Letters - 210

Published: 02 April, 2012 - Featured in Skin Deep 210, April, 2012

Air your views or have a rant and we’ll give one letter a free, yes free, t-shirt! Aren’t we nice? (So don’t forget to put your size on your letter or we’ll have to guess).

Letter of the Month

One less for the kiddie grinder

I’ve just read the editorial of issue 209 and it’s uncanny how it parallels my recent decision to withdraw from Facebook and Twitter. I too originally joined for the fun factor. Somehow over time though it has become an extension of the Jeremy Kyle show, and in no way do I mean this to be a positive comment. I suffer Chronic Fatigue and with the rigours of it, depression too, so it was all too easy to lose myself in ‘social’ media instead of engaging in real life. Happily though I’m regaining my focus and tackling my condition again without this distraction. It’s onwards and upwards. The only downside I now feel is that I don’t necessarily have access to unlimited great tattoo work at my finger tips. But to draw a positive from this, it has made the anticipation of each issue of Skin Deep an even greater excitement each month.

One final note regarding one of the Melanie’s letters from this issue, the ‘Addicted to pain’ letter. I agree with her sentiment and whole-heartedly agree with your response. Tattoos should be very much for the art, but also there is nothing quite as exhilarating as the sensation of being tattooed. To me it’s the feeling of being alive and almost a passage of rights to wear the ink with pride.

Keep up the great work.

All the very best,
Kieron Crewe formerly of Facebook and Twitter

You said it bro!

Scary Times

I don’t know if you remember, but I sent a letter to you with regards to Scary Guy and bringing his programme into the school where I work? Never in a million years did I expect to see it published in the December edition of Skin Deep, very exciting, nor did I expect it to be letter of the month with the promise of a dip in the Skin Deep lucky bag. My tattooist, Gold Frank, brought it to my attention, despite me having bought the edition on release and missed my letter – too many wonderful pieces of artwork distracted me.

After several months, my school have agreed to go ahead and have provided most of the funds to pay for Scary’s programme. I am in the process of working with the school’s enrichment leaders to develop fundraising activities to get us to the grand total – as a lover of zombies, I can not get past the idea of a zombie zumba day! I cannot say again how thankful I am to you and your team at Skin Deep for publishing the article. I shall keep you posted about further developments as read in your response to your letter.


It’s a pleasure… let us know what happens, take some pictures and notes and ship them on in. A first-hand write-up would be great.

An Addict Writes:

I have a friend that is writing a book on addictions, many of which he has experienced first-hand. However, as he has never been tattooed, and this is one of the categories in the book, he asked for my opinion. I struggled to give him an answer. Why do some of us become addicted to tattoos? After all, let’s be honest, it bloody well hurts!

Although we know this, when we see someone else being tattooed, we don’t think, ‘oh poor you’, we actually think, ‘I wish that was me’.

I asked my tattoo artist her view and she said that perhaps it’s because after we have one, other parts of the body look bare and we feel a need to fill these spaces with more ink. Very plausible. More than I could come up with anyway.

I guess firstly we need to establish what the addiction is to – the sitting in the chair and being tattooed, or the feeling we get once it has been completed (either immediately or in the weeks and months afterwards)? If it is actually having the tattoo done, then it must be some kind of addiction to pain. If however, it is the feeling we get when we take our first look in the mirror at our new tattoo, it could come down to the ‘feel good factor’. As a personal trainer I know that people get addicted to exercise largely because of the endorphins that get released after training. Perhaps this is a similar thing. In truth, I really don’t have a clue, but found the question an interesting one.


Once again, we throw the issue open to the readership. Can anybody put their finger on the pulse of the question? Would be great to get those scientific and psychological responses rolling in.