Brisbane mum Daisy Foxglove says she is one of the “most boring” people she knows.
Her ideal evening involves channelling her “inner grandma” by curling up with a blanket, a good book and a freshly brewed cup of tea.
She loves spending her weekends hanging out with her three-year-old daughter, with the pair going for leisurely walks to the local park and having movie nights at home surrounded by snacks.
But the 29-year-old, who is covered head to toe in approximately 200 tattoos, says many people do not believe her when she explains just how wholesome her everyday life is, because of the way she looks.
“Most just assume I am some crazy party animal,” Daisy told news.com.au.
“It’s hilarious, because I am really so boring. I’m such a homebody, I love just curling up with a great read and a big cup of tea.
“That’s my idea of a fun time. People often think my weekends are spent out partying, or doing drugs, or getting drunk, things like that.
“It couldn’t be more different. I am usually just going for a walk at the park, drawing with my daughter, or watching a great movie at home.
“I have never been that wild, so that really shocks people when I tell them about my life.”
Daisy has always adored all different types of tattoos, and got her first when she was just a teenager, with her parents permission.
Her fascination for the art never wavered, and today she has – on estimation – around 150 to 200 different pieces of work all over her body, including her neck and face.
The mum turned her passion into a career by opening her very own tattoo studio, Lovesick Tattoos in Brisbane, where she is often booked out for weeks, and even months, at a time.
While she loves her ink, Daisy admits that it can mean she is treated differently by members of the public.
Simply because of the way she looks, she has experienced instances of being judged and excluded by other parents.
“My tattoos do often incite some type of reaction,” she explained.
“Older people especially will usually stare or say something under their breath.
“I find other parents generally avoid me if I take my daughter to the park to play or somewhere like that.
“They’ll usher their child away from mine. It’s sad and strange behaviour.
“I’ll see mums gravitate toward each other, and make friends and connections when they’ve never met before.
“That’s never happened to me. If I try to reach out, I’ll typically get shut down, rejected and ignored.”
A frightening reality Daisy often faces – far worse than being judged by other parents – is how she is often sexually harassed by men while out and about.
She says this began when she was a teenager, with the frequency and severity of the harassment peaking in her mid twenties.
Despite it becoming a bit less common, she is still often subjected to unwelcome advances and creepy behaviour from men.
“Some males have preconceived ideas about what women with tattoo are like,” she said.
“I think they’re perceived as a bit more sexually open, kinkier and up for anything. But you can’t tell that about a person until you get to know them.
“I’ve had men tell me that I must like pain, with a creepy look. They usually ask about what tattoos I have under my clothes.
“I know how to handle myself, but I’m also really tiny at 4ft 11. So I do get scared sometimes.
“I used to have a dagger on my sternum, and I actually had it removed because of the amount of comments I’d get from men.
“They would point out that it was phallic looking and on my chest. Not great.”
One particular incident that occurred recently saw Daisy go viral on TikTok, where she shared a scary encounter she had with a man.
Sitting at the train station, the mum explained that the stranger began commenting on her tattoos in an inappropriate way, before asking her what ones she had “under her clothes”.
“I was waiting for a train, and I can hear someone muttering something about tattoos,” she said.
“I didn’t turn around and look, because even though I try to be friendly, I’m not actively trying to engage in conversation.
“He walks around in front of me because I’m not paying attention to him, and says ‘I like your tattoos’.
“It’s nearly always men that approach me and tell me they love my tattoos, but what they usually mean is they love that I’m a woman with tattoos.
“I smiled and said thank you, but he kept staring at me and said it again.
“Then he said, ‘I just want to see what’s under the black now’, referring to the black jumpsuit I was wearing.
“He is staring at me in the eyes, and then says ‘surely they must go all the way down right’, and then makes a creepy obscene gesture about looking under my clothes.
“I find talking to men like they’re a naughty child and shaming them loudly tends to work for me.
“I said ‘we don’t talk about women’s bodies like that when we don’t know them do we?’.
“He walked away angrily and muttered ‘that’s okay, I’ll just imagine it’.
Daisy is sharing her story to help break down the stigma that many tattooed men and women face, and to make people aware that you can never judge a book by its cover.
“There are so many different forms of body modification,” she said.
“Fake tan, eyelashes, fillers, a crazy haircut. There are so many ways we can express our identity.
“It’s about customising your outside to a way that feels authentic to the inside.
“At the end of the day, everyone should do whatever they like to their own bodies, without any harassment or judgments.”