By Giacomo Brunelli @GiacomoBrunelli
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Amber Luke, from Brisbane, Australia, has gone from 0 to over 200 tattoos in under seven years and has even had her eyeballs tattooed bright blue and tongue split
She was diagnosed with severe clinical depression at just 15 years old. But the model got her first tattoo done at the age of 16 and claims it felt like “a release of negative energy” for her.
Since then she hasn’t stopped and has recently started getting body modifications such as a breast augmentation and plans a Brazilian butt lift.
Now, her aim is to be 100% covered in tattoos by the time she is 25.
Amber told Barcroft TV that the eyeball tattoo was excruciatingly painful: “It felts like he grabbed ten shards of glass and rubbed them in my eye, that happened four times per eye, it was pretty brutal.”
Tattooing of the eyeballs can be dangerous, which Amber learned when she was temporarily blinded for three weeks.
However, Amber considers the eyeball tattoo her favourite one: “It’s because it was hands down the most excruciating pain I have endured, that’s the coolest thing.”
Tattooing is more than just the aesthetics for Amber.
She said: “It’s about being able to express myself, it’s enduring the pain”.
When her mother Vikki found out about the eyeball tattoo, she was very upset: “I cried, I said what the hell are you thinking of and why are you doing it to yourself?”
Having grown up in the countryside, Amber’s mother was not accustomed to tattoos, but since her daughter’s transformation her views have evolved.
She said: “It’s not been any easy journey - the hardest part was that over the years she never saw herself as beautiful, she didn’t see herself through my eyes.
“My opinion has changed because I now realise it’s what’s inside that makes you who you are.
“This is not about me, it’s about my daughter and her journey in life - I am a very supportive mother.”
Amber has struggled with mental health issues since a young age.
Getting her first tattoo done at the age of 16 felt like “a release of negative energy” for her.
Since then she has kept getting more and more and plans to never stop: “I plan to get tattooed until I’m on my death bed.”
When asked about regrets, Amber says there isn’t a single tattoo she regrets yet: “I’ve done them very tastefully, very carefully, set it all out - I planned it really well so there is not one thing I regret at all.”
Her love life, however, has been affected by her tattoos.
She said: “People are interested in me but I’m just a fascination for them, and that dies off after a while so it’s a bit disappointing.”
Since her transformation, Amber has also become fascinated with Satanism.
She explaimed: “I was a heavy worshipper of the Lord but felt like I was let down every single day - I did a bit of digging and learnt Satanism is all about individualism, all about expressing yourself.”
She has even experimented with Satanic rituals in her house: “I didn’t use blood or anything like that, I wrote a passage on paper and had a few candles burning - all the windows in the house were shut but there was a draft - it was very eerie.”
Amber now sports various Satanic tattoos, including the number 666 on her cheek and a devilish bat on her back.