‘I’m tattooed with 100 traumatic fan designs and won’t stop until I’m covered’

A self-taught tattoo artist has covered her body in nearly 100 inkings from designs sent in by fans – for a hugely important reason.

Chelsea Rohrbough, from West Virginia in US, started doing tattoo requests two months ago to "raise awareness" for the traumas that her followers were going through.

The 31-year-old has gathered over 7,000 requests after documenting the designs on TikTok.

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In her posts, she inked a trans person's name on her leg after they were "disowned by their family".

Another follower asked to tattoo a broken phone screen to represent the victims "who were groomed online".

Some other designs included a button for a victim of sex trafficking and a dolphin for a young girl who killed herself.

Chelsea sees her TikTok page as a "safe space" for people who had painful experiences.

"I've put on murder cases that got no justice, sex trafficking cases, transgender people who've not been accepted by their parents," she said.

"I want to bring awareness to those things. I pick the ones that will bring the most awareness and sometimes simpler ones."

The single mum-of-two now has 96 inkings on her body, mainly covering her legs and arms and aims to do two a day until she runs out of space.

Despite having nearly 100 requested tattoos, Chelsea knows exactly what story each represents and says she is asked about them "all the time" when she goes out.

She said: "I wear shorts all year round and random people stop me at the grocery store and ask who does them."

Chelsea admitted this new venture has allowed her to "feel good" knowing that she's "helping others".

And she plans to keep tattooing until she runs out of space, before passing the baton on to a list of fellow TikTok creators to continue.

She said: "I still have a good bit of room but I don’t know how the heck I’m supposed to reach the back of my leg.

"By the time I stop it’ll be past 10,000 requests and the plan is to have a few TikTokers who are going to carry it on for me on their bodies.

"Then they’ll continue the list of requests whilst starting their own list of requests.

"I don’t want it to end with me. I want it to go further so people can still get their bad experiences out and let someone else do that for them."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.


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