Printer Friendly

Woman gets face tattoo to force herself to get dream job and follow her dreams; Kayleigh Peach got the tattoo when she was 24 on her first day as an apprentice.

Byline: Zoe Forsey

Kayleigh Peach was worried she would be too shy to go out and get her dream job as a tattoo artist.

So she went to extreme lengths to make sure she didn't have much of a choice.

She got a tattoo of the word 'Cursed' across her face which she believed would mean she would struggle to get a 'normal' job.

Kayleigh, who lives in Birmingham, got the unusual design on her first day as a tattoo apprentice when she was 24.

Now 26, she toldBirmingham Live: "I had my face tattooed so that I couldn't get a normal job, mainly as a reminder to persevere in doing what I wanted to do.

"Tattoos are generally a lot more acceptable now than they used to be but throat and face tattoos are still seen as more extreme and workplaces are mostly against them.

Boy accidentally kills beloved goldfish after taking him out of tank for a cuddle

"So I had my face tattooed to force myself to become a tattoo artist.

"I'd wanted to become a tattoo artist for some time but I was very shy and I'd go into tattoo places and I think they were put off because I wouldn't say boo to a goose."

And that's not her only face tattoo, and she also has a rose to symbolise romance and beauty and leaves to represent new beginnings.

"I chose the word 'cursed' because I was a very troubled person, I felt cursed because nothing ever went right for me, especially in relationships," she said.

Mum horrified when colleagues ask her to move desk for upsetting personal reason

"I've always struggled with my mental health.

"Now, being in the tattoo industry has helped me so much - it's saved my life. It sounds like a cliche but it's true.

"My mindset is different. Before my glass was always half-empty, now it's half full.

"I always felt like the underdog, I feel completely different now."

The relationship between a tattoo artist and his or her clients is an intimate one and Kayleigh says it's this connection that's made the biggest difference to her.

Mum's odd hack to help poorly baby daughter - hubby says she's 'finally lost it'

"When you are tattooing someone, they tend to open up because they are in pain and you kind of become like their psychiatrist and help them if they have problems," she explained.

"Some of the things I've heard that people have been through make me think that maybe things aren't so bad for me."

Kayleigh got her first tattoo at the age of 18 when she had her best friend's surname tattooed on her ankle.

She later had a huge tattoo which covers her chest.

Her family weren't impressed.

Kayleigh explains: "My dad was not happy, neither was my stepmum.

Cafe apologises for 'vile' sign featuring 'appalling' joke about disabled woman

"They said I couldn't be bridesmaid at their wedding.

"We were having problems anyway.

"But, since I've started working in the tattoo industry, my dad has accepted my tattoos."

He's changed his mind so much that he now has his own tattoo, a heart with his wife's name in, which Kayleigh did for him.

She said: "It was a nice bonding experience but I could tell he was in pain whilst I was doing it.

Woman ordered to pay [pounds sterling]1,675 for state of her garden after neighbours complain

"So, at the end, I asked him to write 'Dad' on a piece of paper and I had a stencil done then turned to him and said 'now it's your turn to tattoo this onto me.'

"He was so nervous as he tattooed it onto my leg but I love it, it's like a trinket tattoo, it means I have a piece of him with me wherever I go."

Kayleigh has lost count of how many tattoos she has because many of them merge into each other.

"I think my tattoos cover around 60 per cent of my body," said Kayleigh, who has appeared in a music video and Skin Deep magazine.

"The longest I've ever sat for a tattoo is around five to six hours which isn't too long."

Unable to put a figure on the amount she has spent on tattooing, other than "it's thousands", Kayleigh says the pain is actually getting worse rather than better when she has them done.

"I don't know whether it's because I'm getting older but the pain is much worse now than when I first started getting tattoos.

"Before I could sit for hours and not even flinch, now I find I'm in terrible pain and I want to tap out straight away.

"I get really fidgety too, which isn't good."

Now a self-employed tattoo artist based at The Tattooed Gent on Erdington High Street, Kayleigh's next dream is to cover her entire body in tattoos.

"I don't think I'll ever stop, I would like my whole body to be covered in tattoos.

"I might have two little ones by my eyes but no more on my face after that.

"I know some men who have lots of tattoos on their face and it suits them but I wouldn't want to completely cover my face as I'd still want to be identified by my features."

Top news stories from Mirror Online


Credit: BPM Media

Kayleigh Peach

Credit: Tristan Potter /

Kayleigh got the tattoo when she was 24

Credit: Tristan Potter /

She knew she needed to do something drastic

Credit: Birmingham Mail

It completely changed how she felt

Credit: Birmingham Mail

Kayleigh got her first tattoo at 18 and she's now lost track of how many she has

Credit: BPM Media

Her parents were really angry when she started getting tattoos

Credit: BPM Media

She now does some modelling

Credit: BPM Media
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2019 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:News,Weird News
Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2019
Previous Article:Neymar transfer: The HUGE fee Real Madrid are prepared to pay for PSG star; Real Madrid could be set to break the [pounds sterling]200 million...
Next Article:I'm A Celebrity 2019: John Barnes lined up for jungle mayhem; Ex-England footballer John Barnes has thrown his hat in the ring for the I'm A...

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters