Mum-of-two knocks security guards who follow her about in shops and parents who cross the roads to avoid her because of her extreme tattoos (photos)
Amy Smith, 23, from Leicester, UK, has tackled trolls for hating on her appearance.
Smith, a mum of two, has been getting inked since the age of just 13 where she started with hand-poked tattoos.
She now says she receives heavy judgement from people due to the amount of ink on her body.
She claims security guards follow her in shops and other parents avoid her when crossing the road to keep her away from their kids.
Amy said: “Now, I have two children, Elijah and Remy, my tattoos attract a lot of attention.
“Some parents cross the road to get their kids away from me, and I tend to get followed by security in shops that don’t know me.
“My kids have witnessed the negative comments and they see the way that it makes me feel.
“I feel like my kids are far more accepting than most people because of it. However, it can also be really heart-warming.
“I get spoken to a lot at events and parents have turned round and told me they would love to be able to have tattoos like mine.
“I know that as a parent, I shouldn’t be scared to be who I want to be.”
She added: “Sometimes people tell me, ‘you’re a parent’ or ‘you’re a woman,’ so I ‘shouldn’t look like this’.
“I’ve had my fair share of backlash. Still, some of the responses I’ve had make me feel really great.
“I’ve had messages on Instagram with people telling me that I’ve inspired them to get a tattoo that they wanted.
“I don’t regret a thing – my tattoos have changed my life. It’s brought so many opportunities to do some really amazing things.
“I’m comfortable with who I am, and I want to encourage my children to feel the same way.”
Amy admitted: “I’ve always been interested in tattoos.
“I remember watching Miami Ink when I was 10, and from then, my heart was set on getting tattoos and learning how to do them.
“I got my first tattoo at 13 – a stick-and-poke, but because I was so hell-bent on learning how to do tattoos.
“I was bought a tattoo machine for my 14th birthday. That really helped me to get the practice I needed to get into the industry.”