Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bants, Backsides and High Jinks with the Tattoo Fixers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bants, Backsides and High Jinks with the Tattoo Fixers

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MARRIAGE isn't the only (hopefully) permanent life decision being mined for our pleasure by the makers of reality TV.

Tattoo Fixers (Channel 4) follows a parade of ink victims who have, for whatever reason, had their flesh defaced with something unsightly, offensive, embarrassing or just plain bizarre.

A crack team of tattoo artists slave over a hot needle to transform such body horrors into minor works of art.

This usually means turning a small tattoo into a much, much larger one. Is it improved? The customers had better hope so.

The stories of how their skin became sullied with these daubings make the show.

The most jaw-dropping was the ex-soldier whose "You'll Never Walk Alone" tattoo lost its final word, along with his lower leg, in an IED blast. It was hard to know how to react to it.

Likewise the girl whose meaningful portrait of her late grandmother ended up resembling a gene splice of Ken Barlow and Pat Butcher.

Elsewhere, though, it works as a celebration of trivial stupidity via a string of drunken high jinks and escapades. …

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