I’m not someone who’s seriously into tattoos. I don’t want one, and I don’t find them particularly appealing. Yet the culture around body art has only gotten more mainstream and popular in recent years, and nowadays it feels like you have to look really hard to find someone who hasn’t ever been inked before. Maybe in the future everyone will have one? Who knows?
But even I, as naive and unschooled as I am about tattoos, know that its an art where originality is valued and tackiness deeply abhorred. Its why derisive terms like “tramp stamp” have entered our colloquial lexicon, to describe body art that’s perceived as being gauche or unsophisticated. In their endless quest to attain a tattoo that’s utterly unique, enthusiasts have gone to more and more extreme lengths to modify themselves. Some people cover their entire skin in tattoos, in a process that’s halfway between a ritual and an addiction. Others employ facial tattoos and creepy markings in order to give themselves a frightening, intimidating appearance. There are some people who see tattoos as a way of telling a visual joke, and use their body as a means of delivering a punchline of sorts. Is it worth it? Probably not. But is it often hilarious? Absolutely. This week however we’ve managed to learn about what might just be the weirdest, and funniest tattoo ever devised. A truck driver from the North of England has posted images of his new self-devised tattoo on social media, and it really deserved to be looked at twice. You’ll either laugh out loud or do a double-take when you see this dude shirtless. Cumbrian truckerKenny Ollerenshaw decided to go big or go home with his weird chest tattoo, which makes it look like his head is gigantic and attached to a tiny shrunken half-naked body which is seemingly driving a go-kart … wow.Let’s all pause and take a moment out of your lives to appreciate what I had to write just now. The 36-year-old father-of-one, who hails from Silloth, says that he loves his “interactive” tattoo because it moves along with him. The body art took four hours to finish, and apparently Kenny’s young son loves it. “He thought it was cool but I wasn’t expecting it to go viral, it’s all gone a bit mad and my son has told my mum that I’m famous,” he stated. “I keep looking at it in the mirror and thinking it’s just crazy. You should see what happens when I tense my pecs. My family are all on board with it. The way I look at it is if people don’t like it then they don’t have to wear it.” TattooistRichard Batey, the man responsible for the tattoo, stated, “It’s the first of its kind in the world. I have a good mechanical understanding from working in the car industry. When Kenny came in he was up for having this done as a chest piece. The result is just the start. There’s a long way to go.” Batey added, “It has 1.1 million views and 2million likes on Facebook – and it isn’t even finished yet. It’s what I’d call an interactive tattoo and it’s more of a shocker than anything else. It’s got the ability to make an entire room of people smile and laugh and get them talking.” He’s got a point there, but all I’m saying is that I wouldn’t have it done to me. Would you?
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