A TATTOO-loving midwife has qualified for the final of a national body art competition.
Mother-of-one Claire O’Sullivan is now on a mission to be an inspiration for all tattooed women.
The 30-year-old, who has a host of tattoos as well as body piercings, likens body art to people decorating their houses and wants to dispel negative steroetypes about heavily tattooed people.
She said some eyebrows have been raised over her “extensively tattooed” arms when she rolls up her scrubs on the hospital wards.
But she is bent on proving the doubters about her appearance wrong.
Claire, of Gwersyllt, said: “Working in the healthcare environment means I have to have the skin on my arms exposed to ensure good hand hygiene and to prevent the spread of infection.
“This means exposing my extensively tattooed arms and I have worked hard to ensure I am seen as an equal to my peers. Despite having tattoos, I am a nice person.
“I have raised some eyebrows along the way and have tried to prove that kindness, compassion and ability is what you need to make a good midwife, not clear skin.
“Tattooed people come from all walks of life.
“I am a mother and I have had to deal with raised eyebrows at the school gate and my daughter Molly has had comments made to her about my appearance.
“My daughter understands the importance of respecting individuals for who they are not what they look like and she has a very healthy outlook on life as a result and would never dream of judging a person on their clothing, their appearance or their choice of self expression.”
Claire said she was overjoyed to have come first in an online poll of 40 women hoping to qualify for the Liverpool final.
And now the proud mum, who is also singer in rock band Thunderlizard, will compete against nine other women at the Liverpool Tattoo Convention next month in the hope of being crowned Miss Tattoo UK.
The final of the competition, now in its third year, will be held at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel in the city centre on May 17 as part of the three-day convention on all things body art.
The judges will decide on the day who best meets the Miss Tattoo UK ethos before naming the winner.