Art is truly a beautiful beautiful thing, and requires appreciation. while some would rather have art works on their walls, gates, and gardens, others would rather have these art works on their body. the case of a UK based tattoo addict Eli Ink must be the weirdest and most extreme form of appreciation I have seen, as the white man tattooed his full body black.
The 27 year old tattoo lover spent 10 to 12 years modifying his body and creating new looks for himself. He used several coats of black ink to permanently darken his skin colour. He also implanted stretchers in his nose, ears and lower part of his lips, and even dyed his eyes black, as part of the transformation process to turn himself into a walking exhibition of his tats.
The tattoo artist also went on to dye his eye and eyeballs black, and also inked the inner part of his mouth. he went on to say; “I’ve always been blown away by art itself. Picasso is a huge childhood inspiration to me, especially abstract art, but I do like all forms of art. Body art was just the next local step for me growing up. “I wanted to look like an abstract character in one of Picasso’s paintings. I love the abstract look, no thought , just pure expression.”
The tattoo king who sees his body as a canvas that can display his fine art work, explains that “In my opinion, the only person who will only ever understand my transition properly is me. I don’t attempt to describe it to anyone,” he told the Mail Online.
Mr Ink admitted there can be horrifying consequences if the eye dying procedure goes wrong. The procedure involves tattooing the whites of eyeballs involves delicately injecting ink in-between two layers of the Scleral of the eye and letting it spread out. He added: “That’s the risk you take letting anyone near your eyes, even trained surgeons can make mistake. Body modification is a risk taker’s lifestyle.”
Speaking of his dating life, The gardener, turned full-time tattoo artists extreme transformation seems not to be a threat to his love life, He says his girlfriend Holly, another body-mod enthusiast, is madly in love with him.
He doesn’t seem bothered about negative reaction.He said: “The best is always nice compliments, that’s always nice to hear, either from tattoo collectors or just passers-by, the worst is always older generation looking down on you and making you feel worthless.”
Eli said he has not yet finished with his tattoos “Well, the head is half-finished and some other parts of my body as well. I want to get it all black and then I will get white designs on top which should look really cool. And then ten years later, if I don’t like the white design anymore, I can just get another layer of black to cover it up and get new white designs. It will basically work like a chalkboard.”