Body art: Colorfully tattooed people with and without clothing

Tattoos are so commonplace nowadays that they are no longer cause for embarrassment; they need not be hidden away from the prowling eyes of employers or future parents-in-law. Despite this, many people who have tattoos still prefer to conceal their body art perhaps so as to avoid being viewed in a certain way.

From the outside, it's almost impossible to say what sort of a lifestyle an individual leads or what true character lies beneath his or her clothing. British photographer, Alan Powdrill has brought to light some hidden body art. His series of photographs features two images of each person: one where they're covered head-to-toe in clothing, and the other where they're fully exposing their tattoos.

"Can't say what age I'll stop. While there's still space to fill, it'll get filled. I don't think my attitude will ever change." (Michelle, 53)

"I was 14 and my mum said if I get another one she'd kick me out of the house." (Simon, 45)

"I was 17. I hid the first few from my parents for many years and by the time they found out they knew this was going to be my life." (Philip, 27)

"My tattoos are part of who I am and I'll always love my bodysuit now and when I'm 80. The love I get for what I look like is what it's all about." (Victoria, 37)

"I love the fact I'm middle aged, have a professional job, am surrounded by straight people and I have ‘No F****** Way' tattooed on my chest." (Bill, 59)

"I started in 1963 when I was 14 and I don't think I'll ever stop." (Dave, 66)

Very impressive — and all seemed to have aged well. If a picture is worth a thousand words, just imagine what stories the skin of these people have to tell...


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