While people are staying inside during the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve picked up new hobbies and binge-watched through tv shows and movies on streaming services but others are taking this time to ink themselves up with new tattoos.
Tattoo artists are currently unable to work but East London artist Chris Woodhead is taking this time to tattoo himself every single day to continue developing his skills.
In an interview with CNN earlier this month, Woodhead says he’s been tattooing himself every day since quarantine started and has no intentions of stopping.
“The idea of tattooing myself every day through the isolation came about in a way quite naturally,” Woodhead told CNN. “I thought it would be a good way of implementing some structure into my day, now that I can’t tattoo from the studio.”
Currently, he’s on tattoo number 70 and has been posting evidence of his new art pieces.
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Like many artists, Woodhead started off tattooing himself while getting into the industry. He did around 100 tattoos on himself before even touching another person’s skin.
As a heavily tattooed person, he tells CNN he is estimating he only has until some time in June before running out of readily-available space to put more ink on his body.
At that time, he says he plans on drawing designs to fit the small spaces between already existing pieces and may overlap into some.
“It’s definitely helped me get through the endless day-to-day. It’s really boring being stuck at home, and without that creative process I would be pretty lost,” Woodhead said. “Also, I’ve been able to play with different techniques that I would potentially not be able to try on other people, so I am progressing my skill, which is really nice.”
While this time is presenting him with an opportunity to develop skills doing small pieces, he strongly urges anyone who isn’t a professional tattoo artist not to do what he’s doing.
Spending his time doing this has been a helpful distraction from the world but Woodhead closes his interview with CNN saying the artform means more to him than being just another job or activity to waste time doing.
“Tattooing isn’t a hobby to me or any other tattoo artist. It’s a huge part of me. The human body is an incredible canvas to play around with, and there is endless space.”
You can follow Chris Woodhead’s Instagram page here to see what his next daily tattoo pieces are.
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