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‘A tattoo a day since lockdown began’: Meet one of the most inked men in London with more than 1,000 tattoos


What did you do in your first lockdown? Learn a language, take up an instrument? How about tattoo your self each day since we first hit quarantine final 12 months?

One man from East London did precisely that.

Chris Woodhead from Walthamstow, who owns a tattoo studio – Maria Paradise in Hackney Wick – has more than 1,000 tattoos to his title and pores and skin, many of that are his personal creations.

Chris started self-isolating in March final 12 months and launched into a each day tattoo regime because it gave him one thing to do and loosen up what was a very bleak temper at the time.

He mentioned: “During a time that all of us want to remain at house it’s a bit of each day mild for individuals to take a look at and hold spirits up.

“I’m not choosy and can tattoo something on myself.”

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He kicked off his each day ink affair with a black and white star, adopted by a Covid-19 genome on his shin, then he went for a horse galloping on his higher thigh.

Chris acquired his first and most significant tattoo of a coronary heart at the age of 18 that his good friend, who handed away a couple of years later, drew for him.

He admits that now his paintings is more aesthetic than important, however he doesn’t remorse any of the tattoos.

Hand poking is the methodology utilized by a lot of licensed tattoo artists together with Chris, and it includes preparation, precision and deftness with a needle to tattoo oneself.

“Self tattooing is hard in some locations however I discover it very therapeutic,” he added.

“The most excessive and painful tattoos I’ve executed thus far are the palms of my fingers and the sole of my foot.”

His sole tattoo reads, ‘When will it finish?’.

Chris stopped his each day ink pursuit when he reached self-isolation tattoo quantity 100.

Well, he mentioned he stopped at 100, however instructed My London that he nonetheless tattoos himself right here and there, definitely not ending his ardour and thanked everybody for his or her assist.

Chris mentioned: “I’d say I’m up there with most tattooed particular person. I’ve utterly coated my legs since lockdown.”

On his enterprise he admitted how horrible it has been since his parlour was closed down till additional discover, and he was getting by utilizing his financial savings and promoting bits of artwork.

He added: “I completely can’t wait to open once more – this final lockdown has been not possible on individuals.”

Here are a few of his tattoos up shut (all photograph credit go to Chris Woodhead).