THE thought of countless tattoos may scare some away, but not local Mandurah Miss Ink Australia entrants Kirsty Gray, Ali Quinn and Chevalle Everix.
The tattooed trio will head to Northbridge on July 21 to take part in the West Australian heats at night spot Black Betty’s, with three to be selected for the national competition on the Gold Coast early next year.
Kirsty, who has lost count of the number of tattoos on her body, said she would have spent more than 50 hours in the tattooist’s chair.
“The most painful tattoo was my chest,” the mother of one said.
But there were certain tattoos which held a special place in Kirsty’s heart.
“I love my sleeve and the tattoo on my neck which is for my mum.”
Both Kirsty and Ali were first inked at the age of 16, and said they didn’t have any regrets.
Mother of one Ali said while her tattoo on her elbow was most painful, she said it hadn’t deterred her.
“I have my tattoo on my calf which will be finished next week,” she said.
The girls have had the majority of their tattoos inked by local artist Dani.D and said the competition was a great way to display their art.
“It is all for a bit of fun,” Kirsty said.
The trio will be required to take part in three categories; formal, casual and bikini, but said the thought of speaking in front of everyone the most daunting.
The girls will be required to provide a tattoo biography and a blurb about themselves on the night and hope to win through to the next round.
“It would be nice to head to the Gold Coast,” Kirsty said.
Any one wanting to support the trio can head to Black Betty’s on Saturday, July 21 with doors open from 8pm, or visit the Miss Ink Australia facebook page for more information.