A man who spent £30,000 covering his body – and one eyeball – with tattoos has now spent £6,000 having some removed to make way for new inkings.
Mathew Whelan, 34, Britain’s most tattooed man, has had six painful laser sessions to get rid of hand, arm and shin tattoos .
He said: “I think of myself like an art gallery. After a while the art gets old and people want to see something new and that’s how I feel about my tattoos.
“I’ve had enough of them and I’ve run out of skin to tattoo on – so I thought why not get them lasered off and just start again”.
Martin, from Yardley, Birmingham, who changed his name to King of Ink Land , is waiting for the wounds to heal before getting new tattoos.
He said: “I can finally see the skin underneath and the laser process is a gruelling one. My skin is currently blistered- but that’s good because it means it is healing.
“Some of my friends think I’m bonkers, and it might seem odd to some people but to me I am a living canvas.”
“I can’t wait for the day to put new artwork in their place. It would be tomorrow if I had my way however I have to wait until the treatment to see when it completely heals.”