The Tattoo Freeze brings all the boys to the yard. And by ‘boys’ we mean people who love tattoos. And by ‘yard’ we mean the Telford International Centre. Every year, 8,000 inky heroes pile in there to compare tatts and make use of the 125 artists’ booths. It’s inkier than a squid bukkake party.

FHM maverick Mike Butler went to check it out and chat to the flesh-decorated folk in attendance. You can read all about it, including the 36-year-old taxi driver who gets four or five tattoos a week, in the new issue of FHM - OUT NOW. 



In the meantime, rejoice in the inky wonder of some FHM readers and their tatts.

 

Im Emma and Im 22 from liverpool.

My uncle owns his own tattoo studio so i spend alot of my time in there, wether it be getting inked or drawing my next tattoo idea up.

I have 6 tattoos but my numer one tattoo is the one i have sent you, 'My Old Western Colt 45' sitting in a garter right around the top of my thigh.

The story behind my tattoo is that growing up i was deffinatly a tomboy ha! I was always playing football, building tree houses and hide out dens, I done karate for 9 years , and aboslutlely loved action films!!

I Had A Propa Thing For 'TombRaider' either watching it or playing it on a console, so i was into the whole lara croft kick ass action woman.

So obviously the tomboy grew up into a woman etc but im still the tomboy at heart so butterflys and pretty pink colours were totally out of the question! and where better to start than my own little lara croft piece. 

I spent weeks looking at different ideas, I knew i wanted something right round my thigh, I thought of designing a dagger knife to sit down my thigh, When i came up with the 'Gun'. I wanted something old, Something Classic, Not a big bulky gun thats been glamourised.

A gun which had enough space to add detail and make it my own. I had to draw what i wanted to go around my thigh for the gun to rest in. Being a girl its quite unusual to want a gun on your leg lol so i thought a simple laced garter would suit perfectly rather than a big black belt , or a heavy holster!! I think Its Worked Perfectly :)

Emma Humphries

Oscar Strong  

Was in Miami for spring break last year got this done in Miami ink by the guy that did eminem and michael Jordan! Cost me $1,000 it was the day after the song I need a dollar song by aloe blacc

I am a london estate agent so it suits big monies.. Please let me know if you use it as I.m messed up right now and will definitely miss it if you do use it..

My first ever tattoo and it took 4 and a half hours LOL pain!!!

Oscar Strong

Oscar Strong tattoo

Mitchell Ramsay  

After walking the Kokoda Track back in 2010 with a group of people in the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program . I wanted a way to remember the experience i had with the group of young kids and same of the members of the 29th Battalion from Kokoda. So back in November 2010 I asked one of my leaders who is a trainee tattoo artist to draw me up a design.

It have taken so long to get over the nerves about having a needle poked in to me but than i remember what the soldiers of the Kokoda Campaign went through e.g having great friends die right beside them. Every day when i look at it the minor i remember the great time i had in Kokoda and what the young soldiers did to save Australia. I remember the words Courage, Endurance, Mateship, Sacrifice from Kokoda and Every day i try to live up to the words

Mitchell Ramsay

Mitchell Ramsay

Claudia Wright  

I went to aiya napa for 5 weeks last summer, went out, got horrendously drunk, met a random boy called harry b and decided to get his name tattooed on my bottom lip! He got claudia on his too but i didnt get a photo. i dont know who he is, where he is, only that his name is Harry B and its clogging up my bottom lip! probably the most rediculous thing i have ever done but its good banter!!

Lip tattoos disappear after three years thank god so i don't need to get it removed! i have no interest in contacting harry b, he has ruined my chance with so many boys when my friends let them know about the tattoo hahaa!

Claudia Wright

Claudia Wright

Emma J  

I am a fetish and tattoo model who now runs a photographic and design agency, shooting djs, bands and celebrities for a living, The ultimate rock and roll dream really!

Bbeing tattooed gets me involved in a lot of the shoots, that’s my arm smashing bottles over the Prodigy..

i have about 140 hours worth, check out my site for more!

Emma J

Keith Flint

 

My first tattoo (the guitar) was a bit eventful. Went on a bender the night before, worked from 6am till 3 then went to get it done without eating a thing all day, passed out for about 5 minutes after he started, then was completely delirious for the rest of it, which was interesting. I'd say the only other one I have with a funny story is the Fender logo underneath the guitar. In my first year of uni, a girl in my halls (very pretty, might I add), was going to get her first tattoo and was shit scared.

I told her she'd see me in 5 minutes, when she came into the room to get her tat I was sat there getting mine done. Got friend zoned for this lovely gesture :(

Jack Graham

Jack Graham

HUGE thanks to everyone who sent in their tattoo pics and stories. We would genuinely have loved to feature them all, but there were hundreds of them. You are all champions.