This self-illustrated man is going through a singular drawback: He’s operating out of room on the canvas of his physique.
London resident and tattoo artist Chris Woodhead has usually been getting inked since he turned 18, however the dad-to-be took his skin-deep like to the subsequent stage when he was pressured into lockdown on account of the coronavirus. We’re not speaking sleeves right here — we’re speaking head-to-toe designs.
“I began tattooing myself daily to create some type of construction to our now seemingly aimless days,” the 33-year-old fan of US punk rock tats tells The Put up. “It feels particular that my physique is evolving a lot by the method. I’ll proceed till I run out of house utterly.”
That’s not a very unfathomable second — Woodhead already had some 1,000 tattoos on the beginning of quarantine and now, greater than 40 days in, his remaining quantity of reachable virgin pores and skin is proscribed.
“Realistically, I’ve most likely received a month’s value of tattoo house left,” he tells the BBC, acknowledging that the sheer amount of tattoos appears to be like excessive.
“If I’m actually trustworthy, I look ridiculous — I seem like a bit of blue cheese,” he says. “There’s little or no house left that I can truly attain.”
He’s saving no less than just a few spots to honor his new baby. His spouse, Ema, whom he’s in isolation with, is due in July.
To offer himself construction whereas isolating, Woodhead offers himself a stick-and-poke-style tattoo each afternoon in the identical time vary, between 2 and 4 p.m. When tattoo time arrives, he has a routine of creating himself a cup of tea, placing his ink in a pot, unwrapping a needle and drawing on his flesh, he tells the BBC.
“I discovered myself puttering round, not realizing what to do and consuming all of the meals within the cabinets,” he says. “So the concept of tattooing myself daily was to present myself a little bit of route. With out construction persons are at a whole loss.”
Most of the tattoos he finally ends up drawing need to do with the pandemic, together with writing “When will it finish?” on the only real of his foot and honoring the UK’s healthcare system, the Nationwide Well being Service, on his chest. “I discover tattooing therapeutic anyway,” he says. “Proper now I’m drawing what’s on my thoughts.”