Tattoo fan spends £20k on inking entire body – and she plans getting more
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A woman has called out trolls for accusing her of "self-harming" after she spent more than £20,000 on tattoos.
Bethany Moore, from Heathfield, was always intrigued by ink but didn't consider getting her first body art until she was 18.
Inspired by her childhood dog Turbo's howling, the 26-year-old's first tattoo was of a wolf on the side of her ribcage.
From there, the barber has gone on to have countless sessions on the chair covering almost every inch of her body.
In total, Bethany has spent an eye-watering £20,000 and 120 hours tattooing her body into a work of art.
Despite feeling empowered by her look, she has faced criticism from those who "don't agree with it".
Online trolls have told Bethany that she is "self-harming" as a result of her tattoo obsession.
She said: "I'm aware it's not everyone's cup of tea as I've had negative comments on social media.
"Someone told me getting tattoos was a way of self-harming; that one stuck with me because it couldn't be further from the truth."
Bethany has gained a lot of confidence from her colourful body art which helped her to find the motivation to get fit.
She added: "I get tattoos because it makes me more happy in my own skin and makes me feel complete."
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Bethany's advice to those considering getting tattoos is not to overthink it.
She explained: "Everyone who is close to me has been nothing but supportive of my ink choices and love me for who I am.
"It's helped me find likeminded people while dating including my partner Josh who I'm happily in love with. We're the perfect match."
The barber has very few empty spaces left to fill on her body, but she plans on getting her final leg tattooed.
She also revealed the inspiration behind her first tattoo.
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Bethany revealed: "My first tattoo was a wolf on the side of my ribs. It was in memory of my childhood dog Turbo who I grew up with.
"He used to howl like a wolf. I've since had so many tattoo sessions that I've lost count.
"I've also had 15 piercings of which 9 remain and 2 are now 16mm flesh holes in my earlobes.
"As a whole finished piece, my torso took the longest. My back took around 60 hours too.
"I must have spent around £20,000 in total."
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