Been there, done that, loved it, got the tat­too!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View - By Bess Brown­ing

An Amer­i­can tourist who fell in love with Kent has taken home a per­ma­nent sou­venir of her trip – the logo of a fam­ily at­trac­tion tat­tooed on her arm.

Sara Nell, 30, from Mary­land, was so en­am­oured with Bad­gers Hill Farm in Chil­ham that she just had to have an ink­ing of its em­blem.

She popped into Zink Stu­dios in the Can­ter­bury High Street and they were happy to oblige with her un­usual re­quest.

Sara was vis­it­ing her fa­ther, Scott, who moved to Can­ter­bury 20 years ago, and is de­lighted with the re­sult.

“The first time I came to Can­ter­bury I was in love with the city and luck­ily for me my fa­ther wound up liv­ing there,” she said. “This time, I was there for three weeks and the trip was just as mag­i­cal as my first.

“Bad­gers Hill Farm is one of my favourite places in Can­ter­bury. I adore farms and can al­ways con­vince my fa­ther to have a cof­fee with me in their cafe, so we go pretty of­ten.

“Bad­gers in Bri­tish folk­lore are of­ten sym­bolic of the be­gin­ning of spring and, as I am en­ter­ing my 30s, there is a sense of en­ter­ing a new sea­son of my life.

“What means more than the tat­too, as a pic­ture and sym­bol, is the feel­ing it gives.

“It re­minds me of a place that has re­ally be­gun to feel like home to me.”

Sara was tat­tooed by Finn Guthrie, who com­pleted the ink­ing within 45 min­utes.

The logo was de­signed by Brid­get Tann, who stud­ied at the Univer­sity of Kent and runs Brid­get De­signs.

“I was de­lighted to find that some­one wanted one of my logo de­signs as a tat­too, though it’s not some­thing I had con­sid­ered be­fore,” she said.

“I have al­ways liked the de­sign as I am fond of bad­gers my­self. I love the way Finn has adapted the logo and I think it looks re­ally cute.”

Do you have a tat­too with an un­usual ori­gin? Email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­ or call 01233 623232.

Sara Nell, from Mary­land, USA, had a tat­too of Badger’s Hill Farm inked on her arm dur­ing a re­cent stay in east Kent

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