Becky Holt, 34, and Ben Mason, 23, from Poynton, Cheshire, are proving that opposites attract. The couple met in a pub early last year and fell in love after being friends for a while
Ben and I are like chalk and cheese, both in our looks and in our personalities. I’m very extroverted, he’s much more reserved. We get weird looks all the time, but somehow our relationship just works.
When I met Ben in a pub early last year I was happy and confident in my striking looks – and he sensed that and found it attractive.
Ben doesn’t have any tattoos at all so we’re polar opposites in that regard, but we bonded through our love of family and finding fun in every situation.
We became best friends, then one December night everything changed. I gave a drunk hickey and he admitted he’d liked me for a long time but assumed I didn’t feel that way. We were shocked that we fell in love with someone so different.
Everything is so easy with Ben. Instead of trying to change bad guys, which had been my default behavior, I realized I needed a nice guy—a hard worker with family values.
He loves my tattoos and gives me a big hug and says how proud he is of me for giving me the attention I receive. He says I’m his arm candy!
Ben is considering getting a tattoo and I’ll make sure he goes to the best artist. A pinup version of me tattooed on him – that would be cute.
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 to be displayed above my bikini line.
Only the friend – whose idea it was – knew about it. I lied to the tattoo artist about my age who looked at me like I was an idiot but did what I asked.
LORNA ROACH PHOTOGRAPHY)
Six months later, I inevitably broke up with this boyfriend. Mum found the tattoo when I was shopping for laundry downstairs in my underwear.
“What the hell is that?” she cried before telling my disappointed father, who paid to have the name covered in flowers.
I also had a bird on my stomach around the same time. These designs were just for me and it felt empowering. I had turned my former ‘tramp’ into works of art.
I became obsessed with tattoo magazines. The models looked so beautiful and powerful – they really hugged each other and didn’t conform to the norm.
In my early 20’s I started getting new tattoos every few months. I started with my arm and then my shoulders and lower back. I would take modeling jobs to pay for them or use birthday and Christmas bonuses.
I then have my own tattoo shop which was open between 2014 and 2018 and during that time I got a new tattoo every week.
I recently had a drawing of a flower emerging from my labia, which Ben really likes. Getting tattooed there was torture, just like the armpits.
There’s always some pain, you don’t get used to it, but knowing what to expect helps. Sessions can last up to 11 hours, so I’m looking at my iPad, eating chocolate and talking to my Instagram followers.
I have no idea how many tattoos I have but I would say I have one large tattoo as almost every inch of my body is covered. To date it has cost me around £35,000 and has taken over 200 hours.
I’ve been on the covers of tattoo magazines and I’m the face of the UK’s biggest tattoo convention. My parents are proud of my statement and respect it.
I will take the same view with my daughter Rory (short for Aurora) who is 15 months old when she is older. I would love Rory to get a tattoo – just not her high school friend’s name!
LORNA ROACH PHOTOGRAPHY)
I don’t regret any of my inkings – they are who I am. Getting my forehead tattoo was a big step, so I’ve thought about it for years. A former boyfriend said he would leave me if I got it done, which put me off.
As soon as we broke up, I went to the tattoo shop and had “We can be heroes” inscribed just below my hairline – lyrics from my icon, David Bowie. When Dad saw it, he misinterpreted it as “Can’t be,” which was funny.
I don’t mind people staring at me – but I hate rudeness. I was on a train once when a young girl said to her father, “I’ll get tattooed like this when I’m older.”
He replied, “No, you won’t. I bet she was pretty before, but she ruined herself.” I confronted him and he was embarrassed. I don’t judge people for not having tattoos, so why are people concerned that I have 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 am constantly updating my current ones. I love her and so does Ben.
“I love the attention Becky gets”
Becky’s tattoos are beautiful – the first time I saw her naked I thought, “Wow!” I’ll never get bored looking at her. My favorite is the word “chip” written on her shoulder, which always tickles me.
I’m not surprised that people look at her and I love the attention she gets – and knowing that she chose me. I feel like I’m showing off when I’m with her. I don’t even mind when men message her on OnlyFans. We both trust each other completely.
When I first saw her in my locale, where she stood out from the crowd, I knew I had to talk to her. I asked her for a cigarette and we chatted.
A few weeks later I saw her again in the pub. She said, “Did you come back for another fag?” and we laughed, chatting all night and exchanging numbers.
Soon we were texting and meeting for dinner. Although we don’t look like a typical couple, we’re a perfect match. The moment I really fell in love with Becky was when she brought Rory to dinner and I saw what an incredible mom she is. I would love it if one day we would have children together.
The fact that we met in real life rather than online helped. If I had seen her on social media I might have felt intimidated, but personally we had a clear connection.
I’m happier than ever with Becky. Her tattoos are part of what makes her who she is and I love everything about her. I’ve wanted a tattoo myself for a while, but I’m undecided on what to get!
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/meet-britains-most-tattooed-woman-27054629 Meet Britain's most tattooed woman - an incredible move before she had any tattoos