Builder's holy tattoo conversion

Builder Lee Mayes says as soon as he saw the ancient Celtic crosses at Llantwit Major he knew he had to have them on his arm.

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Builder's tattoo conversion after seeing holy cross

The builder was working on a restoration project involving one of Britain's earliest Christian crosses. Credit: Church in Wales

Builder Lee Mayes was inspired by his church renovation project so much - he had the chapel's holy crosses tattooed on his arm.

The 43 year-old site manager was working at St Illtud’s Church in Llantwit Major where celtic crosses have been rehoused in a 13th century chapel.

“I’m not a religious person but as soon as I saw the Celtic designs I knew that I wanted to be involved in this project. I saw the designs on the stones and thought to myself, ‘I’m going to have that on my arm,’” said Lee.

The tattoo was done by local artist Matt Faulkner in Llantwit Major. Credit: Church in Wales

The crosses which date back more than 1,000 years were relocated during a £850,000 refurbishment project which has seen the roofless ruin brought back to life a visitor centre.

The Abbot Samson’s Pillar Cross at St Illtud’s was rediscovered in 1789. Credit: Church in Wales

The Galilee Chapel will be officially opened on Saturday, November 2, by the oldest member of the church 94 year-old Gladys Kilby.

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