We just lately caught up with document holder Matt Gone (USA) in Colmar, France at a tattoo conference.
Matt has held the document of most squares tattooed on the physique since 2014 with a complete of 848, as verified on the set of Lo Present dei File in Milan, Italy.
The tattooed squares are unfold over Matt’s physique, with 201 squares tattooed on his head alone.
- Head: 201
- Shoulders: 190
- Torso and arms: 251
- Legs: 180
- Genitalia: 26
Once we spoke to him just lately, we requested – why squares?
“I spotted at a younger age that checkers had been in every single place. Youngsters’s toys, rest room flooring, artwork, trend, even in historic cave work,” mentioned Matt.
“It was an unique thought and in tattooing, that’s the toughest factor to do.”
“I’m asymmetrical – I’ve delivery defects on one facet of my physique – so I just like the symmetry of the checker that camouflages the asymmetry on my physique.”
Along with his sq. tattoos, Matt has plenty of different tattoos which have been executed by 155 totally different folks. These embody a phoenix (round his neck) flowers (on his ears) a compass (on the highest of his head) and far more.
In truth, throughout the tattoo conference in France, he had one other tattoo executed on the again of his proper calf, the enduring star and pedestal from the GWR brand.
“I barely really feel it,” mentioned Matt as he was getting inked.
“I don’t actually really feel tattoos – I don’t really feel a lot ache anymore.”
However that’s to not say he can’t recall a very painful tattooing expertise.
“Probably the most painful spot on the physique to get tattooed is the nostril. I sneezed black ink for about 20 minutes after that. It was probably the most painful factor I’d ever been by way of.”
Matt additionally has different physique modifications together with piercings and a laser model of a coronary heart on his chest, over his personal.
His love for tattoos began on the younger age of 14.
“My first tattoo, I did on myself at age 14 utilizing a needle and India ink.”
After I was 15 years previous, my mom couldn’t stand the do-it-yourself tattoo and let me get knowledgeable tattoo. That was 1985.”
“Tattooing wasn’t in style or cool and there was no web after I bought in to it.”
“Tattooing was for individuals who weren’t a part of society and that’s what I preferred about it. I like having the liberty to look my very own manner. Loads of this represents private freedom in my look.”
As he bought older, he determined to have a bodysuit tattooed, which is a community of tattoos extending from his collarbone to his ankles and wrists.
The work was undertaken by 5 artists over 9 hour classes throughout a number of days.
“You simply couldn’t stroll for 3 days afterwards.”
Matt additionally has some uncommon and excessive tattoos – together with his tongue and throat.
“My tongue is tattooed however it’s hypodermic injection. I truly modernised the approach for tongue tattooing again in 2010. Do NOT do that at dwelling.”
Matt has additionally had his eyeballs tattooed a number of occasions.
“I feel I used to be quantity six on the planet to get their eyes tattooed. Initially I had inexperienced on this eye [right] and blue on this eye [left]. Then three years later I had a number of colors added, magenta and gold.
Nonetheless, tattooing for Matt is extra than simply an expression of his model. It has helped him reshape his physique.
“I’ve a complete of 14 totally different uncommon delivery defects that they’ve found. They’re nonetheless discovering extra.”
“I’ve one thing referred to as Poland syndrome the place I’m lacking my left pectoral, a bicep, a kidney.”
Matt used the artwork of tattooing to create the phantasm of a good chest, by having the form of a pectoral tattooed on his left facet, and disguising the protrusion of his proper pectoral muscle on his proper facet with a big tattoo that extends from the highest proper hand nook all the way down to the centre of his chest.
“My ribcage is deformed, these shapes all disguise the deformities of the torso.”
Matt, who has gastrointestinal stomach swelling and bloating issues, additionally had a spiral form tattooed throughout his abdomen which helps camouflages it.
“Tattoos make me get pleasure from my physique. I’m not tall, I’ve a excessive voice, and the tattoos made me like my physique extra. It made me get pleasure from residing in my physique regardless of all these mutations and delivery defects.”
Along with appreciating his personal physique and the paintings displayed on it, Matt additionally loves sharing his distinctive look with others.
“Earlier than the pandemic I used to be travelling to 10 to 12 tattoo conventions a yr. Some folks have me booked yearly for the remainder of my life.”
The popularity of his Guinness World Data title is the cherry on prime for Matt, who fairly actually – with a GWR medallion – wears his document with satisfaction.
“That is the height of my life. I’m going to die a contented man. I really feel like I’ve succeeded in my life due to this.”