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Tatt's how to cover up unthinking inkings

We're all going on a summer tattoo-fixing holiday... As the ink makeover team take their show on the road, Keeley Bolger finds out what's in store

Done well, a tattoo can be a piece of living artwork. Done badly, and it can be an embarrassing, excruciating, not to mention expensive, difficult and time-consuming problem to rectify.

While a small inking can be easy to cover in the colder months, keeping bad tattoos under wraps when the beach is calling is much trickier.

With this in mind, Tattoo Fixers On Holiday sees the team from the popular E4 series - Jay Hutton, Sketch, Alice Perrin, as well as receptionist Paisley - head out to some popular summer hotspots to sort out some awful body-art regrets.

But first, they check-in for a quick chat and tell us what to expect.

As ever, this series will see the team rectify a number of tattoo tantrums, by covering them with new - and hopefully far improved - artworks.

The trio think being abroad will give the show a boost.

"You see us more as characters, and more of what we're like with each other and our friendships," says Hutton, who was contacted to be part of the original show via Twitter.

You could say there are a number of morals to the Tattoo Fixers story - but why do the fix-ees often opt for their new tattoos to be so big?

"You size up the tattoo and give the person options," explains Perrin.

"When they see it in the mirror, you ask, 'Do you want it smaller or bigger'? It's up to them. If the customer wanted a small tattoo, we'd do a small tattoo."

Hutton adds: "I think they've come on the show, it's an opportunity, and they try and make the most of it... anyone would. I think that's another reason they maybe go for something a lot bigger."

Grandiose boasts and garish designs... the Tattoo Fixers have seen all manner of bad tattoos.

So what's the worst?

"I had a lady who had, 'Girls want to be me and guys want to f**k me', just above her 'downstairs'," reveals Sketch.

And they have clear boundaries in terms of what they will or won't ink onto somebody's skin.

"I wouldn't do any symbols that are gang related," says Londoner Sketch. "I try to avoid anything to do with gangs or racism.

Last year, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's tattoo of a rose covering her bottom was dubbed the worst tattoo on a celebrity in a poll.

The Tattoo Fixers are big fans, however.

"I absolutely loved it," enthuses Sketch. "The artist who did it is one of the most sought after artists around.

"What he's been done with that tattoo is perfect. I think what people are more shocked by is how big the tattoo is, but when you look at it as a picture, it's flawless."

But the show has had its critics, so how do they feel about the backlash?

"They forget it's a TV show," says Sketch, pointing out that some segments are filmed a certain way in order to make the show enjoyable for viewers - but behind the scenes, health and safety standards are paramount.

  • Tattoo Fixers On Holiday begins on E4 on Tuesday, July 26 at 9pm

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