Meet tattoo royalty

Jackson Reece and Becca Bowen named tat king and queen
By Stina Sieg | Nov 29, 2012
Photo by: Stina Sieg Jackson Reece's tattoo celebrates his love of motorcycles — even after an accident left him unable to walk.

It's been said that tattoos are like potato chips. You can't have just one.

Call it a fascination, addiction or even a passion, but people these days are intrigued by (and covered with) more tattoos than ever. So, it makes sense that when Heidi B. Haywood, The Mountaineer's de facto Facebook mascot, asked Haywood County folks to send in pictures of their tattoos for a competition, the tats came rolling in.

There could only be two winners, however, one for the ladies and one for the gents. Meet Becca Bowen and Jackson Reece, the newly crowned Tattoo King and Queen of Haywood County. Both received the most "likes" for their tattoos, but that's about where their similarities end. For Bowen and Reece, like so many lovers of ink, their tattoos tell deeply individual stories — of their past, their present and maybe even their future.

Jackson Reece

Age: 26

Town: Clyde

Number of tats: 6

Tattoo artist of choice: Nate Pooler, Euphoria Tattoo in Waynesville

Becca Bowen

Age: 40

Town: Cruso

Number of tats: 15

Tattoo artist of choice: Lee Brooks of Art Infusion (now in Arden, formerly in Frog Level)

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