One tattoo lover who holds the record for most ink on his body claims that he has more than any other person in the world.
Matt Gone, from the US, started his ink journey in 1986 and has spent a whopping £173,000 ($A256,352) on 843 tattoos.
As a so-called “early experimenter”, the tattoo Fanatic did a lot himself of inking.
He has most of his mouth tattooed, including his tongue, gums, cheeks, and tonsils – and even down his throat.
He has had his eyeballs inked with blue, magenta, gold and green. There were eight colors used.
And elsewhere, he’s even got his most intimate parts tattooed.
He said The Sun Online: “I have more tattooing inside my body than anyone else, but it is too dangerous to be a Guinness Record.
“I tattooed my entire genital area, anus, butt-crack, inner thighs, my eyes, tongue, inside throat, and lots of little touch ups all over my body.”
Matt tattooed his inside urethra at least twenty years ago through a hole in his penis.
And while having surgery for rare birth defects in his bladder many years later, Matt said the surgeon was “startled” to find the internal inking.
Matt stated that his distinctive look has had a positive reaction over time.
He said: “It really depends on what you have tattooed on your face.
“People like the checkers pattern. Checkers are a favorite of many people around the globe.
“It‘s better these days. My entire head was tattooed from the neck down in 1998. It shocked everyone.
“My eyes shock people, but the tongue tattoo shocks people the most. It‘s top quality tattooing.”
His 25-year project to cover himself in tats has cost him more than £173,000 – and he‘s set to get a fresh touch up on his hips and bottom soon.
Earlier this year, two doctors counted the inkings on Matt’s body before he was awarded the Guinness World Record for the most square tattoos.
He revealed his nose was the most painful to have done – and left him sneezing black ink.
He said: “The most painful spot on the body to get tattooed?
“The nose. The nose is always the worst, and even baby toes can feel it.
“I sneezed up black ink for about 20 minutes after that and it was the most painful thing I’d ever been through.”
But getting his eyelids inked was also painful, “even with anaesthetic”.
“I have the inside of the eyelid tattooed; people generally only tattoo up to the eyelash line,” he added.
Matt claims to have “modernised the technique” for tongue tattoos when he had his done back in 2010.
“My tongue is tattooed, but it was hypodermic injections,” he said.
“It‘s more tattooed than any other person in history and is tattooed all the way to the base down here in my throat.”
But he warned: “Do not do this at home, there is no professional that can do this.”
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