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Disney-Obsessed Mom Spends Thousands On Tattoos To Turn Her Skin Into A Disney Shrine

Disney-Obsessed Mom Spends Thousands On Tattoos To Turn Her Skin Into A Disney Shrine
Jodie in Disneyland Paris in 2014 before she got tattoos (PA Real Life/Collect)

This cake designer marked her dad's sudden passing with a Jungle Book tattoo, which sparked an ink addiction and now has thousands of pounds worth of Disney designs covering her limbs.

Jodie Dunlop, lost her beloved dad Graham to a heart attack in December 2015. To honor him, she had Baloo (the bear from the animated film of the Rudyard Kipling book tattooed on her right arm).

And she was so impressed by the design that she booked another appointment the same day. That was the start of a journey that has seen her spend between 50 to 60 hours having a Disney gallery.

Jodie, Caitlin and Jonny (PA Real Life/Collect)

“I had a few tattoos before I got my Jungle Book one, but they were all very small and subtle," Jodie said.

“I'd always wanted lots more tattoos, but worried that people would judge me a certain way, or that it'd harm my job prospects. Most people are positive, but some people do still stereotype you if you have visible tattoos."

“Losing my dad made me realize that life is short, so I just went for it."

Jodie as a child, with her dad Graham (PA Real Life/Collect)

“I've loved Disney all my life. It never fails to make me smile and the films show that there's always something to look forward to. Despite all the obstacles, there will always be a happy ending of some sort," she said.

From an early age, Jodie was especially captivated by the Jungle Book.

Some of her favorite childhood memories are of watching the 1967 movie with her dad Graham.

Jodie as a baby, with her dad Graham (PA Real Life/Collect)

And when she went through his things after his passing, she realized the film had meant a lot to him, too.

“I was going through his Sky Plus and found that he had recorded The Jungle Book, ready to watch with the family at Christmas, which was just after he passed," she said.

“The film had meant so much to me. I'd watch it on repeat with him as a kid. I even had one of the songs – Bare Necessities – played at his funeral."

Jodie's Little Mermaid tattoo, which covers her leg (PA Real Life/Beau Tattoo at Blue Cardinal Tattoo Studio/@beautattoo)

In May 2016, Jodie decided to immortalize her love for him with a tattoo, fittingly, a Jungle Book themed design.

Given the huge sentimental value of the tattoo, she took care in finding an artist, eventually settling on Beau of Blue Cardinal Tattoo.

“Her work is just incredible. The colors are so vivid and vibrant. She'd done some other Disney designs, too, so she was perfect," said Jodie.

Over the course of five hours, Jodie had Baloo, Mowgli and King Louie, inked onto her right arm. Booking a second appointment straight after to add Bagheera to her existing design.

Next, she added more characters until she had a Jungle Book sleeve covering her entire right arm.

“Beau is very talented and so very in demand. This means that sometimes there can be a bit of a wait for an appointment, but I wouldn't go to anyone else," she said.

Jodie, Caitlin and Jonny at Disneyland in 2014 (PA Real Life/Collect)

A self-confessed Disney obsessive, Jodie has now steadily added to her themed tattoo collection.

Her left forearm is covered by a huge picture of Bambi and Faline. And, every inch of skin on her lower right leg is coated in a Little Mermaid design, depicting Ariel, King Trident and Flounder.

She also has Belle, the Beast, Mrs Pots and Chips from Beauty and the Beast on her left thigh, posed in front of a fairytale castle. As well as Bambi and Thumper on her hands and Marie from the Aristocats on her lower left leg.

The outline of Jodie's Beauty and the Beast tattoo (PA Real Life/Beau Tattoo at Blue Cardinal Tattoo Studio/@beautattoo)

“I have a second Thumper tattoo there too," she said. “I've tried to group them all together by story, so I've got my Jungle Book arm, my Little Mermaid leg and my Beauty and the Beast thigh."

“I'm going to fill the lower part of my left leg with any other Disney characters I've missed out."

“There's already no skin left between my knee and ankle on my right leg, but I'm hoping to have all four limbs completely covered in Disney designs. I think it'll take about two or three more years of tattooing to get there. I also love Harry Potter, so I'm planning to dedicate my back to Hogwarts-themed tattoos."

Jodie's Little Mermaid tattoo, which covers her leg (PA Real Life/Beau Tattoo at Blue Cardinal Tattoo Studio/@beautattoo)

And it is not just the memory of her dad that make Jodie's Disney tattoos so special.

In 2014, two years before she had any of her fairytale designs, she enjoyed an unforgettable holiday to Disneyland Paris, with her partner Jonny and they daughter Caitlin.

“The magic of it all was amazing. I loved every second. We must've watched every parade, firework display and show going," she said.

Jodie's Bambi leg tattoo (PA Real Life/Beau Tattoo at Blue Cardinal Tattoo Studio/@beautattoo)

“Some of the best memories of my life were made on that trip, so the tattoos remind me of that too," she continued.

“Obviously, at Disneyland there's lots of merchandise for sale. I bought a little bit – some Christmas decorations and t-shirts – but to be honest, I'd rather put my money towards more Disney tattoos."

“Sometimes people ask me if I'm worried about what they'll look like when I'm old, but that really doesn't worry me," she said.

“I also get asked a lot if they hurt – the answer is yes, definitely!"

Jodie's Jungle Book sleeve (PA Real Life/Beau Tattoo at Blue Cardinal Tattoo Studio/@beautattoo)

“It's funny, because Jonny's covered in tattoos too, but he gets very different reaction. I think because he's a big burly man with a beard, some people almost see it as intimidating," Jodie said.

“There's a stereotype and misconception that people with tattoos are thugs who would snatch your purse, but Jonny is the sweetest man going and would be the one running after it to get it back."

“Because my tattoos are bright and colorful, people are mostly kind about them. I get asked for photos a lot."

Caitlin in a princess dress (PA Real Life/Collect)

A Disney fan herself, Caitlin is delighted that her mom's skin is virtually a living storybook of all her favorite fairytales.

“Caitlin loves my tattoos, although sometimes she gets sick of me getting stopped," Jodie said.

“If we do something like go swimming, where they're more on display, she'll roll her eyes and march ahead while everyone stares at me open-mouthed."

Jodie's Thumper hand tattoo (PA Real Life/Beau Tattoo at Blue Cardinal Tattoo Studio/@beautattoo)

By speaking out, Jodie hopes to encourage people to be less judgmental about tattoos and wants to thank Beau for her artistry.

“It's difficult to add it all up as I have done everything in instalments, but I must've spent 50 to 60 hours and thousands of pounds on my tattoos," she said.

“I'd spend double that in a heartbeat, though. They're worth every penny. I am so used to them now that it feels strange to see pictures of myself without them. They've become a part of me."