FORMER kitchen porter, Jo Rand, 29 from Thurrock Essex, ended up with a tattoo resembling a child’s crayon drawing and was forced to hide her hands because she was so traumatised.
Mum to Logan, 9, and Hunter, 2, Jo lives with partner, Ryan Caring, 29, a lorry driver, here she spoke to Fabulous about her traumatic ordeal.
As a mum of two children I am someone who likes subtle tattoos with special meaning. They have been my way of paying tribute to people in my life.
I have eleven tattoos and got my first one when I was 15 years old. It’s a butterfly and a heart on my back to remember a friend who had passed away.
I also have delicate hearts on my fingers which represent the love of my partner and family.
In October last year I decided to get a daisy tattoo spreading across my thumb and hand. It’s my son Logan’s birth flower.
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I took the tattooist a picture of the inking I wanted him to replicate – it required very thin lines and delicate shading.
It cost me £50 but after it was finished I burst into tears.
Because of the delicate work of art I hoped for, I was left with what looked like a kid’s crayon drawing.
When I got home I couldn’t stop looking at it – I felt so shocked.
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I’d followed all the rules, showing the tattooist the exact tattoo I wanted and pre-checked their work.
For the next four weeks I was constantly pulling my sleeve over my thumb to hide the tattoo.
Then, over Christmas, the tattoo became infected because I was constantly hiding it under my pulled down sleeves and with gloves when it should’ve been left open to air.
It was agony.
Now it’s recovered but I still hate it.
And because it is on my thumb and hand it’s not something I can hide easily.
I tried to cover it with makeup but it doesn’t work well – especially as, because of covid, I’m regularly washing them.
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Now people have insulted it, they ask if I’ve drawn on my hand or if the kids have been at it with felt tips while I’m sleeping.
I have a popular TikTok account and use my hands a lot when I am talking.
I’ve been trolled for my tattoo.
My followers know I have other tattoos and as a mum they called me out for getting one that was bad.
So, I decided to use the trolls and ask their advice.
A couple suggested a specialist tattoo shop in Colchester run by women for women.
It’s called the Pastel Palace. It has a safe space for people who are worried about getting tattoos.
They did a daisy on my other arm exactly like the picture I chose.
I am now having the dodgy daisy covered up with a multi-shaded feather – it’ll end up costing £150.
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