YOU wouldn’t have an ink-ling of the designs beneath these people’s clothes.
They are among 40 tattoo fans snapped by London-based photographer Alan Powdrill, 49, for his project COVERED. More than a fifth of Brits have gone under the needle – catapulting the number of UK tattoo parlours from 300 to 2,000 in 20 years. See more of Alan’s work at alanpowdrill.com.
Izzy Nash, 48, from Maidstone
48-year-old Izzy Nash is a hair and makeup artist from Maidstone.
She gushed: "I love being different. Every day I’m asked about them and always get a positive reaction."
Graham Platts, 58, from Cleethorpes
Graham Platts, 58, is a police support worker from Cleethorpes.
He said: "I was 51 when I started. My parents wouldn't let me have one as a teen."
Kimmy Clancy, 29, from Ruislip
Kimmy Clancy is a sales assistant from Ruislip, West London.
Kimmy, 29, said: "My Kiss tattoos show my dedication to the band."
Chris Berte, 25, from Coventry
Sky-diving instructor Chris Berte, 25, from Coventry, said his tattoos serve as a reminder of his personality.
He said: "If I ever forget who I am, I take my clothes off and look in the mirror."
Simon Carruth, 62, from London
62-year-old Simon Carruth is a charity worker from London.
He crooned of his tattoos: "They are beautiful and I'll always feel the same. I love them."
Victoria Clarke, 37, from Coventry
Victoria Clarke, 37, is a dog beautician from Coventry.
She said: "I'll always love my bodysuit - now and when I'm 80."
Michelle Lait, 53, Cleethorpes
53-year-old Michelle is a charity worker from Cleethorpes.
She said: "While there's still space to fill, I will get it filled."