Sponsored tattoo project

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A 22-year-old woman is in the process of covering her entire body in tattoos suggested by total strangers as part of a bizarre art exhibition.

For donations of around £6, strangers can get their names tattooed on the body of Illma Gore, of Los Angeles. Pledges of £60 and above give donors the chance to submit their own design.

Miss Gore, who says her mission is to cover her entire body in inked art, launched her campaign on crowdfunding website Kickstarter a week ago and so far has gathered 469 backers, raising around £7,300.

She said: “This idea has been playing on my mind for a while. I want the project to create a piece of priceless art.”

She said she is willing to have almost anything tattooed on her body, although there are certain exceptions.

She said: “I wouldn’t want a grape tattooed on me because in time it would wrinkle and become a raisin – no hate speech either.”

The artist, who had her first tattoo at age fifteen, has more than forty designs on her body – including six on her face.

She said she will never look back with regret on getting any of her tattoos.

She said: “My rule-of-thumb is never regret something that once made up the person that you are today.

“There is something absurd and beautiful about having an accumulation of absolute strangers name’s draped over my pale goth skin.”

Her goal is to get at least 2500 names tattooed on her – and she’s not far off.

She said: “I didn’t expect the idea to become so popular on the internet. I love reading peoples responses and requests. The weirdest request I’ve had so far is ‘c**nt beard’.

“I am still waiting for someone to suggest Waldo.”

If you want to take part in the exhibition, you can find her Kickstarter page at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1027452443/mission-to-tattoo-my-whole-body.

More high resolution pictures are available on request. To discuss rates for using pictures and copy, contact news editor Tom Knight on 07815 004413 or tom@medavia.co.uk.

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