Most people who get tattoos like to have works of art on their bodies. These people have taken it a step further, and turned their actual bodies into the works of art.
When Rick Genest was a teen, he lost almost half of his brain to cancer. He survived to become Zombie Boy, an international sensation who has over 90 percent of his body tattooed. His tattoos have led him to appear in the movie 47 Ronin and Lady Gaga's music video for "Born This Way."
Dennis Avner became famous as "Stalking Cat," a body modifier who changed himself into a cat. His modifications include tiger tattoos, splitting his lip and sharpening his teeth and eyes. Unfortunately, he passed away from an apparent suicide in 2012.
Tom Leppard was a hermit who lived on the Isle of Skye, in Scotland. He was for many years the Guinness Book of Record's "Most Tattooed Man in the World," with over 99% percent of his body covered in tattoos. He claimed that the main reason he got the tattoos was to make money off them! He died in 2016 at the age of 80.
Julia Gnuse is also known as "The Illustrated Lady." She has over 95 percent of her body tattooed, and is considered by Guinness to be the world's most tattooed woman. She originally got tattoos to cover up lesions cause by a skin condition called porphyria, but eventually it turned into her passion. Her tattoos range from film characters, to Native America art, to Santa Claus!
Erik Sprague is known as "The Lizardman," and it's easy to see why! This native of upstate New York has his tongue forked, eyebrow implants, and scales tattooed all over his body. He now tours the world as a freak show performer, where one of his tricks is screwing a corkscrew into his head!
Matt Gone has over 95 percent of his body covered in tattoos. This includes his eyes, which he did himself! He injected ink into the whites of his eyes, making one green, and the other blue! He originally started getting tattoos to cover up a physical deformity, but now he travels the world to showcase them at conventions.
Etienne Dumont has his body covered in tattoos, 70mm earlobe plugs, a plexiglass chin plug and horn implants. What makes him truly unique, however, will surprise you. He is considered to be one of Switzerland's premiere art critics, and writes for the Tribune de Genève!
Gregory Paul McLaren is better known as Lucky Diamond Rich, the world's most tattooed man! He has 100 percent of his body tattooed, including the inside of his mouth, his eyelids and even his foreskin! This native New Zealander is also an accomplished street performer, whose tricks include juggling and sword swallowing.
Maria-Jose Cristerna is also known as "The Mexican Vampire Woman." She is a former lawyer who now owns a tattoo parlor Guadalajara, Mexico. She began modifying her body after leaving her abusive husband, and has since become an international celebrity. Ripley's Believe It or Not recently had her do a full body cast for a wax statue.
Henry Rodriguez, a 38-year-old father from Venezuela, has spent tens of thousands of dollars to transform himself into the Marvel villain Red Skull. These modifications include dying his eyes black, surgical implants and even cutting off his nose! He says he did it because he identifies with the Red Skull's personality, although he has stated that he does not identify at all with the Red Skull's Nazi idealism.
Joel Miggler is the Guinness record holder for most stretched piercing. He has at least eleven on his face alone! This 24 year old from Germany also has his tongue forked, which he can showcase... by sticking it out of his cheek!
Paul Lawrence is better known as The Enigma. He is a sideshow performer, musician, and actor. He has had his ears reshaped and horns implanted. He got his first tattoo from Katzen The Tiger Lady, a tattoo artist that he would later marry!
Matthew Whelan legally changed his name to King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite. He has most of his body tattooed, include his eyeballs. He also had his nipples removed to make it easier for the tattoo artists to work on his chest. Recently he made headlines in the UK by calling for better treatment of people who have modified their bodies.
Kala Kawai has 67 piercings, 75 percent of his body tattooed, silicon horn implants and screws in his skull for horns. That should be the craziest thing about this Hawaiian, but it's not. The craziest thing is that he forked tongue... himself.