A MUM has spent £12k getting inked and now people want to date her or tell her she's going to hell.
Tatt artist and mum-of-one Raven Moreira said that until she got her first tattoo at 18, she lacked confidence – but that things have changed since then.
The 26-year-old Brazilian estimates that up to 70 per cent of her body is now tattooed, along with extreme modifications such as eye colouring.
And although Raven loves her look – which she has spent around £12,800 on – she says that not everyone is so keen.
"People's reactions to me vary a lot," said Raven.
"Although there are many people who abhor my look, most praise me and are inspired by who I am today.
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"I've heard all kinds of comments possible, even people saying 'you're going straight to hell for being like this' or 'it's ruining your beauty'.
"However, others say 'you are my inspiration, as a mother, as a person', call me 'a goddess' or say 'I wish I had your strength'."
Raven, who has a five-year old daughter Mikaelly and co-parents with her ex-partner, didn’t always see herself as strong, and before her body modifications lacked confidence.
"Before the changes I was a shy person," said Raven.
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"I was afraid to speak, I didn't know how to express myself, I didn't feel enough.
"I got my first tattoo when I was eighteen, but the modifications and extreme tattoos I started doing two years ago.
"Today I believe that I have 60 to 70 per cent of my body tattooed.
"I had the eyeball colouring done one year ago and the splitting of the tongue seven months ago.
"I had dental implants placed two years ago – it was my first significant modification.
"I think I've spent an average of £12,800 or more with all the modifications including the tattoos, I stopped counting a while ago."
Raven’s unique looks also attract plenty of attention, and she receives both marriage proposals and offers of sex regularly.
"My look attracts a lot of admirers of all sexes," she said.
"I get proposals – both marriage and sexual – all the time.
"Even though they feel desire for someone they barely know, I really like to feel wanted – but I always make it clear that I am not a sexual object.
"I believe people have a certain fetish for something they can't understand, and a lot of curiosity too.
"My look affects my romantic relationships a lot, I think because I'm still discovering myself.
"I am not a woman of many loves, and I have a strong personality, it gets in the way of my romances a lot.
"Even with all the changes I've had, I'm still a girl who dreams of a happy family, a reciprocal love, someone who accepts me as I am, and doesn't try to change or mould me."
Raven’s family and friends are supportive of her looks – although some call her crazy.
"Although my family don't understand my choices very well, they accept me as I am, and are proud of my achievements as a person.
"Of my friends, some say it's crazy, others use me as a reference of 'strength and personality' and admire me for always fighting for what I want."
And while she appreciates the support, the main person that Raven is looking for approval from is herself.
"Today I am a more centred person, my high esteem has improved 100 percent," she said.
"I'm not afraid to be me.
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"I am not the same person I was three years ago and I believe that in a year I will be very different from what I am today.
"My goal is to evolve as a person and change myself much more until I feel totally good about myself."
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