There ink no stopping her now . .
Being on the dole was giving single mum Kirsty Marland the needle – so she took the plunge and launched her own tattoo parlour.
Now the 30-year-old is turning her life around and is a real example of how hard work and determination can make a difference.
Kirsty opened Beautiful Custom on Pall Mall, Chorley, in April last year.
She admitted it has been harder than she expected, but said she is determined to succeed.
“It’s been a struggle, I can say that, just funding and things like that,” said Kirsty.
“I’ve had to borrow money off people, and the stupid interest rates, to get where I am.
“It’s cost me a lot of money to set up, but I’m slowly getting there.”
Born and bred in Leyland, Kirsty has a daughter Paige, aged five.
She has tried her hand at a range of jobs and careers over the years – from apprentice jockey with trainer Geraldine Rees at Sollom, near Tarleton, to being a DJ.
And in between she has worked in a factory and sprayed cars.
Now she is hoping her new venture will be the one.
“I started getting tattoos myself and it was just one of those things,” she said.
“I’d always like drawing and loved the art side of it.
“I did three years’ unpaid training as an apprentice tattooist at three different studios.
“This shop came up and I thought, why not?”
Kirsty now hopes to tap into other sources of funding to help boost her business.
She said: “Apparently the first year is the hardest.
“I’m hoping it’s going to get better.
“I’m definitely determined, that’s for sure
“I’m hoping I can spread out and have other studios and other artists.”