I love my celeb-inspired face inking – but nan said I looked like a bloke and mum threatened to batter the tattooist

WHEN Tyla Livingstone told her mum Leah she was getting an inking on her face she threatened to 'batter' the tattoo artist – and then get her daughter, 23, sectioned.

But Tyla, from Lochgelly, Fife, Scotland, isn't alone in her love of extreme inkings.

Supermodel Cindy Crawford's son Presley Gerber shocked fans earlier when he revealed a tat under his eye reading 'misunderstood'.

Meanwhile other stars including Kayne West's ex Amber Rose revealed last week that the names of her children had been tattooed on her forehead.

Justin Bieber boasts facial inkings too although fans aren't impressed.

Now Tyla tells Fabulous Digital why she inked her face:

After receiving a terminal brain cancer diagnosis at 20 when my son was just weeks old and being given between 12 and 20 months to live, I realised quite quickly that life is too short not to do things that make you happy.

And I also realised that I needed to have faith so that I could fight the cancer I was suffering from, glioblastoma, which is so deadly it’s often referred to by people as ‘the terminator’. 

I was horrified to be diagnosed after suffering a sudden seizure in the bath while heavily pregnant and after six operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy I am now stable.

But – despite everything I’ve got on my plate – I’m also just a young girl in her 20s and I really, really like tattoos. 

I think they look great and are a cool way of expressing yourself which is why I don’t understand the fuss about Cindy Crawford’s son Presley Gerber – let him do what he wants.

Last year when I was 22 I decided to get a tattoo on my head – the closest place to my brain – saying ‘faith’. 

It’s because I need to have continued  faith that I can carry on fighting this tumour and living. Not just for me but for Preston, who is now two and needs his mum.

I’ve already exceeded doctors' expectations and am 26-months post diagnosis and I believe that is a result not just of their hard work, but my faith. 

I’d only had one tattoo before my head inking, writing on my foot saying ‘Living la vida loca’ which means ‘Living my crazy life’ in Spanish. 

Even so, I wasn’t scared about getting my face inked – I’ve been through so much, emotionally and physically, the thought of a needle coming into contact with my head, didn’t frighten me. 

Still, my mum Leah, now 43, and gran, Jacqueline, 66, weren’t impressed.

Actually they were – to put it mildly – horrified.

Mum threatened to fight the person who did it.

I can clearly remember her saying, ‘You’re crazy if you get that done… I’ll batter the tattooist’

She called me ‘mad’ and threatened to section me too.

Meanwhile gran said I’d look like a man if I tattooed my face.

I wanted to see what my friends thought too, so I put a stencil of the proposed tattoo on Facebook. 

Let’s just say the responses weren’t overwhelmingly positive. 

Many people said I was crazy for ruining my face for the rest of my life.

‘It’s huge,’ one person commented. 

‘It’s going to make a mess of your face,’ another mate added.

Even so, I wasn’t bothered. 

The glamour star Jemma Lucy has a face tattoo, and I thought she looked great so that inspired me to get it done.

Mum threatened to fight the person who did it. I can clearly remember her saying, ‘You’re crazy if you get that done… I’ll batter the tattooist’.

Still, with everyone being so negative, I had no one to go to the tattooist's with. So I went alone. 

They’re a local business and knew what was happening to me

When I explained why I wanted the word Faith they offered to tattoo it for free, although they were very responsible and made me think exactly what it meant to be permanently inked across the forehead.

The inking took just 30 minutes and barely hurt – but then I’ve had a LOT of needles poked into me over the years. 

Afterwards I was delighted. 

However, the doctors weren’t so impressed. Turns out you aren’t meant to get a tattoo during chemotherapy. 

Mum has warmed up to it now, and actually quite likes it, although my gran still doesn’t love it.

My mates think it is cool too. And every bloke I have dated seems to think I pull it off – or at least they haven’t said anything negative.

I don’t work because I am sick, but volunteer at McMillan Cancer Support and they are fine with it – I think they like it actually. 

If anyone asks about it (and believe me, they do) I always say the same thing: ‘I got it done for a dare when I was in Magaluf’.

I’ve never actually been to Magaluf. 

The only problem is that I get called Faith about twice a day. I don’t know why people think that I would get a tattoo of my own name… I am not likely to forget it. 

Still, even though, it provoked huge controversy, I’ll never regret it. It means so much to me. I’m more than two years since diagnosis. I had faith, I still do. Just look at my face.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer…

In the UK, 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Almost 80 per cent of adult brain tumour patients do not survive beyond five years .

The established treatment options for brain tumours haven’t changed in decades. This is because relatively small sums have been dedicated to brain tumour research, training and treatment.

Only 1.5 per cent of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to this horrendous disease – even though it kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

The mortality rate due to brain tumours has increased over the last 13 years.

Former Labour cabinet minister Tessa Jowell died from a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour, having campaigned for the need of more experimental treatments to be available for cancer sufferers in the last months of her life.

Jowell's daughter Jess Mills, 37, told Panorama that the only time her mother wept during her illness was over the “despicable” treatment of cancer victims and the lack of research funding.

Following Jowell’s death, Prime Minister Theresa May created a “mission” named after the mum-of-two to stimulate research and best clinical practice.

May promised to set up the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Fund and dedicate £40million to it.

Cancer Research UK will add £25million.

Meanwhile, a nurse who treats brain cancer patients diagnosed her own tumour – after spotting a poster at work.

And Emma thought her two-year-old boy was just being clingy – he was actually battling stage four cancer.


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