The paintings masking a lot of the highest half of Chris Dick’s physique is all about household.
The Dunedin immigration adviser (44) has an unlimited array of interconnecting tattoos spanning each arms, his again, and his chest.
His tattoos symbolize his household and, together with his spouse being Vietnamese, the work had an oriental facet to it.
“There’s a whole lot of Vietnamese, the Vietnamese flowers and issues occurring.”
He had a dragon, as a result of he was born within the Chinese language Yr of the Dragon, and a tiger, a monkey, and a pig, which represented the Chinese language years wherein his three sons and his spouse have been born.
On his again was a phoenix, which he appreciated as a result of it fitted properly with the opposite work.
He first bought some tattoos performed in his late teenagers, however, he identified, “they have been a bit s…”.
About 18 months in the past, he determined it was the best time to get some new work that was extra household oriented.
He bought his left arm performed first, however then determined the opposite arm additionally wanted doing to steadiness it up.
“Then it was like ‘Effectively, you’ve bought the arms performed, it’s possible you’ll as properly get the chest performed’.
“Then it’s like ‘Effectively, the again appears to be like a bit empty. The place does it cease, I don’t know.”
He will get his work performed by Chris Downing, of Loopy Horse Tattoos.
“Chris [Downing] does the type I like, he’s just about the one one which does the type I like. I find it irresistible. That’s why I maintain coming again.”
He thinks he has in all probability spent about 50 hours getting inked, together with one marathon 11 hour session.
To deal with the ache, he repeats the mantra “the ache goes, the ink stays”.
As for any future work, that’s up within the air.
“By no means say by no means.”