When you have a tattoo, you’ll often have to make a choice whether to cover them or not during certain occasions. For example if you’re faced with a boss who just doesn’t appreciate your ink. Covering up tattoos isn’t always easy, though, especially if you got the whole of your body covered in tattoo. Still, at first glance you wouldn’t be able to tell that the people on these photos are completely covered in ink.
British photographer Alan Powdrill portrayed fully tattooed people of different ages with concealing clothing and what they look like (almost) naked.
The result is interesting to say the least.
See for yourself!
“I love the fact I’m middle aged, have a professional job, am surrounded by straight people and I have ‘No Fucking Way’ tattooed on my chest” – Bill, 59
“My tattoos are part of who I am and I’ll always love my bodysuit now and when I’m 80. The love I get for what I look like is what it’s all about” – Victoria, 37
“Me mum wasn’t happy at all about the swallow on my hand so I said ‘Look mum it’s not like I’m on the street doing heroin’” – Alex, 49
“I started in 1963 when I was 14 and I don’t think I’ll ever stop” – Dave, 66
“What’s the point of worrying about the next 10-30 years, I might not be here by then so enjoy the now” – Gareth, 37
“If I ever forget who I am I take my clothes off and look in the mirror and find out who I am again” – Chris, 25
“I’m loving how they change as my body gets older and the creases and wrinkles change how they look. When I’ve got no space below my neck I’ll stop” – Ness, 40
“They’re an expression of my journey through life, as my body ages they take on a different appearance, ask me in 30 years how I feel” – Matthew, 48