Yesterday, on 29th December 2015, my son, Dave, inked my skin for the fourth and final time. It was his birthday present to me for my 60th, which I celebrated two weeks ago. I have always planned to have four.
The latest is my clan badge. The maternal side of my family are from the Chisholm clan. My grandmother and her sisters were the last generation of crofters in our family to live near Bonar Bridge in Sutherland, before they moved south to the Fair City of Perth in the 1930s. I am proud of that history and heritage. The badge is now permanently emblazoned on my left thigh.
In size and position, my latest tattoo balances with my first tattoo on my right thigh, which perfectly captures my entire family heritage. It depicts the white rose of Yorkshire for my father and the purple thistle of Scotland for my mother. The two flowers are entwined and grow out of the Celtic knots of Britain which represent the interconnectedness of life and eternity.
My other two tattoos are my regimental badge, Royal Engineers, on my upper right arm, and the badge of the football team that I have supported for almost fifty years, Dundee United, on my upper left arm.
Dave is very talented. He is the principal tattooist at the new Scream’n Ink studio in Romsey, Hampshire. If you’re in the area and you fancy getting some class art on your skin, give him a call and discuss your requirements. He is very creative and specialises in portraits, 3D and fantasy art. View the contact details and his gallery at www.screamnink.co (site created by myself).
And please let me know what you think of my fearsome four!