Brave People Reveal Their Private Tattoos
These brave people reveal their private tattoos and show the whole world what they have been hiding underneath their clothes. British photographer Alan Powdrill created this unique photo series entitled ‘COVERED’.
He spent months searching for the right models and you can imagine that this process was not easy, having to convince complete strangers to reveal their secret and private tattoos. He had to figure out everything, starting from how to approach his subjects, the place where they would feel the most comfortable when being photographed and many other small actions that require the most rigorous attention.
The people he managed to convince to be a part of his project are absolutely unique. Each one has his own different story to tell. Each one more powerful than the other. The art of inking has witnessed several generations and Alan managed to capture all of them on camera.
1. Graham, 58, Cleethorpes
“I was 51 when I started and my father was already dead and my mum didn’t say anything as she was in the early stages of dementia”
2. Victoria, 37, Coventry
“My tattoos are part of who I am and I’ll always love my bodysuit now and when I’m 80. The love I get for what I look like is what it’s all about.”
3. Alex, 49, Whitby
“Me mum wasn’t happy at all about the swallow on my hand so I said ‘Look mum it’s not like I’m on the street doing heroin”
4. Stefano, 33, London
“I love every inch of my skin but I love my back most because I’ve been waiting for 17 years to get it done, and its exactly how I wanted it.”
5. Lillianna, 23, Hackney
“I don’t feel my opinion will change on my tattoos, I doubt I’ll have any regrets regardless of my age.”
6. Unsal, 46, Hastings
“I’m beyond the stopping point now. It f#cking hurts like shit man but I wouldn’t change my look for the world.”
7. Stuart, 22, Bromley
“I was 14 and my mum tried to wash it off. I’ll stop whenever I die, everything I want to remember gets tattooed on me.”