MEET the self-proclaimed ‘daddy’s girl’ who spent £15,000 covering over 90 per cent of her body in ink – all in a bid to be like her dad.
Nadine Anderson, from Dundee, has always been fascinated by tattoos and body modifications and has gone to painstaking lengths to achieve her look.
The self-professed ‘daddy’s girl’, 23, says that the inspiration came from her own father whose tattoo covered arms fascinated her growing up.
As she got older, Nadine says she wanted to be like her dad and when she turned 18 she wasted no time in booking her first tattoo - a tree of life on her forearm.
Nadine, a care assistant, said that the addiction was instantaneous and within a month she was back in the studio for more ink. Her first black out tattoo came two years later.
She said: “I’ve always wanted tattoos. I was constantly looking at Pinterest forums and stuff looking at new tattoo styles that were coming out and body modifications, deciding how I wanted to look when I was eighteen.
“My dad had two sleeves when I was growing up and I always wanted them. I got into tattoos growing up always with the aim of getting them and then when I was eighteen, I went for it.
“I was the classic daddy’s girl growing up, and seeing my dad covered in that I always knew I wanted to be like him and have all that kind of stuff.
“As I grew up my interest in tattoos piqued more and more through the years until I was eventually, I hit eighteen and legally allowed to get a tattoo.
“I discussed my first tattoo with my dad, and he supported my decision he was like, ‘as long as you’re sure you want to do it’ so I went and booked my first tattoo with my dad.”
Over the last five years Nadine’s look has evolved, adding numerous piercings, scarification on her head, and a split tongue - which she flew over to Germany to have done due to laws in the UK that prevent piercing parlours from carrying out the procedure.
She says she’s lost count of how many tattoos she has as they all now make up her ‘body suit’ and have morphed into one large piece.
But she reckons 90 per cent of her body is covered in ink and she’s not quite finished yet.
Nadine said: “I’ve spent about £15,000. I’ve lost count how many there are. I don’t count them individually as they make one whole bodysuit."
"I would say 90 per cent of my body is covered. It’s just my feet I need to tattoo now.
“I get people who are inquisitive and want to know my motivations, people who congratulate me on having the confidence to be me, and then people who instantly give the horrible looks and comments."Nadine Anderson
“I think I would add a little bit more under my right eye because there’s spaces I want to fill up eventually.
"But that’s all I would probably add is just a little tiny piece on it because I think I’ve got quite a lot on it now.
“You can still tell what my features are like naturally, and I wouldn’t want to take away from that because I think that’s the beauty of that tattoo.”
Nadine’s extreme look hasn’t fazed her family and friends and Nadine loves how her look has evolved - but some people are not so accepting.
She added: “Some [friends and family] think I’m crazy, but I’ve always spoke about being covered at the end of the day, I’m still Nadine and they still love me. If anything, I’m just more me.
“I get people who are inquisitive and want to know my motivations, people who congratulate me on having the confidence to be me, and then people who instantly give the horrible looks and comments.
“It’s kind of stereotypical thing that if they don’t get it they’ll want to put it down, or if it’s not their cup of tea they won’t want to look at your motivations for it.
“It doesn’t faze me because when you go off on a journey that’s purely about what you want to do there’s always going to be someone not happy about it."
“They say things like ‘you’ve ruined your life’, ‘you can’t be employed’ and ‘you’ll regret this in forty years’ blah blah blah.
"But at the end of the day I’m fully employed, I’ve paid for every single tattoo out of my own wage, I’ve got my own flat and honestly I live a very normal life.
“If I’d covered myself in a bunch of offensive work, then I deserve all of that, but you can’t really be offended by art."
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“It’s never stopped anything for me. I personally think it only stops what you allow it to stop.”
But Nadine urged caution for others thinking about extreme boy art, saying: “I’m happy to give my advice about aftercare for tattoos.
“But if they’re ever like ‘I want a blackout sleeve but I’m don’t know if I should’ then I always answer ’no’ because I think the moment you have an uncertainty then you shouldn’t do it.
"Chances are it’s permanent, unless you have to go through all the lasering and stuff, and it’s not worth it if you’re going to regret it in the end or just jumping on some bandwagon.”