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My Tattoo Addiction TX: 10 Oct 2013, Week 41

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My Tattoo Addiction returns to revisit the colourful and captivating world of tattoos. Delving deep beyond the ink, this 3x60 series will explore more of the unique stories behind every tattoo.

All three episodes feature remarkable people, from across Britain whose body art tells a tale about their life. Whether it’s symbolic, spur of the moment or simply just to stand out - behind every tattoo and in some cases its cover up lies a story.

Through observational footage and compelling interviews, each challenging and often eye-watering film reveals what drives people to go under the needle, how tattoos can define you and how they come to signify our achievements, experiences and regrets.

Episode 3, Thursday 10th October 10pm, Channel 4

Our tattoos define us. They’re a chance to tell the world about our past and our hopes for the future. And behind every tattoo there is a story – whether it’s obsession, devotion or regret.

In this episode of My Tattoo Addiction, we meet people whose body art represents their way of moving on. From Cathy, who obsession with a certain novel became her way of coming to terms with a difficult past, to Lindsey, now getting her first tattoo in her 40s to celebrate the most important person in her life and Dave, who hopes his new tattoo will cover the scars left by a failed relationship.

Featuring eye-watering footage and intimate interviews, we take you into the lives of the people who get tattoos, exploring their motives and experiences whilst asking the question: why are we as a country so addicted to tattoos?

Episode 2, Thursday 3rd October 10pm, Channel 4

Whether a conscious decision or a thoughtless impulse, every tattoo is a statement of someone’s hopes, ambitions or state of mind. In this episode of My Tattoo Addiction, we hear from people whose addiction to body art has had a profound effect on the way they live their lives, whether it’s a manifesto or an embarrassment.

We meet Mark, whose many photo-realist tattoos deliberately flirt with our accepted notions of taste – and Woody, the outspoken “tattooist-provocateur” responsible for them. We hear from Deke about his attempts to cover up a tattoo celebrating his dubious past from his girlfriend’s parents; we then travel to Magaluf, where reveller Liam tries to convince a other holiday makers to brand their bodies with his random burger nipple design; and finally we meet Joanne, whose tattoo of an ex-wife’s name is a last painful reminder of her previous life as a man.

Episode 1, Thursday 26th September, 10pm, Channel 4

My Tattoo Addiction returns to revisit the colourful and captivating world of tattoos. Delving deep beyond the ink, this 3x60 series will explore more of the unique stories behind every tattoo design.

In the tattoo world you can either stand out, or fit in. In this episode we meet the individuals for whom a tattoo completes them - allows them to feel whole and makes a statement about the person they want to be. We meet Paul, an unemployed father of 6, whose facial tattoos are his pride and joy but are also the barrier to regular work. There is Duncan, whose grief at the loss of a close friend, can only find expression through the ink on his body and we meet James, whose desire to escape from his surroundings, finds expression in his tattoos. There’s also Helen and Amy, whose tattoos are a quest for them to fit into a world that views them as outsiders. Featuring eye watering footage not for the faint of heart, this film takes you into the lives of the people who get tattoos, exploring their motives and experiences whilst asking the question, why are we as a country addicted to tattoos.

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