Aspiring UK model Ellia Beasley sat under a needle for ten painful hours when she decided to cover up a tattoo of one of her favorite song lyrics.
Though Beasley loved the lyrics “scream your heart out” from the song Rooftops by Lost Prophets, the band’s singer was later exposed as a serial pedophile and child abuser, prompting Beasley to remove the words.
Ian Watkins’, the band’s singer, was sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was convicted of a string of child sex offenses including the attempted rape of a fan’s baby.
“When I found out about Ian Watkins I was disgusted,” Beasley said. “It’s wrong and he completely abused his power. I was ashamed I had something of his on my body and it’s stuck there.”
Beasley noted that she was never a huge fan of the band, but that she really like the lyrics when she was younger.
“'Scream your heart out' didn’t have any personal meaning but it was a line that stuck in my head and I liked singing it aloud,” Beasley said. “I wanted to have a tattoo across the bottom of my stomach and I thought lyrics would look good there.”
The tattoo was not Beasley’s first – in fact, she has more than 20 on her body.
After realizing that laser removal surgery was not a financially viable option for her, Beasley decided to cover the lyrics up with another tattoo. Though she initially contacted a number of tattoo artists, none of them could think of a way to cover it up.
Finally, Beasley was put in contact with tattoo artist Kevin Paul, who has inked the bodies of celebrities like Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles. He came up with the idea of covering the lyrics with an owl.
Though Beasley said the experience was horribly painful, she’s glad that the tattoo no longer exists. She’s also happy with the new design on her stomach.