A 47-Year-Old Mother Covered Herself in One Direction Tattoos
A 47-year-old mother is probably a bigger One Direction fan than most 14-year-old girls. Jayne Bailey of Wolverhampton, West Mids in the U.K. has shown her dedication to One Direction in a huge, permanent and potentially painful way: she has over 20 tattoos dedicated to the British boy band.
The Daily Mail reports that Bailey has been a Directioner since the group first came to fruition in 2010 on ‘X Factor U.K.,’ often camping out overnight with her 13-year-old daughter, Aisling, for good seats to their concerts.
Her favorite was fellow Wolverhampton native Liam Payne at first, but the other four members (Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson) quickly grew on her as well … and boy, does it show. “I only watched the ‘X Factor’ to support Liam because his parents drink in my local pub,” Bailey said. “But I got hooked. When Liam came in for a drink over Christmas it made our year. He signed a hoodie for my daughter and a £10 note for me. He turned my £10 note into a million pounds. I have it framed.”
Bailey has since racked up 25 pieces of 1D body art, including the band’s logo on her wrist, each band member’s birthday and signature and even copied some of Styles’ own tattoos, getting her own bird etchings like the ones on his chest. She also has the same horse tattoo as Tomlinson.
Bailey got her first 1D inking in April of 2012 and says her ultimate goal is to get a full sleeve inspired by the band. Though she’s spent close to $600 on the tattoos so far, Bailey still wants more — and yes, she’s well aware of the fact that tattoos usually last longer than most boy bands’ tenure in the sun. “I do want more, but I’m a single mum,” she said, “so often it’s a choice between a tattoo and shopping — and we need to eat.”
Still, she’s relentless in her pursuit to resemble a tagged bathroom stall in a 1D World popup shop. “I love the band. I think they’re great, it’s something me and my daughter can do together,” Bailey explained. “People stare but I just get used to it. I’ve had abuse on Twitter — even from 13 and 14 year old girls. They say things like, ‘They will think you’re stupid, they’ll hate you.’ But I’m mature enough to know whether or not I want a tattoo. I had two before I got the 1D logo tattooed on my wrist.”
She continued, “Some people look at me strangely but the people that know me, know that it’s who I am. I’ll be devastated if they break up, but I’m old enough to know what I’m getting myself into.”
Let’s hope so!