FOR most people, tattoos are deeply personal and often a tribute to a loved one or happy time in their lives.
But for Sarah-Jane Howell, her dozens of inkings have an even more poignant meaning than most.
The mum started getting more tattoos after beating her drug addiction[/caption]
She’s been slowly getting more tattoos over the past eight years[/caption]
Speaking to the Daily Star, the 26-year-old – who shares glimpses of her tattoos on her TikTok account – said she got her first piece of body art when she was 18.
But the mum really took it up a notch when she beat her drug addiction a year and a half ago.
She explained: “Drugs are a way to escape reality and when I stopped doing them I got more tattoos because I obviously had more money and time.”
In the past eight years, Sarah-Jane has got everything from her daughter’s name and date of birth to “love is pain” inked on her body.
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She recently got a butterfly tattooed on her cheek to cover up an inking of a crying angel.
Sarah-Jane said: “At first I was a bit concerned about walking the street publicly and what people would think. But after a week I got used to it and now I forget I have them to be honest.”
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In the past 18 months, the mum says she’s had so many new inkings that she’s forgotten how many she has in total.
But her eye-catching face tattoos also means Sarah-Jane also has to put up with unwanted comments from members of the public.
She continued: “I get stared at and stopped a lot and I had a woman last week who pulled me and asked what my trauma was.
“I usually give a sarcastic answer and I told her it was childhood trauma and she said ‘oh I can see that and I really hope you get better’ and I was like ‘cheers!’”
Sarah-Jane says she is often stared at in public[/caption]
Determined not to let other people’s opinions bother her, Sarah-Jane added: “I just have a laugh with it.”
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