X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos and boyfriend, Danny Simpson recently underscored their love with a trip to the local tattoo studio. Closer to home, Deirdre Cashion talks to tattoo fans about their passionate love of body art.
Tattoos are no longer the preserve of the celebrity footballer, pervasive pop princess, criminal overlord or street junkie. People of all ages and from all walks of life are decorating their bodies, inspired by fashionable trends or by their own artistic creativity and life experience.
Some spend years working towards a full body-suit; a multi-coloured, intricate canvas of narrative art with skulls, serpents, script and a host of religious imagery. Others opt for a discreetly-placed, subtle symbol of love or loss – a constant, visual reminder of a time of emotional upheaval in their lives. Read more