Tattooist Jay Hutton has spoken of the emotional moment he inked one of the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash victims.
The 25-year-old, who runs Adrenaline Tattoo Studio in Ellesmere Port, said Vicky Balch’s new body art symbolises her strong family unit after losing her leg when The Smiler ride malfunctioned in June.
Five people, including 20-year-old Vicky, were left seriously injured and trapped 25ft in the air when horror struck.
After having to learn to walk again, she is one of the first clients to feature in the second series of smash hit TV show, Tattoo Fixers, which is set to return to our screens next week.
‘Gentle Jay’ is among the trio of talented tattooists tasked mainly with turning “disasterpieces into materpieces.”
But Jay described Vicky’s story as “devastating” and said her tattoo is one of the most “poignant” of the series.
“Vicky features in the first episode and after spending a long time talking to her while I was doing the piece, I was shocked when I heard the whole story and how devastating it’s been for her,” he said.
“To see her reaction to the tattoo and knowing that she was pleased with it was a really emotional moment.
“It was nice to be able to bring some joy out of an awful situation.”
Jay said the leg piece, which incorporates a family of elephants, symbolises the guidance and support Vicky has had from her family during her trauma.
“We watched the first episode for the first time last night and everyone said it was really heartwarming,” he added.
The 15-part E4 series, extended due to popular demand, has more shocks in store according to Jay - a 'fixer-upper' to those who fail to think before they ink.
This time, there’s a new addition to the team as Jay and Sketch are joined by Alice, a fun-loving and quirky tattooist with a neo-traditional style.
“Alice is great, she’s fitted in perfectly and brings her own unique style to the team,” said Jay, who is from Abergele in North Wales.
“This series, we’ve seen a lot more shocking tattoos and crazy stories that are more challenging to cover up.
“But they’ve been covered with more impressive pieces that have really pushed us to our limits.
“Fans of the show won’t be disappointed.”
Tattoo Fixers starts on Tuesday, December 22, at 9pm on E4.
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