An Australian woman who completely transformed herself from a ‘plain’ girl-next-door into a heavily tattooed adult model has revealed how her extreme ink and body modifications have changed her life.
She told Brisbane radio show Robin, Terry & Kip last week that having 600 tattoos, which cover 99 per cent of her body, sometimes makes her daily life challenging. ‘I am getting very heavily tattooed, but I’m not harming anyone in the process,’ she told radio hosts Kip Wightman joins Robin Bailey and Terry Hansen.
Amber Luke, 27, also known as Dragon Girl, has spent $250,000 on tattoos, piercings and surgery to achieve her desired look – but says she faces discrimination in public and in the workplace as a result.
She added that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but she finds it ‘distressing’ when people make unkind remarks in public – especially when they say she has ‘ruined’ her looks with tattoos.
‘But, what gets to me is when someone expresses their opinion to me in public and comes up to me and says, “Oh, you’re ugly,” or, “You’ve ruined yourself.”‘ She continued: ‘It’s very distressing to know that people have that strong opinion and they can just voice it without any sort of repercussions.’
‘Everyone has their own opinions of what beauty is,’ she said. ‘You see these cultures [where people] stretch their necks, their ears, their lips. But at the end of the day, we all are entitled to our opinion and that’s okay.
Amber also revealed she struggles to find a job because of how she looks. ‘I’m not going to sugar coat it, it has limited my [employment] options but that’s okay,’ she said.
‘Because the way I see it is, I don’t want to work for a company that’s shallow-minded [and can’t] look past my image. ‘They won’t look at my work ethics, they won’t look at my morals or my values or what I have to bring to the table.’
Amber previously said having so many tattoos and body modifications was ‘worth it’ because she’d learned ‘how resilient I am’ by pushing her body to the extreme. ‘I don’t want to work for a company that’s shallow-minded enough look… like it isn’t looking past my image,’ she said
She also said she’d gone into shock and had fits during some procedures, despite not being epileptic. ‘I was 16 when I got my first tattoo. It was a negative energy release. It was a milestone for me,’ she told Studio 10 last month.
She also admitted to getting her tongue split twice, after the procedure didn’t work the first time. She described the pain as ‘excruciating’ when she had the procedure redone, as the modifier had to cut through scar tissue.
‘The experience I went through made me extremely resilient and so strong. I have gained so much knowledge about anatomy,’ she said. ‘I’ve gone into shock so many times I’ve had fits and I’m not epileptic’.
She has previously spoken about her mental health battles, saying that body modifications helped her to become more comfortable in herself. In 2020, she shared a photo on Instagram of herself at age 18, and wrote: ‘I was so catatonically depressed, suicidal and was a walking dead girl.
The OnlyFans model once injected blue ink into her eyeballs during an excruciating 40-minute procedure which left her blind for three weeks. She has also spent $70,000 on extreme body modifications including a tongue split, breast augmentation, cheek and lip fillers, pointed implants in her ears and a Brazilian butt lift.
‘I was numb. I hated myself majority of the time that hatred ran deep. It tormented me. ‘Now, I’ve totally transformed myself into someone I’m proud of being. I’m a strong woman who knows exactly what she wants and who she is.’
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