Standing at the altar, looking towards her husband-to-be, Lisa Gordon was likely feeling as though everything was falling into place. Having always envisioned marrying someone reliable and handsome, it seemed that her dreams were finally coming true. But this seemingly stable man with whom she’d chosen to settle down wouldn’t remain quite so normal for long.
Reflecting on her 2002 wedding to Keith nowadays, Lisa’s unable to stop pining for the man he once was. He’d seemed so steady, conventional even. And for several years into their marriage, this is how things remained. But after the birth of the couple’s youngest child in 2008, something changed in Keith.
About this time, Keith announced something to Lisa – he was having a skull tattooed onto his shoulder. By no means a fan of tattoos, Lisa was unhappy with Keith’s intentions – but he went ahead anyway. And things didn’t stop there. In fact, tattooing became a compulsion, and over subsequent years Keith spent thousands on covering his body.
Keith’s behavior, however, was not without precedent. A sufferer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), he’d had tattoos during his adolescence, but he later had them covered. As he explained to the Daily Mirror newspaper, “It was a mental health issue.” Having remained dormant for many years, however, his compulsion to get tattoos later returned – much to his wife’s dismay. As she reflected, “If I could get a magic wand, I would wave it and take all the tattoos off.”
Lisa appears to be horrified by her husband’s drastic transformation, unable to fully come to terms with his new appearance. But she nonetheless recognizes the positive impact they’ve had on his life – and she loves him all the same. “Before, he was depressed and suffered with OCD. He used to make me mad doing OCD stuff. Now he’s a lot calmer and happier,” she told the Daily Mirror in 2015. “He’s attractive to me because he’s my husband… He may be a monster, but he’s my monster.”