Tammy Wells, aka the “Briscoes girl” has been immortalised in ink on LJ Dobbin’s leg. Photograph / Provided
By Whakatane Beacon
Everyone knows and love Tammy Wells, aka the “Briscoes girl”.
For over three a long time, she has been a outstanding power on New Zealand tv screens however there should not many individuals who would dare to immortalise her within the type of a tattoo.
Wealthy Nielsen, of Collective Tattoo Parlour in Whakatāne, painted a portrait of the Briscoes girl about two years in the past.
Final month, after a full-day reserving cancellation, he determined he needed to see her transferred from paper to pores and skin and knew who he needed to ink her on – Radio 1XX breakfast host LJ Dobbin.
“LJ is a psycho,” he stated.
“I assumed ‘she’s psycho sufficient to get that tattooed on her’. She has an entire Kiwiana leg happening too, so it simply match.”
Dobbin was completely satisfied to oblige however the last-minute call-up did imply she was ill-dressed for the event.
“He needed to minimize my tights, as a result of I did not know I used to be getting a tattoo that day and I dwell out in Ōpōtiki,” she stated.
“Pulling my tights up simply wasn’t taking place and there have been different folks in [the parlour] so I wasn’t going to take a seat in my lingerie.
“So, I stated to him ‘you are going to have to chop my tights’, and he stated ‘aw, I really feel like an ambo’.”
Kiwiana is necessary to Dobbin and he or she likes to have Kiwi-centric tattoos that imply one thing to her quite than the “previous Buzzy Bee and Vegemite”.
On the again of the identical leg, she has a portrait of Billy T James, tattooed by Nielsen. She additionally has a New Zealand flag tattoo and a to-do checklist that features Tangaroa and the Footrot Flats crew.
Nielsen has a ardour for tattooing “bizarre stuff that makes folks snicker” and his tattoo of Newshub journalist Patrick Gower saw him make national headlines last year.
Now, he’s busy finishing a “365 Days of Flash” tattoo problem on Instagram, the place he paints a day by day tattoo flash design and uploads it, with “heaps of bizarre issues on there” for others to take pleasure in.
Dobbin is completely satisfied along with her new tatt.
“I’ve had a couple of tattoos from Wealthy now,” she stated. “He is an actual onerous case; he is all the time up for snicker and a yarn.
“I absolutely suggest The Collective in Whakatāne, we’re fairly fortunate to have such wonderful artists and such nice folks as effectively. They do an terrible lot for the neighborhood via fundraising too. For instance, they did numerous nice issues to fundraise for Apanui College after their fireplace.”
The appreciation is mutual.
“It is all the time nice having LJ within the store,” Nielsen stated.
“You simply get entertained on a regular basis. On that day, we had three entertaining women within the store, so it was only a actually good time.”
He hopes to tattoo extra bizarre and enjoyable Kiwiana designs sooner or later.