WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- To keep his structure during the lockdown, a London resident finds tattoos as a way to cope up.
- The tattoo artist said he had more than a thousand tattoos before the quarantine started, and forty days after, space is getting limited.
- Most of his recent tattoos symbolize the situation amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
A self-tattooing man finds himself on a unique situation amidst coronavirus, and now he’s running out of space of where to put his next illustrations.
Chris Woodhead, a tattoo artist, currently living in London, has started regularly having inks in his body since he was 18. Still, he never expected that his love with the art would be taken to a higher level when the coronavirus lockdown restriction has started.
Woodhead’s inclination toward the art was not just limited now to sleeves, but the ink is now going from head to toe.
The 33-year old told the Post that he started inking himself every day to have some direction amidst the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic. A fan of US punk rock designs, Woodhead added that he thinks his body is transforming over the process, and he will only stop should he run out of space in his body.
The soon to be a father already had around 1,000 tattoos before the start of stay at home orders, and as of now, no less than 40 days into the quarantine, he has now a limited reachable skin.
The tattoo designer also told BBC that the remaining canvas in his body should be used up within the next 30 days, noting that what tattoo he had now might be considered an extreme case.
Woodhead further acknowledges that he may look outrageous, even comparing his appearance to a bit of blue cheese.
But he also said that the remaining few areas in his skin is for his new baby, which is due to be born in July. Woodhead was in isolation with his pregnant wife, Ema.
To keep himself occupied during the lockdown, Woodhead tattoos himself by a single needle style method between 2 to 4 p.m everyday.
He told the BBC that his routine every afternoon is having a cup of tea first, then setting the ink on a pot. He then proceeds to unpack the needle and starts designing his skin.
Woodhead remarked that without having so much to do or sense of direction while on a quarantine, people would find themselves with anxiety, and tattoo for him is his structure.
His latest tattoos, meanwhile, mostly mirrors what’s happening during the outbreak. One design his foot’s sole asks when will the health crisis end, while another tattoo inked in his chest gives tribute to the National Health Service, UK’s healthcare system.
Woodhead also finds the art as therapeutic, a reflection of what’s on the artist’s mind.
Source: New York Post