'My Hangover-style face tattoo leaves people thinking I'm unemployable and a bad dad'

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Luke Morrison-Williams, 47 -Credit:No credit

A dad who took the plunge and got a Mike Tyson-style face tattoo says it has left people judging him by appearances.

Recovery worker Luke Morrison-Williams says he's been refused entry to pubs and gets started at in public. But the 47-year-old is adamant the inking helps him when working with people who have struggled with addiction and homelessness.

He says the tattoo - like one received by a character in the Hangover films - makes him more relatable to people with "troubled pasts". Sadly, it has also meant he's been denied entry to clinics as they think he is a patient rather than staff.

And he says he regularly gets stared and pointed at in public but Luke wants people to understand that just because he has a face tattoo, it doesn't mean you're unemployable.


Luke, from Cannock, Staffordshire., said: "I'm quite heavily tattooed so it's just an extension of that I knew I was going to get some pushback, but it's been quite full on. I've not been allowed into pubs or served because of the way I look, and I get stared and pointed at quite often, even in supermarkets, and elderly people look at me like I'll mug them."

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Luke with his partner -Credit:No credit

"I work with any kind of addiction, including heroin addiction, I give out methadone scripts. It helps because I'm more relatable to some of the people we work with."

"They've come out of prison and see me and gravitate towards me because they see me as more equal than someone in a shirt and tie. It seems to be a big opinion out there that if you've got face tattoo, you're unemployable - but it's just a bit of ink on your face."

The dad-of-one went under the tattoo needle in 2009 aged 32, saying he'd always liked the idea of a face tattoo. He says he didn't expect for it to be as frowned upon as it was but if he could go back, he would still get the ink.

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Luke Morrison-Williams getting his face tattoo -Credit:No credit

Having been in a recovery worker role for 20 years, Luke says he works with people who have experienced addiction and homelessness, as well as troubled youths and offenders. And he says some people think he shouldn't be employed in the job he has, but Luke argues the tattoo helps him build trust with patients.

In 2015, Luke was granted full custody of his now 19-year-old daughter - and says people were surprised he had been due to his face inking. Now, he says he thinks face tattoos are becoming more common and people with bold ink need to be seen in the kind of role he has.

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Luke has been denied entry to clinics -Credit:No credit

"I think there's always going to be that taboo, [face tattoos are] becoming more common though," said Luke. "When I got full custody people think 'why would a judge give you custody' - they say how bad must the mum have been for you to have full custody.

"People see I work alongside the NHS just because you've got a tattoo on your face doesn't mean you can't do a job or work with people.

"I'd still get it done knowing what I know now, although there's quite a lot of negatives there's a lot of positives too."