tattoo man from Birmingham, known as Mathew Whelan before changing his name in
2009, has admitted that it hurt.†
The 34-year-old, who sports a Jeremy Kyle tattoo on
the back of his head and earlier spent £30,000 to be
inked from head to foot, went through the procedure at city centre 'body
modification studio' Birmingham Ink.
The 34 year old, who now goes by the nickname Bart,
had the silicone-filled ball, sporting a raised skull motif, pushed into his
chest - and in time, flesh will tighten round the lump, giving the impression
of a head pushing through his skin.
has also gone through scarification - a form of facial branding - and had his
left eyeball tattooed.
Bart states that it will be a
year before the skull can be seen beneath his chest. "It just looks like a
lump at the moment," he said.
He began the three-hour-long
surgery armed with only willpower, but wilted and wanted help with the pain.
"Tribes go through a lot of
pain," Bart says, "you have a choice of a numbing ointment, but I started
out without it. The incision wasn't too bad. I found it therapeutic in one
He added, "But when
they started to perform the channeling, that was more of an ordeal."
That, he said, is when he needed
the ointment. Bart said that there were several risk factors. His body could
reject the foreign body implanted inside it.
Mr Body Art had his first tattoo
at the age of 16 - a simple bulldog on his right arm. But even at infant
school, he craved body art.
"I fell in love with the
Maori culture at the age of nine. People call it an obsession, but it has
turned out to be a lifestyle," he said.
Bart declares he will never
regret the work that adorns his body, but has recently undergone laser surgery
to have some tattoos taken off. That is why he has some bare flesh for new
television appearance was in 2011. The programme, Jeremy Kyle Show', helped him
attain the status of a celebrity for his tattoos.