Peyton Taylor's 18th birthday tattoo was supposed to be angelic, a tribute to her grandmother who loved angels.
The image on her back turned out more demonic than heavenly.
“I had a feeling it looked bad,” Taylor said. “I went home and showed my family the tattoo. There was dead silence. The tattoo was scary and it was embarrassing.”
Taylor said she isn't sure what happened.
“I spent a lot of time looking for the angels my grandmother had in her collection and I brought a picture to a well-known tattoo place,” she said.
She wondered if someone could help her repair the image. She visited a few tattoo shops and asked tattoo artists if they could restore the wayward angel.
None of the artists were willing to attempt a beautification project and they suggested laser removal. But the cost of that method was not possible.
Taylor reached out to Rob Ruckus and Dirk Vermin, tattoo artists on the A&E show “Bad Ink.”
The Edmond 19-year old sent a video to the show's producers and she qualified for a tattoo remake.
“I was surprised because I didn't think my tattoo was bad enough to get on the show,” Taylor said. “I was happy they selected me, but also scared and nervous because I am camera-shy.”
She and her aunt flew to Las Vegas in December, for four days. The lights, street performers and water shows fascinated her on her first trip to the Strip.
Taylor said she liked Ruckus and Vermin and thought they were funny. She was happy they were serious too and listened to her talk about her grandmother and her reason for the angel, a peaceful angel.
“My grandmother took care of me and my sister,” Taylor said. “She was a Christian, a great lady and she never held a grudge. She always helped people and her death five years ago was unexpected.”
Taylor said tattoos, and especially one that has to be carefully restored, is not a process for those who can't stand pain.
“Tattoos hurt,” she said. “The “Bad Ink” guys told me I was a tough chick.”
It took seven hours to redo the angel tattoo.
Taylor said she is happy with the results and is relieved she can't find the old face in the new tattoo.
She said her friends tell her the new tattoo is a thousand times better.
“My life was a mess when I got the old tattoo,” Taylor said. “I wasn't happy. “This transformation of the tattoo is in a way symbolic of a better life for me.”
My life was a mess when I got the old tattoo. I wasn't happy. This transformation of the tattoo is in a way symbolic of a better life for me.”