While some may claim to be avid Lord of the Rings fans, this Brazilian tattoo artist has gone one step further by turning himself into a real-life ‘Orc’ by having his nose removed, ears mutilated and his skin tattooed blue.
Fernando Franco de Oliveira has covered around 99 per cent of his body with tattoos, including his eyeballs which are now entirely black, and even has horn implants fitted to his head.
The tattoo artist, who owns a studio in the southern city of Tatui near Sao Paulo, admitted he is ‘addicted’ to the pain of needles.
He decided to cut and reshape his nose so that it would look like part of his skull, and despite the drastic measure, he is still able to breathe normally.
De Oliveira said: ‘I have a forked tongue, an ‘orc’ ear, vampire teeth and horn implants in my head. The last one I did, to make me look completely frightening, was my nose. I mutilated it to look like a skull.’
But after the original operation in March, it took a long time for the ‘skull’ nose to heal and needed a great deal of care.