Tattoos don’t carry the stigma they used to - funeral man

Bryan Perry shows his religious and life & death inspired ink. Photo: Tamara MacKenzie / The Morning Bulletin
Bryan Perry shows his religious and life & death inspired ink. Photo: Tamara MacKenzie / The Morning Bulletin Tamara MacKenzie ROK240214tktatt

"I HOPE you have a good job, mate," were the words uttered by the tattoo artist as he started work on Bryan Perry's hand.

Although married, Bryan said he chooses not to wear a ring due to his line of work.

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"In the morgue you have to wear gloves, and when taking them off they can get caught in the rubber and lost forever," he said.

"I chose to have a ring tattooed on my finger instead so that I never have that problem."

It wasn't an easy decision. Bryan understands the importance of looking professional in his occupation as a funeral director.

Being his own boss however has its advantages and as Bryan explains, there's a change in the weather about judging people on their looks.

"I'm a firm believer in never judging a book by its cover," he said.

"Tattoos don't carry the stigma that they used to all those decades ago. It's becoming more socially acceptable, every second person is more than likely inked.

"For many of my clients, they notice the tattoos and it can be a point of conversation that can make them feel more relaxed that they are not dealing with a 'morbid' or 'depressing' person during a difficult time in their life."



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