A MARRIED mum and pageant queen has told how she hates her tattoos – after getting them as a teen.
Dionne John, 43, from Taunton, Somerset got a tattoo of a panther and a tiger when she was 18.
She now uses makeup, clothing, and hair extensions to cover them up.
Dionne said: “When I was a teenager I decided to follow the tattoo trend.
“My act of rebellion was a tiger on my shoulder and a panther on my bikini line because I liked cats – they are both very dark as well.
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“Within a couple of years I regretted it.
“I’d be asked if I was ‘catty’ or a ‘pussy cat’.
“People would tell me the tattoos were badly done.
“I started covering them up in my twenties as they looked trashy.
“Now as a pageant contestant and reigning Mrs Taunton Universe.
“I have to wear special makeup especially on my shoulder to stop people seeing them.
“If the tattoo was making a statement or had been done properly I wouldn’t mind.
“But mine are just bad.
“The tattoo on my bikini line has been altered due to stretch marks from having a child.
“I can’t wear two pieces.
“I have spent hundreds of pounds trying to find the perfect makeup to cover them up, and now I use derma blend cover up.
“But if I cover one shoulder I end up having to cover my entire back.
“When I am on stage doing pageants the makeup can run, ruining the overall look.
“And so I use hair extensions, derma-blend coverup makeup and even capes for my evening gowns and swimsuits when I hit the catwalk.
“It cost me around £120 to get those tattoos done when I was younger, and now it’s cost me five times that on makeup trying to cover it up.
“It’s expensive but until I can get them lasers it is my only option.
“I am currently saving to get laser treatment but I am terrified of getting it done. It costs a lot of money and I have a child which makes it difficult.
“I think that a tattoo is often for life, not just an act of rebellion.”
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