'Winnipeg's worst tattoo' gets a make-over

Rebecca Ellis (l) and Aarom Hemmersbach display her tattoo replacements at Iron Lotus Body Art in...

Rebecca Ellis (l) and Aarom Hemmersbach display her tattoo replacements at Iron Lotus Body Art in Winnipeg, Man. Wednesday May 28, 2014.(Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency)

Doug Lunney, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

Rebecca Ellis has gone from having "Winnipeg's worst tattoo" to one that has her beaming.

You may recall, Ellis won our contest dubbed Winnipeg's Worst Tattoo last year, which had 87 entries. Her prize was a free cover-up tattoo from Iron Lotus Body Art on Pembina Highway.

It took a while for her schedule to allow her to have the work done, but last week she received her final touch-ups from Iron Lotus artist and owner Arrom Hemmersbach, and she's thrilled with the results.

"They are so well done," Ellis said on Tuesday. "They're beautiful. I love them."

In 2009, Ellis got a maple leaf tattoo in honour of her late grandmother, who was born on Canada Day. Shortly after she added a shamrock tattoo to celebrate her Irish background.


Rebecca Ellis' tattoos before the touch-up. (Winnipeg Sun)

It wasn't long before she grew to hate them, feeling they looked more like a young child's artwork than that of a professional.


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