Charlotte Muscat (GBR), Social Media Manager, London

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‘I had a couple tattoos before I started on my body suit. I don’t regret them, and most people don’t even notice them since they’re completely incorporated into the big design, but I got really bad OCD so I want everything to be symmetrical. Overall, the bodysuit’s symmetry is only compromised on the bits where my ‘old’ tattoos are. Others were completely covered up by the black. The idea for the massive design came naturally as we went; it all started with the big mandala on my back. The rest grew out of that, in collaboration with the artist who adapted every element of it to my body. This project resulted in us becoming friends, which is understandable if you spend so much time working on and thinking about the same thing. I used to send him references of ideas and designs I’d like and he’d find a way to work it into the big design and to make it flow with the rest of it. And that’s how the design was continuously expanding until what it is now.’

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‘Working on the body suit, I kept my arms for last, because that was the part I was most nervous about; it’s the part people were going to see most. It was cool to have a ‘secret’ full body suit before people even realised I was tattooed. That was over once I did both my sleeves and my hands, of course… I kept the boldest move for last.’

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‘I need to get used to the idea that people see me as heavily-tattooed, because everything came gradually, so I don’t really see myself that way. They make statements such as ‘that’s so bold for a girl!’, but I don’t see why that is. It does make me more approachable, for some strange reason. People show sincere interest and ask me all kinds of questions about my tattoos. If I lived 30 years ago looking like this, people would probably avoid me. Now they come up to talk about something I love myself, being my bodysuit. If that’s not a positive evolution, I don’t know what is…’

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