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Underneath Their Clothes: Heavily Tattooed People Reveal Their Hidden Inked Bodies

London-based photographer Alan Powdrill has created the ‘Covered’ photo series to document what heavily tattooed people look like underneath their clothes, revealing their stunning head-to-toe artwork in all its glory.

To really connect with his subjects, Powdrill’s  photos come complete with a comment about the history and story behind their ink with interesting tales from life-long enthusiasts and late bloomers who still see their tattoos as glorious rebellion.

Whilst this is just a snippet of Powdrill’s work he has a tonne of interesting people in his portfolio and will be showcasing more of the series in London on November the 11th so be sure to check it out if you’re in town!


Lillianna, 23 “I don’t feel my opinion will change on my tattoos, I doubt I’ll have any regrets regardless of my age”


Graham, 58 “I was 51 when I started and my father was already dead and my mum didn’t say anything as she was in the early stages of dementia”


Dave, 66 “I started in 1963 when I was 14 and I don’t think I’ll ever stop”


Victoria, 37 “My tattoos are part of who I am and I’ll always love my bodysuit now and when I’m 80. The love I get for what I look like is what it’s all about”


Alex, 49 “Me mum wasn’t happy at all about the swallow on my hand so I said ‘Look mum it’s not like I’m on the street doing heroin”



Izzy, 48 “I love being different and everyday I’m asked about them. Good tattoos aren’t cheap, cheap tattoos are not good”


James, 33 “I was 16 and got a small lizard on my hip. My parents said ‘how would I ever get a job!’”


Kimmy 29 “My Kiss tattoos are my favourites, the pain was incredible but it feels good to show my ultimate dedication to the band”


Peter, 38 “They have given me confidence in life since my Crohn’s illness, I will love them in the future like I do now”


Michelle, 53 “Can’t say what age I’ll stop. While there’s still space to fill, It’ll get filled. I don’t think my attitude will ever change”


Bill, 59 “I love the fact I’m middle aged, have a professional job, am surrounded by straight people and I have ‘No Fucking Way’ tattoed on my chest”


Patrick, 34 “My first tattoo was at 13 and was a secret for 10 years. It’s a part of me and I’m never going to get old”