by way of scarring the pores and skin) which she had performed on her head.
“They say things like, ‘You’ve ruined your life’, ‘You can’t be employed’ and ‘You’ll regret this in 40 years,’ blah blah blah, but at the end of the day I’m fully employed,” she says. “I’ve paid for every single tattoo out of my own wages, no one’s ever paid for them. I’ve got my own flat and honestly I live a very normal life.”