Covered: Tattooed People Beneath Their Clothes By Alan Powdrill

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Photographer Alan Powdrill beautifully captured tattooed men and women in the photo series Covered.

Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography

The London-based photographer, who currently has no tattoos, started a series of photographs with tattooed people as a subject titled Covered showing them in two different lights: the way people usually see them (covered, that is) and how they are without the clothes that covered their skin art.

Powdrill's images resulted in a beautiful display of tattooed people and the art they wear on their bodies. It's not another series of ‘glam shot’ that provokes you to admire the often-regarded sex appeal of people with tattoos. Rather, the pictures compel you to want to know more about these people and their stories; what made them get their tattoos and why they chose the styles of the pieces they had on their bodies.

James
James

I was 16 and got a small lizard on my hip. My parents asked, how would I ever get a job? –James (photographed above)

Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography

I’m loving how [the tattoos] change as my body gets older and the creases and wrinkles change how they look. –Ness (photographed above)

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Alan Powdrill Photography

I love my tattoos – if you don’t like them, don’t look at them. Who cares how I’ll feel when I’m old? –Darren (photographed above)

Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography

What age do I think I’ll stop getting inked ? Never. –Dan (photographed above)

Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography

I love my tattoos – it’s a way of life for me and I’ll carry on getting them for as long as I can. –Kenny (photographed above)

Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography

I’m beyond the stopping point now. It fucking hurts like shit, man, but I wouldn’t change my look for the world. –Uno (photographed above)

Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography

My KISS tattoos are my favourites – the pain was incredible but it feels good to show my ultimate dedication to the band. –Kimmy (photographed above)

Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography

I pretty much love every inch of my skin for different reasons, but I love my back because I’ve been waiting for 17 years to get it done, and it’s come out exactly as I wanted it. —Stefano (photographed above)

Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography

My first tattoo was at 13 and was a secret for 10 years. It’s a part of me and I am not going to get old. –Patrick (photographed above)

Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography

I love being different, and every day I’m asked about them at least once, always getting a positive reaction. Good tattoos aren’t cheap, cheap tattoos are not good.” –Izzy (photographed above)

Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography

I don’t feel my opinion will change on my tattoos. I doubt I’ll have any regrets regardless of my age. –Lilianna (photographed above) If you're interested in taking part in this project, visit his website here. Follow Alan on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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