Photographer Portraits Journey Beneath The Tattoo

Gino Dartnall - Gino Dartnall - 24 years old. Gino started tattooing his own face at 18 to cover up facial work someone else had previously had done Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from th - Friday 6th June 2014 (27 Pictures)


Journey, Gino Dartnall and Tattoo 1

Journey, Gino Dartnall and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Iestyn and Melodie Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from the case now. Facial tattoos now represent individuality, creativity, aesthetics, transformation and spirituality. I

Journey, Iestyn, Melodie and Tattoo 2

Journey, Iestyn, Melodie and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Deryn - Has a degree in psychology and counselling, she got her face tattooed in 2011. Deryn has no more plans to get her face tattooed at the moment but says she may in 10 years Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and

Journey and Tattoo 3

Journey and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Cammy Stewart - 30 years old. He started getting tattooed at 15 and moved on to the face at 24 - 'It's important to have a face in the Tattoo industry' Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This coul

Journey, Cammy Stewart and Tattoo 4

Journey, Cammy Stewart and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Jack Denny - 20 years old. Got his eyebrows tattooed on at 18. Jack plans on getting his eyeball tattooed next year Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from the case now. Facial

Journey, Jack Denny and Tattoo 5

Journey, Jack Denny and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Gino Dartnall and Tattoo 6

Journey, Gino Dartnall and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Yan and Delphine Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from the case now. Facial tattoos now represent individuality, creativity, aesthetics, transformation and spirituality. I ju

Journey, Yan, Delphine and Tattoo 7

Journey, Yan, Delphine and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Cammy Stewart - 30 years old. He started getting tattooed at 15 and moved on to the face at 24 - 'It's important to have a face in the Tattoo industry' Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This could

Journey, Cammy Stewart and Tattoo 8

Journey, Cammy Stewart and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Kirsty Wood Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from the case now. Facial tattoos now represent individuality, creativity, aesthetics, transformation and spirituality. I just wa

Journey, Kirsty Wood and Tattoo 9

Journey, Kirsty Wood and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Rusty Walters - 50 years old now, he originally got into being tattooed by volunteering himself as a human guinea pig to a budding Tattoo artist. - 'Everyone has days when you want to be left alone. But you can't. Sometimes you need to be strong' Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos w

Journey, Rusty Walters and Tattoo 10

Journey, Rusty Walters and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Xed Lehead - Xed is now 46 Years old, but started tattooing himself when he was 13 using a homemade Tattoo gun. He has spent the last two decades of his life mathematically gridding out the human body and studying the art of sacred geometry - 'The only way to purity is utter devotion to your craft, art without knowledge is empty' Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos

Journey, Xed Lehead and Tattoo 11

Journey, Xed Lehead and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Keif Price - 23 years old - 'Being tattooed has made me realize how close minded society is' Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from the case now. Facial tattoos now repre

Journey, Keif Price and Tattoo 12

Journey, Keif Price and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Paul Harper Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from the case now. Facial tattoos now represent individuality, creativity, aesthetics, transformation and spirituality. I just w

Journey, Paul Harper and Tattoo 13

Journey, Paul Harper and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Calum Stewart - 26 years old. Two and a half years ago Calum's older brother started to Tattoo his face. Since this was taken Xed Le Head has tattooed the entire left side of his face Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminalit

Journey, Calum Stewart and Tattoo 14

Journey, Calum Stewart and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Iestyn Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from the case now. Facial tattoos now represent individuality, creativity, aesthetics, transformation and spirituality. I just want to

Journey, Iestyn and Tattoo 15

Journey, Iestyn and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Paul Harper Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from the case now. Facial tattoos now represent individuality, creativity, aesthetics, transformation and spirituality. I just wa

Journey, Paul Harper and Tattoo 16

Journey, Paul Harper and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Dom Short - 30 years old - 'At first I used my tattoos as a warning to tell people to stay away. This represented my mind set at the time, they now have the opposite effect Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depre

Journey, Dom Short and Tattoo 17

Journey, Dom Short and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Jay Read - Founder and owner or Jilted Royalty Clothing - 'I lead a dysfunctional life especially at school, by the age of 15 I was addicted to Heroin. The next five years of my life were insane I count myself lucky to have made it through this period. At the age of twenty, after many relapses I finally managed to stay clean. I quickly found a new addiction. Tattoos' Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational n

Journey, Jay Read and Tattoo 18

Journey, Jay Read and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Calum Stewart and Tattoo 19

Journey, Calum Stewart and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Touka Voodoo Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from the case now. Facial tattoos now represent individuality, creativity, aesthetics, transformation and spirituality. I just w

Journey, Touka Voodoo and Tattoo 20

Journey, Touka Voodoo and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


#20

Journey, Dom Short and Tattoo 21

Journey, Dom Short and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


#21

Joe Munroe -26 years old. Joes recently sold his house and now lives in his van which is also a mobile Tattoo studio. He's now travelling the world tattooing as he goes Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depressio

Journey, Joe Munroe and Tattoo 22

Journey, Joe Munroe and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


#22

Journey, Xed Lehead and Tattoo 23

Journey, Xed Lehead and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


#23

Matt Black Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from the case now. Facial tattoos now represent individuality, creativity, aesthetics, transformation and spirituality. I just wan

Journey, Matt Black and Tattoo 24

Journey, Matt Black and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


#24

Joe Munroe -26 years old. Joes recently sold his house and now lives in his van which is also a mobile Tattoo studio. He's now travelling the world tattooing as he goes Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depressi

Journey, Joe Munroe and Tattoo 25

Journey, Joe Munroe and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


#25

Himemiya Neko - 28 years old, but got her first Tattoo at 13. She's never had issues with work as is a body piercer and tattooist, but has in the past been asked to leave restaurants and refused entry to night clubs Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things inc

Journey, Himemiya Neko and Tattoo 26

Journey, Himemiya Neko and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


#26

Iestyn Flye Seven Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from the case now. Facial tattoos now represent individuality, creativity, aesthetics, transformation and spirituality. I j

Journey, Iestyn Flye Seven and Tattoo 27

Journey, Iestyn Flye Seven and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


#27

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