A woman celebrated the completion of her incredible body-length tattoo – by marrying her tattoo artist.
Justyna Rubuls, 35, married tattoo artist Eugene Rubuls, 40, in November 2013 after spending 150 hours under his needle.
She first met him four years ago when he agreed to cover up a small lizard tattoo she had on her shoulder. They started texting and, after three years of dating, the colourful pair married in Mauritius in November 2013.
The tattoo which Mr Rubuls created for his wife now covers her upper body with a stunning jungle scene worth more than £6,000.
Mrs Rubuls, who is now training to be a tattoo artist, said: “As long as I can remember I have been fascinated by tattoos, but I never thought I would have so many.
“I never expected to find romance in the tattoo studio, but I had designs on my husband from the very first moment I saw him and now his designs are all over me.”
Mrs Rubuls said she was struck with love at first sight.
She said: “I was very excited about getting my tattoo sorted. When I met the man who was doing it, I was even more excited.
“I fell in love the moment I saw him. I had butterflies in my stomach and I didn’t know what I was saying.”
After Mr Rubuls covered her tattoo with a delicate floral pattern, which took three hours to create, Mrs Rubuls texted him thanking him for the work.
The pair began texting regularly and eventually met up with each other for a romantic walk.
She said: “Eugene was brimming with ideas to extend my floral pattern and I kept letting him add more and more to the design.
“Most couples snuggle up to watch TV in the evenings, but over the next few years me and Eugene would end up in his tattoo studio time and time again.”
By the time the pair married in Mauritius in November 2013, the jungle scene, which includes a pair of lovebirds, flowers, leaves and a jungle cat, covered Mrs Rubuls’ entire right side, and part of her back.
She said: “I never thought I would have such a big tattoo. It is a permanent piece of art on my body, created by the man I love. I spend hours in the bathroom looking at my amazing tattoos.
“The wedding was just the two of us. It was beautiful and we were in paradise.
“I think about my husband all the time, I don’t have to look at my tattoos to remind me of him – but sometimes I look at the two original orchids and it reminds me of our first meeting.”
Mrs Rubuls, of Southampton, left her job as a care worker in August and is now training to become a tattoo artist herself alongside her husband.
She said: “It takes a lot of work and a lot of patience but I am slowly getting more experienced.”
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