Woman has 'cursed' tattoo on face 'to overcome shyness'.
KAYLEIGH Peach has the word 'cursed' tattooed above her right eye - to prevent her ending up in a boring job.
Her ambition was always to be a tattoo artist but she struggled to get a job in an ink parlour because she was painfully shy.
So she says she took the plunge and had her face tattooed.
"I had my face done so that I couldn't get a normal job," admits Ms Peach, 26, from Erdington.
"It's mainly as a reminder to persevere in doing what I want to do.
"Tattoos are more acceptable now than they used to be, but throat and face tattoos are still seen as more extreme. Workplaces are mostly against them, so I had my face tattooed to force myself to become a tattoo artist.
"Before, I was very shy. I'd go into tattoo places and they were put off because I wouldn't say boo to a goose."
Ms Peach was 24 when she had the work done on her first day as an apprentice tattoo artist.
Close to the word 'cursed', she has a rose - to symbolise romance and beauty - and leaves on the other side of her face, to show new beginnings.
"I chose the word 'cursed' because I was a very troubled person," she confides. I felt cursed because nothing ever went right for me, especially in relationships.
"I've always struggled with my mental health. Being in the tattoo industry has helped me so much - it's saved my life.
"It sounds like a cliche but it's true. Before, my glass was always half empty, now it's half full. I always felt like the underdog, I feel completely different now."
Ms Peach had her first tattoo at the age of 18 when she had her best friend's surname tattooed on her ankle, and he did the same.
Her family was not impressed, especially as that year she went onto have a big tattoo which covered her chest.
"My dad wasn't happy, neither was my stepmum," admits Kayleigh, who started modelling at the age of 19.
"They said I couldn't be bridesmaid at their wedding. But, since I've started working in the tattoo industry, my dad has accepted my tattoos."
Now a self-employed tattoo artist at The Tattooed Gent on Erdington High Street, Ms Peach now wants to cover her entire body in tattoos.
"I don't think I'll ever stop," she says. "But I wouldn't want to completely cover my face.
"I'd still want to be identified by my features."
Kayleigh Peach, who now wants to tattoo her entire body