Edmond woman inks a new image for a bad tattoo

Peyton Taylor looked to the stars of “Bad Ink” to make a demonic tattoo more heavenly.
BY CHRIS JONES, For The Oklahoman Published: February 3, 2014

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.

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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.”

Peyton Taylor,

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