Name: Captain Dale
How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I had my first three tattoos done on my 18th birthday, I got a treble and a bass clef tattooed on my forearms and a NoFX logo on my ankle
What is your employment status/occupation and do your tattoos effect it?
Luckily I have managed to find a job that does not discriminate,
they didn't mind me having tattoos or piercings and so it has afforded me the opportunity to get more, in more visible places without having to worry, my neck and my knuckles for example.
What is your favorite piece? What is the meaning behind it?
I don't have one favorite piece, but I have a few that stand out, I have GAME OVER tattooed across my knuckles as I am an avid gamer. I have a lot of random stuff on my forearm including an ice cream, a pop tart, a lava lamp and a robot with a tie on. None of these really mean anything, I just love fun tattoos. You have to have a sense of humor about yourself.
Do you have a favorite artist who you go back to or do you collect different artists work? Why?
Joe K Worrall of Wycombe Ink, I have only been getting tattooed by him for the last year and a half, but I love his style, so am getting most of my future work done by him. I have tattoos by the other artists there, Casi Williams and James Bull and each has their own style, so I don't think I'd really need to go anywhere else, I love what they do. Plus the studio is 2 minutes away from my house.
Have you faced any specific discrimination due to being tattooed?
Definitely, I have been turned down for more jobs than I care to think about, just because I have tattoos, piercings and green hair, does not mean that I will not be up to the job and some people seem to think my appearance instantly makes me a criminal or a drug addict. I don't do drugs and I have never been in trouble with the police, let alone arrested. I've had stares, points, the usual 'did that hurt?' 'what happens when you go through a metal detector at the airport?' 'are you magnetic?' stupid questions.
I've been stopped by the police because I look suspicious, even though I haven't done anything. A few years ago I was beaten up and put in hospital by three guys just because of the way I look. It's no different than judging someone on their religion, gender or the colour of their skin. I may have done this to myself but this is who I am and I shouldn't have to change to 'fit in'.
Any other comments?
I used to have to cover my tattoos up and dye my hair back to a natural colour for my old job as people could find them 'offensive'. I agreed as I really needed the job. When the manager was not there, I would roll up my sleeves and show off some ink and no one was offended, no one was scared, no one was outraged that this young man had a few tattoos on his arms. I was outraged that I had to cover up my works of art, my passion, my thoughts, feelings and beliefs that I had paid for with my hard earned money, as someone, somewhere may be offended by the bright, colourful and funny tattoos that I have.
People with tattoos are more than often the friendliest and most caring people that you could meet, I've been obsessed with the culture and the art ever since I was a little boy about 7 or 8, and I watched my dad get mine and my brother's names tattooed on his arm. Sitting in the tattoo studio in Southend and seeing these people covered in works of art wasn't scary or intimidating for me, it was amazing, the people there were so friendly; a man with a snake tattooed on his face gave me a cup of juice and had a chat with me. I knew from that moment that I wanted to be covered in tattoos... I'm still working on that.
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