Bristol's Badass Burlesque Show
It’s kind of a grey Monday afternoon here in Bristol, so let CoochieCrunch install a little colour in to your day with one of our favourite things: Tattooed Burlesque Dancers.
No editorialising. No bullshit. Just women and their tattoos and their story. Enjoy.
Artist: Marcos Attwood, Broad Street Studio, Bath
For me, it’s simple, I believe that our bodies are temples to be adorned as we wish. All of my tattoos are tied to a certain time and space. Some of them are very particular, others I got just because I liked the design or the artist. Other than the obligatory butterfly on by butt (from Electric Ladyland on Frenchman Street, New Orleans) I don’t have any girly tattoos. People, mainly men, most frequently comment on the Wolf (by Marcos at Broad Street, Bath) on my arm. I love him. His tongue is lolling out as he runs forward full of kinetic energy, free and wild and that resonates with me.
Artist: Katan Costello, Two Hearts Tattoo, Cardiff
There are several reasons why I got my tattoo, the main is I have a long term chronic health condition that causes scars across my body, I have lived with this for 6 years and it is one of the reasons why I got into burlesque. When I perform I used to wear 2 pairs of tights, a pair of thick dance tights, with a pair of dance fishnets over the top. I then wear camouflage make up to cover other scars. I have particularly bad scaring on my thighs and inner thighs. I haven’t been able to go swimming as a result for many years. This year I used my pre40 list as an excuse in a way to tackle my demons. I wanted something that was colourful, beautiful and represents me. I’m known in my day job as the woman with a flower in her hair by staff and patients, so wanted that picked up in the artwork.
I love it so much and it has changed my life, look….no tights!
Artist: Leah Moule
Since I started getting tattooed I haven’t really planned them all that well, so I wanted to get some artwork done by an artist I love and of something that’s a little more meaningful to me. I have admired Leah’s work for years, her use of colour is so vivid and eye catching. I decided on Alice in Wonderland as I loved the film as a kid, it was one of those I could watch over and over and never get bored of. I wanted to keep the and bright colours but make it a little more dark and include a sexy “pin-up” style Alice, can’t wait to see the sleeve finished this month.
Artist: Ben Boston, The Tattoo Studio, Bristol
All of my tattoos are pretty pictures that I wanted to carry around with me because I think they make me look cool and badass.
Artist: Nick ‘Dock’ Crocker, Holey Skin, Bristol