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​OAP Has 98 Percent Of His Body Covered In Tattoos

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​OAP Has 98 Percent Of His Body Covered In Tattoos

A senior citizen in Germany is the country's most tattooed man with 98 percent of his body covered in ink.

Wolfgang Kirsch, 72, holds the record for being Germany's most tattooed man, with 86 tattoos and 17 implants under his skin.

Kirsch is commonly known as Magneto, a nickname he's gained from the fact that some of his implants are magnetic and can often attract items like paper clips.

The tattoo model, from Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, has spent the last two decades transforming his body, saying his passion project started 'after the fall of the [Berlin] Wall'.

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The former post office worker was not allowed to have any tattoos at work, but said he always felt a strong need to stand out from the crowd.

Kirsch said: "In GDR [German Democratic Republic or East Germany], tattoos were frowned upon and unthinkable for post office employees. It wasn't until I was 46 years old that I got my first tattoo, a tear under my eye."

He added that he has never regretted his decision, having now spent more than 20 years achieving his desired look.

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After getting his first tattoo, Kirsch continued to ink his arms, face, back and various other body parts.

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He said he has spent a total of 720 hours in tattoo studios, has undergone 240 tattoo sessions and paid more than £21,500 ($30,000) on his unique appearance.

He's even had his eyeballs tattooed black, which is a procedure known as scleral tattooing, adding: "Only the soles of my feet are not tattooed."

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Kirsch is well-known on the tattoo scene, and often gets approached for modelling jobs.

"Even on the street, people ask me for autographs and want to take photos with me," he said.

According to local media, as well as being the most tattooed man in Germany, he has also been recognised as the most tattooed man in the world over the age of 70.

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According to Guinness World Records, the world's most tattooed man is a New Zealander called Gregory Paul McLaren, who is also known as Lucky Diamond Rich.

It's estimated that McLaren has spent more than 1,000 hours having his body modified by tattoo artists.

Along with his ink, he also had his earlobes stretched and his teeth replaced with silver veneers, and also has various piercings.

"The first tattoo I ever had I was 16 - I was travelling with the circus in Australia," he said.

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"I'd never been tattooed before and I got a small juggling club on my hip. I got it on my hip because I didn't want my mum to see it.

"Just one tattoo at a time I guess, that's how everyone does it."

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Topics: Tattoos, World News, News, Germany

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