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Trendy UK Bar Refuses Entry To Pub-Goer Because Of His Tattoos

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Trendy UK Bar Refuses Entry To Pub-Goer Because Of His Tattoos

Into body art? Even if you're not, you've probably got a mate or two who's absolutely covered in the things, and loves talking about them in the sort of trendy bar that asks if you want your craft ale served in a 'straight or handled' glass. ('I don't care, mate, I just wanted a pint.')

Chances are your pal has never been turned away from a drinking establishment because of his natty tatts, however, let alone for having too many - which is what happened to one man in Warwickshire.

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Darryl Timms, aged 40, says he and his partner, Amanda Tiff, 45, were on a night out in Leamington Spa when they tried to enter the Fizzy Moon Brewhouse - only to be told by a bouncer that he couldn't enter the popular night spot.

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An events and logistics co-ordinator from Hampton Magna, Darryl explains: "I went out with my partner and we went to the Fizzy Moon but we were stopped at the door.

"The bouncer said, 'Sorry, the management reserves the rights to admit people and we can't allow people who have got as many tattoos as you in the pub'.

"My partner told him, 'It's 2018, mate, get with the times'.

"He said, 'I know, I'm really sorry, I've got tattoos myself'."

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Credit: SWNS

Yep, Darryl says he was turned away from the nightspot by a doorman who was also covered in body art. I don't remember that being a line in Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic', but I'm sure it was covered in an early draft.

Darryl continues: "I said to him, 'Surely then you're not allowed in the pub'.

"But he said, 'I'm just here to do a job. I'm really sorry, it puts me in a bit of an awkward position'.

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"I thought it was an absolute joke.

"I'm covered head-to-toe in tattoos but the only ones you could see at the time were on my hands, face, head and neck.

"None of them are offensive and to not get into a pub because of them is ludicrous.

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Credit: SWNS
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"I wore jeans, a long sleeve top, a jacket, shoes and socks - the only tattoos on show were hands, face and neck - whether they didn't like the way I looked, I don't know.

"I know bouncers' jobs are hard enough - especially if people are drunk and disorderly. We'd been out 45 minutes and we'd only had a couple of drinks.

"It was like they thought I was a troublemaker because I had tattoos and a skinhead.

"It's not like Leamington is adverse to tattoos - there are at least seven or eight tattoo shops."

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He's not kidding when he says he's 'covered head-to-toe' in the things either - the 40-year-old claims to have spent more than £30,000 ($42,000) on ink over the past 15 years. Still, if you're gonna have a hobby, may as well be one you like, eh?

His first facial tattoo - a skeleton key and a keyhole with skull motif - was completed in 2014 and Darryl has since upped the ante by adding 13 more to the rest of his head. These include a crocodile exiting a coffin (well, why not?) and the number 77, referencing the year of his birth.

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Credit: SWNS

More recently he added to the set with a sacred heart and a demon's face on top of his head. Fair play, he's definitely committed to the cause.

Explaining his varied body art, Darryl says: "I've been getting tattoos for a number of years and I spent just over £33,000 on tattoos.

"I travel up and down the country to get them done - I'm more of an enthusiast than a collector of how many I've got.

"I started when I was 25. I stopped for about three or four years, but then five or six years ago I went crazy and kept going and getting them.

"I see tattoos as a way to express myself and a lot of people come up to me and say how amazing they are. It's a great conversation starter."

No wonder he's unimpressed with being turned away from the pub, then. He adds: "It seemed a pathetic excuse not to allow people in the pub because of tattoos.

"The manager or owner behind the policy needs to grow up and get with the times - it's 2018, not 1918."

The Fizzy Moon Brewhouse. Credit: SWNS
The Fizzy Moon Brewhouse. Credit: SWNS

However, Fizzy Moon owner Mo Kandola has since spoken about the decision to refuse Darryl entry, saying: "Every bar has a policy of some form of dress code but we don't have a policy here as long as people are reasonably presentable.

"Doormen have difficult jobs and they have to make judgements based on appearance and sometimes they make mistakes.

"By law, pubs and bars can refuse entry without any reason.

"For anybody who isn't happy, I am always happy to meet with them to try and resolve the issue."

Anyway, I hope Darryl managed to successfully get his hands on a pint somewhere.

Sorry, I'm still fuming about the 'straight or handled glass' thing.

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Topics: Tattoos, UK News, Bars

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