A few bum deals amid the fan­tas­tic body art

Sunday Sun - - News -

THE North East is home to some won­der­fully weird body art. But while there aren’t many tat­too fans who can com­pete with Paul for quan­tity, there are plenty who can show off some im­pres­sive, un­usual, and some­times down­right odd, ink. Here, we take a look back at some of the best - and the most bizarre.

With ink cov­er­ing the side of her skull, and much of her arms and thighs, tat­too artist Emily Charles, from Hartle­pool, uses her own skin as a can­vas to prac­tice her skills.

The elab­o­rate art is com­bined with fa­cial pierc­ings, ear stretch­ers and coloured con­tacts for an un­usual look, which saw her reach the fi­nal of New­cas­tle’s al­ter­na­tive mod­el­ling com­pe­ti­tion, back in 2015.

Just as no­table - though less in­ten­tional - as Emily’s in­tri­cate art, is NUFC su­per­fan Con­nor Sto­bbs’ slightly un­for­tu­nate, and very per­ma­nent, tat­too mis­take.

When he branded him­self with the phrase ‘NUFC EFL Cup Win­ners 2016’, last year, he un­for­tu­nately over­looked a few rather ma­jor points. For one thing, even if New­cas­tle HAD tri­umphed in that par­tic­u­lar cup, it would have been 2017 when they did it. And of course, as his­tory shows, they did not.

Con­nor said: “I com­pletely didn’t re­alise I was get­ting the wrong year. The lads have been ab­so­lutely rip­ping me for it.

“I did not look at it at the time as there were other lads get­ting tat­toos and I didn’t want to get my back­side out in front of them.”

And who could for­get cheeky boyfriend Chris Condliffe, who pro­posed to the fu­ture Mrs Condliffe with a rather spe­cial “will you marry me” tat­too - on his bum.

Girl­friend So­phie Robin­son said: “When he dropped his pants to show his bum I just thought he was be­ing a bit crazy, be­cause that’s the sort of thing he does. I had to be prompted to look at his bum. I couldn’t quite be­lieve it and I didn’t know if it was a real tat­too or not.”

(She also said ‘yes’, of course.)

It al­ways seems to come back to bums, doesn’t it? Per­haps that’s the safest place to get a slightly more un­usual tat. Any­way, they don’t re­ally come more un­usual than that cho­sen by dad-of­four Lee Crane, from New­cas­tle. The Ant and Dec su­per­fan fa­mously had the faces of the Ge­ordie pre­sent­ing duo inked onto his back­side - ro­man­ti­cally shar­ing a bowl of spaghetti.

When the full ex­tent of her ink was re­vealed back in 2013, Heaton pop princess Ch­eryl’s in­tri­cate rose tat­too di­vided opin­ion.

Ap­par­ently tak­ing more than 15 hours to cre­ate, the tat­too cov­ers all the way from her thighs to half way up her back. So while she cer­tainly can’t com­pete with Paul in terms of amount of skin cov­ered, Ch­eryl is cer­tainly head­ing in that di­rec­tion. The ex­ten­sive rose tat­too cov­ered up a few pre­vi­ous pieces of art work, in­clud­ing car­toon char­ac­ter Tweety Pie, who once resided on her be­hind.

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