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WOULD GETTING A TATTOO MAKE YOU HAPPY

From giving a sense of permanency in a changing world to taking control of our bodies, Kathryn Blundell explores the allure of inking

SKIN ART

When Cheryl Cole showed off her new roses tattoo a few years ago, the critical backlash against the singer’s vast inking was so huge, she felt the need to defend her choice on Twitter. And nowhere are tattoos more controversial than on a woman – compare the reaction to Cheryl Cole’s with the adoration of David Beckham’s inkings.

But things are changing. Now more women than men are having them, says a US poll, and a fifth of Brits have been inked. The effects of having a tattoo are also being reported – in the US survey, 33 per cent said their tattoos made them sexier and 32 per cent said it made them feel attractive. A fifth also felt that body art made them more spiritual and there appears to be evidence that it can improve self-image. ‘I’ve tattooed many people who have low self-esteem, and seen firsthand the incredible impact it can have,’ says tattoo artist Dominique Holmes (dominiqueholmes.com), whose studio is based in east London.

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Brush up on your #superfoodgoals with our March/April issue of healthy, which explores the truth behind the nutrition buzzword. Get cooking with our round-up of 25 delicious recipes, including chia, matcha and chocolate (yes, really!) based meals. Get to know Darcey Bussell and Lorraine Kelly in our exclusive interviews. Plus, be inspired by our 101 simple ideas on how to change your life now, including how a daily ritual can help you beat stress. Stay grounded with the new digital edition of healthy.
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