This man got so angry about Southern Rail he decided to get a permanent reminder tattooed on his body.
Rauri Barratt, 36, is already covered in ink, but his new ‘Southern Rail are shit’ tattoo has to be the most original.
The video producer, from Brighton, got the tattoo on his ribs – an infamously painful place to have any tattoo – to symbolise the misery he repeatedly goes through.
He said: ‘Getting this done doesn’t hurt nearly as much as a Southern Rail journey.
‘I might end up regretting it but the point of this is to make a statement about Southern Rail.’
Mr Barratt kept the train company informed of the tattoo’s progress by live-tweeting the franchise as he was getting it done.
Mr Barratt said: ‘We are going to put pictures and video of the artwork on to Twitter so that people who are suffering from Southern Rail can tweet the tattoo to the management rather than take it out on staff.
‘To be honest, I have had a few nightmares on the service, but I haven’t personally suffered as much as others that have to deal with it on a daily basis.’
Mr Barratt set up a fundraiser online to fund the £136 body art, and he wasn’t short of donations from equally dissatisfied train passengers..
The design was also crowdsourced, with people offering their own ideas for the design.
Eventually Mr Barratt settled on a traditional train steaming out of a skull and crossbones with the words ‘Southern Rail are shit’ on the top and bottom.
Tattoo artist Ric Ruggeri, who trades under the name Brighton Ink, worked for more than four hours on the artwork.
He said: ‘I think it’s quite funny.
‘He’s obviously passionate enough that he’s going to have this tattoo on him for the rest of his life.
‘But it’s tattoos like this that give me business in a year or two’s time when I have to cover it up – although that will be virtually impossible with this one.’
When asked how he would explain the tattoo to any future grandchildren, Mr Barrett said: ‘I’ll tell them that back in the day before everyone drove hover cars, everybody used to get on these huge metal snakes that were poorly run.
‘I’m sure they’ll understand.’
Southern Rail said it did not wish to comment on the tattoo.
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