World’s most pierced woman.

This story ran in the Telegraph today – not important, but interesting I think. Although tattoos and piercings are still quite fashionable I’ve always regarded them as form of self-mutilation. For those of you out there whose anorak is as big and bulky as my own, here is a learned treatise on some aspects of tattoo-ing and why people might do it: Anderson, M. & Sansone, R.A. (2003). Tattooing as a means of acute affect regulation. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 10, 316-318. I’m not suggesting this lady is mentally ill or anything – or that you have to be mad to tattoo yourself – she is probably more “normal” than many of us.

Elaine Davidson, the world’s most pierced woman, has added yet more metal adornments to her body, bringing the grand total to 6,005.
When first accredited by a Guinness World Record official in 2000, Davidson had 462 piercings, with 192 in her face alone.

Now, nine years later, she has 6,005 including more than 1,500 that are “internal”.

However, despite her eye-watering record, Miss Davidson, born in Brazil, claims she doesn’t like being pierced, and suffers for her art.

She said: “I don’t enjoy getting pierced, but to break the record you have to get to a high level.

“I wanted to break the record.

“My family don’t even like tattoos or piercings.

“But I am happy. I decided to change myself and be me.”

Miss Davidson, a nurse who now lives in Edinburgh, was speaking in Darlington, Durham, as she opened a piercing studio.

She officially cut the ribbon at Arcadia.

Shop owner Les Fry said: “Elaine is a friend and she very kindly agreed to open the shop.

“We have got an excellent piercing artist who can perform the most up-to-date techniques.”

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