A JEWELLER who was born at Stonehenge has celebrated his heritage by getting his first tattoo.
David Rodger-Sharp, who owns the store of the identical identify in Duke Avenue, Henley, was the final child to be delivered on the prehistoric Wiltshire monument on June 25, 1984.
After returning for the primary time final yr, he wished a everlasting reminder of the event so he contacted fellow Henley resident Glenn Cuzen, who owns the High Gun Tattooing parlour in Studying.
Mr Cuzen proposed drawing the stone circle in profile alongside his proper forearm and surrounding it with an overhead view of the “ley traces” mentioned to emanate from it.
These invisible traces of power are mentioned to hyperlink Stonehenge with different websites of historic significance worldwide.
The design additionally consists of 5 hawks to signify “prog rock” band Hawkwind who had been enjoying on a close-by stage on the time Mr Rodger-Sharp was born.
It took Mr Cuzen about 4 hours to finish the tattoo and afterwards Mr Rodger-Sharp needed to wrap his arm in cling movie for 4 days to assist the therapeutic course of.
He went to the salon with Kate Tooley, who works in his store and was getting a smaller tattoo in reminiscence of a beloved one.
“It was an actual ‘let’s do it’ second,” mentioned Mr Rodger-Sharp. “Mockingly, Glenn was visiting Stonehenge on the day I rang him so felt he needed to settle for — it was as if it was destiny.
“I’ve by no means preferred tattoos so maybe this was a mid-life disaster. Stonehenge has all the time been a part of me so I didn’t assume there was a greater approach of exhibiting it off.
“Glenn did an incredible job. He has an excellent repute and that gave me the arrogance to see it by means of on the day.
“He drew it principally freehand, which was fairly unbelievable. I used to be terrified that it will be excruciatingly painful nevertheless it didn’t damage in any respect to start with and even close to the top it wasn’t all that unhealthy.
“I couldn’t consider I’d achieved it afterwards, that I’d completely marked myself like that however I did assume it was cool.
“Much more folks get tattoos today and I’m positive after I’m 70 there’ll be loads of different folks to check mine with.”
Mr Rodger-Sharp, who lives in Studying Highway, Henley, together with his husband John Rodger, will return to the salon in just a few weeks’ time to have extra shading added and likewise plans to have a smaller tattoo, a stylised rendering of a fox, drawn on his left arm.
He mentioned: “It’s true what they are saying about them being addictive — I simply need one thing on the opposite arm to steadiness it. I’d apprehensive what my husband would assume as he’s not a fan of tattoos however he’s pretty impartial and says it’s a pleasant design.
“I’m nonetheless fairly younger so I can’t make certain I gained’t remorse it in 50 years however it would all the time have that means for me. Maybe I’ll be kicking myself after I’ve needed to clarify it 1000’s of occasions. I’ve been having plenty of conversations about it within the store and it has inspired folks to point out me their very own tattoos. I don’t show mine after I’m working however I posted it on social media and other people have requested to take a look.
“Some clients observed the cling movie protruding of my sleeve and requested what tattoo I’d bought. I’d say it was my ‘maternity ward’ and so they bought very confused once they noticed it, asking why it confirmed Stonehenge. Then I’d say, ‘Nicely, let me inform you a narrative…’.”
Mr Rodger-Sharp was born six weeks untimely in the course of the Stonehenge Free Pageant, an “underground” different celebration which lasted a number of weeks. He was named after paramedic David Nobbs, who delivered him.
He was one in all solely 4 kids delivered on the occasion between 1974 and 1984 earlier than it was cancelled to forestall injury to the traditional sandstone.
He returned briefly in April final yr, then visited once more together with his associates Marie Rowe and Nicky Stevenson to rejoice the summer season solstice on June 21.
When English Heritage realized of his story, they allowed him to spend an hour among the many stones by himself earlier than the ten,000 or so revellers arrived.
Mr Rodger-Sharp’s father Nick Sharp died when he was 12 however he was planning to return this summer season together with his mom Maxine, who lives in Edinburgh, however needed to put the journey on maintain due to the coronavirus pandemic.