Meet Britain’s most tattooed woman – incredible change before she had any inkings


Becky Holt, 34, and Ben Mason, 23, from Poynton in Cheshire, prove that opposites do attract. The couple met in a pub at the start of last year and fell in love after being friends for a while

Becky Holt and Ben Mason met in a pub last year

Ben and I are like chalk and cheese, in both our looks and our personalities. I’m a real extrovert whereas he’s far more reserved. We get odd looks all the time, but somehow our relationship just works.

When I met Ben in a pub at the start of last year, I was content and confident about my striking appearance – and he sensed that and found it attractive.

Ben doesn’t have any tattoos at all so we’re opposites in that respect, but we connected over our love of family and finding the fun in every situation.

We became best friends, then one evening in December everything changed. I went in for a drunken snog and he admitted he’d liked me for a long time, but he assumed I did n’t feel the same way. We were shocked that we’d failed for someone so different.

Yet everything is so easy with Ben. Instead of trying to change bad boys, which had been my default behaviour, I realized I needed a nice guy – a hard worker with family values.

He loves my tattoos and gives me big hugs, saying how proud he is of me for owning the attention I get. He says I’m his arm candy from him!

Ben is considering getting a tattoo and I’ll ensure he goes to the best artist. A pin-up version of me tattooed on him – that’d be cute.

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My interest in body art began at the age of 15 when I walked into the local tattoo shop with a request – I wanted my first love’s name displayed across my bikini line.

Only the boyfriend – whose idea it was – knew about it. I lied about my age to the tattooist, who looked at me like I was an idiot but did as I asked.







Becky is Britain’s most tattooed woman
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Becky before all the tattoos
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I inevitably broke up with that boyfriend six months later. Mum spotted the tattoo as I bought laundry downstairs in my underwear.

“What the hell is that?” she cried, before telling my disappointed dad, who paid to get the name covered up with flowers.

I also had a bird inked on my stomach around the same time. These designs were just for me and it felt empowering. I had turned my former ‘tramp stamp’ into artwork.

I became obsessed with tattoo magazines. The models looked so beautiful and powerful – they were truly embracing themselves and not conforming to the norm.

In my early twenties, I started getting new tattoos every few months. I began with my arm and then my shoulders and lower back. I’d take modeling jobs to pay for them or use birthday and Christmas money.

I then got my own tattoo shop, which was open between 2014 and 2018, and during that period I’d get a new tattoo every week.

More recently, I’ve had a drawing of a flower emerging from my labia which Ben enjoys. Getting tattooed there was agony, just like with the armpits.

There’s always some pain, you don’t get used to it, but knowing what to expect helps. Sessions can be up to 11 hours, so I watch my iPad, eat chocolate and talk to my Instagram followers.

I have no idea how many tattoos I have, but I’d say I have one big tattoo as almost every inch of my body is covered. To date it has cost me around £35,000 and has taken more than 200 hours.

I’ve appeared on the covers of tattoo magazines and I’m the face of the biggest tattoo convention in the UK. My parents are proud of the statement I make and respect that.

I’ll take the same view with my daughter Rory (short for Aurora), who is 15 months old, when she’s older. I’d be very happy for Rory to get tattooed – just not her de ella high school boyfriend’s name de ella!







Becky’s boyfriend doesn’t have any tattoos
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She says they are different, but love each other

I don’t regret any of my inkings – they’re who I am. My forehead tattoo was a big step so I mulled it over for years. A previous boyfriend said he’d dump me if I had it done, which stopped me.

As soon as we broke up I went to the tattoo shop and had “We can be heroes” just below my hairline – a lyric from my icon David Bowie. When Dad saw it, he misread it as, “Can’t be a**ed” which was funny.

I don’t mind people staring – but I hate rudeness. I was once on the train when a teenage girl said to her dad, “I’m going to be tattooed like that when I’m older.”

He replied, “No you won’t. I bet she was lovely before, but she she’s ruined herself. I confronted him and he was embarrassed. I don’t judge people for not having tattoos, so why are people concerned about me having them? Luckily, I’m thick-skinned so I don’t take comments to heart.

I don’t think I’ll ever be done with tattoos. I’m constantly refreshing my current ones. I love them and so does Ben.

‘I love the attention Becky gets’

Becky’s tattoos are beautiful – seeing her naked for the first time I thought, “Wow!” I’ll never get bored of looking at her. My favorite is the word ‘chip’ on her shoulder, which always tickles me.

I’m not surprised people look at her and I love the attention she gets – and knowing she’s chosen me. I feel like I’m showing off when I’m with her. I don’t even mind men messaging her on OnlyFans. We both trust each other completely.

When I first spotted her at my local, standing out from the crowd, I knew I had to speak to her. I asked her for a cigarette and we made small talk.

A few weeks later I saw her in the pub again. She said, “Have you come back for another fag?” and we laughed, chatting all night and swapping numbers.

Soon, we were texting and meeting for dinner. Despite not looking like your typical couple, we’re perfect for each other. The moment I truly fell for Becky was when she brought Rory along to dinner and I saw what an incredible mum she is. I’d love for us to have children together one day.

The fact we met in real life rather than online helped. If I’d have seen her on social media I might have felt intimidated, but in person we had a clear connection.

I’m happier than ever with Becky. Her tattoos de ella are part of what makes her who she is and I love everything about her. I’ve wanted a tattoo for a while myself, but I’m indecisive about what to get!

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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