Rebecca ‘Missy Macabre’ (GBR), Circus performer / Visual Artist, London

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‘I mainly perform as a fire eater, but I have a bed of nails and walk on broken glass. My favorite trick onstage is to hammer nails into my nose, I really enjoy to see the reactions of the audiences when they are confronted with an extremely glamorous showgirl performing grotesque acts onstage. I enjoy to mix the elegant and feminine with the bizarre and otherworldly. The combination of danger and beauty has always appealed to me.’

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‘For my big traditional Japanese piece, covering my back and sides, I intentionally chose for artist Rodrigo Souto. I always appreciated his work, and when we finished the sleeve, i knew that it was not going to be my last tattoo by him. I love the colors and textures he uses, as well as the way his work flows with the natural contours of the body. I love the back piece, and I always look forward to having another session. We’ve done about 24 hours now, spread over 7 or 8 sessions. The longer sessions can be quite intense, but it’s worth it.’

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