How this Irish man with bionic leg hopes his incredible tattoo will help others embrace their differences

July 2nd, 2017

From the article published on  

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Jamie Jay Car
A man with a bionic leg got an incredible tattoo of the prosthetic of his other leg and hopes it will help others to embrace their differences.
Film-maker Jamie ‘Jay’ Car said he used to be self-conscious about having a bionic leg but now he is proud of his body and wants others to feel the same.
Mr Car (26) told “I was born with a defect, a lot of people think I’m an amputee but basically I was born with one leg. “When I was born doctors said I would never walk but my mother disagreed and did everything she could and I was walking by the age of two with a prosthetic right leg.
“When I was born doctors said I would never walk but my mother disagreed and did everything she could and I was walking by the age of two with a prosthetic right leg.
“I don’t know what it would be like to have two legs so it hasn’t affected me in any way, other than the fact that people will ask me what happened to it.” Jamie, who is from Finglas in Dublin, said that although the inking was really painful he’s over the moon with the outcome.
He said: “I got the tattoo because I’m really proud of who I am, it sounds really cliché and cheesy but I wouldn’t change it, it made me who I am. “It took three sessions, about ten to twelve hours, it was really painful, I have other tattoos but none of them were as sore, I think it’s because I have a lot of muscle on my left leg from carrying me around, it was an absolute killer.
“I love the final outcome and I’m really proud of it, it’s really unique to me.” The film-maker shared a video of the tattooing session on his Facebook page The Buzz With Jamie Jay Car and said the reaction has been really positive.
He said: “Hopefully someone else who wears a prosthetic will see it and it’ll make them smile and make their day. “I was very insecure when I was younger about my leg and I wouldn’t wear shorts or anything and it was only when I reached my 20s that I became comfortable with it.
“If anything, I’d just like if helped anyone in a similar position to feel secure.” Have a look at his stunning video:

Pins N Needles at the Waterford City Tattoo Convention

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Pins N Needles has partecipated at the 4th Waterford City Tattoo Convention (June 9th, 10th and 11th 2017) All the staff present was so excited to be there! Greg’s stunning tattoo won the prize for the most original piece, and we say it’s well deserved! .

Our studio sponsor of Balbriggan FC

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We are proud to announce that our Balbriggan studio is the sponsor for Balbriggan FC. Balbriggan F.C. is one of the largest sporting clubs in Balbriggan with over thirty teams accommodating both children and adults who want to play football. To find out more about the team, visit their website

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Recently we held a charity day in aid of the The Andy Morgan Foundation Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness for which we made over 2,200 euro.

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Tattoo Aftercare And Advice

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Once you have gotten your tattoo you must follow these instructions carefully.  At the end of this post are what to do if you feel worried or your tattoo has become infected.  You can call the studio on 01 5455 899 Monday-Friday 11am to 9pm, Saturdays 11am to 6pm.

When your tattoo is finished

To be done 3 times daily till the tattoo is healed

Please DO NOT:

Only re-cover your tattoo if…

The only time you should re-cover your tattoo is for the gym or if you are working in a dusty/dirty environment.  The cover should be changed every couple of hours.  Follow these instructions: Common sense rules apply.  Please take care of your tattoo to ensure that it heals properly.  If you are unsure or a friend advises you to take different aftercare, please contact us first so we can advise you. ONCE YOU LEAVE OUR STUDIO THE TATTOO IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.  THERE ARE NO “FREE TOUCH-UPS” DUE TO BAD HEALING AS A RESULT OF NOT FOLLOWING THE PROPER AFTERCARE STEPS.

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