Jordan now. Photograph: Alan Powdrill for the Guardian
I wanted to work in something meaningful, so I got a job at my local vets. Ive now been there for 22 years. Its not pushing bits of paper around. Its a real job where you can make a difference to how animals are cared for. Punk showed me you could be whatever you wanted to be, and thats the way Ive lived my life. I havent changed.
A lot of my old teachers still live locally and bring their animals in. They remember all the trouble I got in at school. I had a row with my headmaster. He said, I cant have you looking like this. Youve got red and pink hair. Youve got a mohican. Theyll all start copying you. I told him, No ones going to copy me. Look at them. Theyre laughing. They made me wear a headscarf when I walked between lessons. Now these teachers say, Oh, I always loved how you looked. A bit of history has been rewritten.
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