Bodyshockers: My Tattoo Hell is the first of I believe three shocking documentaries on Channel 4 focusing on body modification, the second focuses on piercings and then the third and final documentary goes back to tattoos.
Tattoo’s are never perceived in a positive light it seems, previously Channel 4 had a show focusing on poorly executed tattoos and tattoos done abroad on drunk holiday makers, why can they not focus on credible artists for a change?
Katie Piper meets different people with tattoo regrets ranging from a new mom to a Johnny Depp impersonator, the most shocking tattoo of the show to me was one on a mans eyelid, what a strange and painful place for a tattoo! This man purely got the tattoo to out stage his brother who has a camel tattooed on his toe, the man in questioning had ‘Japs’ tattooed on his eyelid with is just bad taste and racist. He claimed to have gotten it whilst on a drunk night out not thinking about his decision, what the show didn’t highlight it that it is illegal to tattoo somebody under the influence. He takes the painful and dangerous route of tattoo removal.
New mom Merlissa had a large chest piece done to rebel against her grandparents, at the tender age of 16! Again not mentioned on the show that this is again illegal. Getting a tattoo for the shock factor is never a good idea, Merlissa undertakes the decision to have the piece removed as she feels self conscious around other mothers at they playground, she states it was part of her past and no longer wants the piece as a reminder, this is why tattoos should have large amounts of thought put into them before they are inked permanently.
I don’t want to detail the whole show as it is worth a watch so i’ll leave you with the trailer! Documentary is available on 4OD
*images from Google