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How many different tattooists have I been tattooed by?

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The blog I wrote recently about inspiring tattoo enthusiast, Brett, got me thinking…

How many different tattooists have touched my skin with their needles over the years? How many tattoos did I have in total? As I glance down at my colourful body, I guess as all the evidence is there… it’s not difficult to work out! I thought it would be nice to share their names with you all.

This is a great challenge for me! I’ve got a brew, I’m sat tight, I’m ready. Let’s trace my tattoo history, let’s document a colourful chronology.

I’d love to hear about and feature your own tattoo journeys on Inkluded. Email me if you’d like to share yours: beccy@inkluded.co.uk

Here goes…
(search their names in the search box at the top of the site to read more about these artists and/or my tattoo experiences with them!)

  1. Unknown Artist, Unknown Studio, Preston = Ankh symbol
  2. Ian, Aurora Tattoo, Lancaster = Taurus symbol
  3. Ian, Aurora Tattoo, Lancaster = Rose
  4. Ian, Aurora Tattoo, Lancaster = Shakespeare quote
  5. Unknown Artist, Unknown Studio, Stratford-upon-Avon = Greek quote
  6. Adam Frame, Shakespeare Ink, Stratford-upon-Avon = Black and grey roses
  7. Adam Frame, Shakespeare Ink, Stratford-upon-Avon = Tulip and Foo Fighters quote
  8. Adam Frame, Shakespeare Ink, Stratford-upon-Avon = Rose paisley cuff (Greek quote cover-up)
  9. Adam Frame, Shakespeare Ink, Stratford-upon-Avon = Paisley heart
  10. Adam Frame, Shakespeare Ink, Stratford-upon-Avon = Roses and leaves (re-worked and re-coloured since)
  11. Adam Frame, Shakespeare Ink, Stratford-upon-Avon = Mandala
  12. Adam Frame, Shakespeare Ink, Stratford-upon-Avon = Suger skull
  13. Adam Frame, Shakespeare Ink, Stratford-upon-Avon = Foo Fighters quote
  14. Alex Rhodes, Olde Times Tattoo, Birmingham = Traditional roses
  15. Alex Rhodes, Olde Times Tattoo, Birmingham = Pagan witch and tarot card
  16. Charles Wicks-Stephens, Diamond Jacks, Soho = Traditional heart
  17. Dave Condon, Dharma Tattoo, London = Bubble girl
  18. Dave Condon, Dharma Tattoo, London = Foo Fighters F symbol
  19. Adam Thomas, Marked One = Art palette
  20. Alice Perrin (Tattoo Fixers) = Heart pattern (not a cover-up)
  21. Paula Castle, Broadside Tattoo, Swansea = Mandala flowers
  22. Paula Castle, Broadside Tattoo, Swansea = Salem cat
  23. Paula Castle, Broadsise Tattoo, Swansea = Back To The Future cat
  24. Stephanie Melbourne, The Square Tattoo Studio, Solihull = Coffin
  25. Stephanie Melbourne, The Square Tattoo Studio, Solihull = Las Vegas sign
  26. Stephanie Melbourne, The Square Tattoo Studio, Solihull = Lavender
  27. Isobel Juliet Stevenson, Second City Tattoo Club, Birmingham = Moon heart balloon
  28. Emma Garrard, Living Art Collective, Bournemouth = Pentagram and element symbols
  29. Mike Love, Brothers Ink H.Q., Leicester = Crystal heart handpoked
  30. Mike Love, Brothers Ink H.Q., Leicester = R letters handpoked
  31. Mike Love, Brothers Ink H.Q., Leicester = Dots handpoked
  32. Mike Love, Brothers Ink H.Q., Leicester = Anatomical heart handpoked
  33. Mike Love, Brothers Ink H.Q., Leicester = Peace hand sign handpoked
  34. Ryan Ousley, Songbird Tattoo, Exeter = Barbados imagery
  35. Fiona Hambleton, Vivid Ink, Moseley = Pumpkin
  36. Keely Rutherford, Jolie Rouge, London = Blackpool imagery
  37. Dan Metcalfe, The Parlour Tattoos, Warwick = 12 symbols
  38. Lady Chappelle, Steele and Ink Tattoos, Birmingham = Watercolour Disney Pocahontas
  39. Hannya Jayne, O’ Happy Dagger Tattoo, Amersham = Heart
  40. Lydia Amor, Sakura Tattoo, Leicester = Dots handpoked

There we have it. 40 tattoos. 21 artists.

3 Foo Fighters references, 7 hearts and a fuck ton of roses. Yeah, pretty much represents my personality, I’d say!

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At first, as a new-found tattoo snob (I mean, writer), I sneer at some of my early tattoo decisions. Quotes and symbols from unknown artists and studios I knew nothing about?! Tattoos that subsequently were covered?! What an un-educated, dumb-ass cliché. But, no. I’m not going to judge myself, I’m not going to judge any of you. Sometimes we make great tattoo decisions, sometimes we invest less consideration.

Do I regret my mistakes? Is that an oxymoron? Who cares… Keep learning, keep moving forward, keep wearing art.

FUCK, DID I FORGET ANYONE?!

Beccy Rimmer - Women With Tattoos

Beccy Rimmer – Women With Tattoos

Beccy Rimmer - Women With Tattoos

Beccy Rimmer – Women With Tattoos

Beccy Rimmer - Women With Tattoos

Beccy Rimmer – Women With Tattoos

Beccy Rimmer - Women With Tattoos

Beccy Rimmer – Women With Tattoos

Beccy Rimmer - Women With Tattoos

Beccy Rimmer – Women With Tattoos

Beccy Rimmer - Women With Tattoos

Beccy Rimmer – Women With Tattoos


“Tattoo-wearers know what we all feel within,
But they take a brave move, and wear it on their skin.”
We Are Collectors – A Poem by Inkluded

Words & Images: Beccy Rimmer

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