A FORMER office worker turned tattoo addict has covered 90 per cent of his body – including his penis and his eyeball – in inkings to treat his chronic pain syndrome.

Tattboy Holden, who changed his name legally in 2014, claims he was left bed-bound and in pain day and night after suffering side effects from a routine operation in 2000.

 Tattboy Holden began his incredible inking addiction as a way to cope with chronic pain
 Tattboy has covered over 90 per cent of his body - including his eye and his penis
 Tattboy changed his name in 2000
 He has spent more than £60,000 on his mission for self-decoration
 Tattboy gets a lot of attention for his body art in Adelaide, Australia

But despite it being considered painful, the 48-year-old found relief in going under the needle – and has since invested more than £60,000 and 1,000 hours in body modification.

The colourful character from, Adelaide, Australia admits his 100 head-to-toe inkings are a stain on his mainstream job prospects – leaving him unemployed and even wrongly branded a criminal.

But the former credit officer has no regrets about turning his body into an artwork since his health hurdles, and he's planning to keep going to make his mark on the world.

Tattboy said: "I was on some medication that gave me side effects and I needed an operation.

"After a few operations I was left with nerve damage that cannot be repaired.

"I had already had some tattoos in the past, but through the course of this I found tattoos were a form of pain therapy. I call it 'pain distraction'. I look forward to it.

 Tattboy began getting tattoos after he was left with nerve damage from operations
 Tattboy admits that he struggles to find work because of his tattoos
 Tattboy is well-known for his love of ink
 He even got his tongue split in two and has several piercings

"If the tattoo is big enough, it distracts the pain for about a day. It still hurts, but it's on your terms.

"The chronic pain returns eventually, but it's a release."

Tattboy first fell under the spell of inkings as a child, but waited until Australia's legal age of 18 to go under the needle with an eagle on his arm – a coming-of-age symbol.

Over the course of the next 13 years he got some more work done, but it wasn't until a cruel twist of fate left him struggling with pain that he decided to take his obsession this far.

 Tattboy said that the area between his eyes and his nose was the most painful part to be tattooed
 Tattboy got his first tattoo, an eagle, when he was 18, and has continued ever since
 Tattboy changed his name in 2000 to show his love of ink and Holden cars

He is proud that almost every part of his body is marked – including his manhood and his right eye, which is coloured red after his surname and love of Holden cars.

Tattboy said: "I decided to get fully covered. That's my goal. It's a long journey it will take me all my life. I'd probably never say I'm finished.

"You can always start over. Some parts of my face have three layers. I'd never really say I'm finished.

"The skin between my eyelids and nose is probably the most painful. It feels like eye surgery, your eyes just pour water. Lips felt like razorblades. And my c**k hurt, obviously."

Tattboy's body paints the picture of an extraordinary life – from a car on his back when was held hostage by armed bandits, to a rainbow on his calf that pledges support for equality.

And it doesn't stop there: he had his tongue split – known as bifurcation – and transdermal bolts implanted into his head in his quest for self-decoration.

 Tattboy said he will never stop getting tattoos
 He hopes to find work as a DJ and is set to appear in a horror film

But Tattboy has been mistaken for a criminal more than once and he admits his love of tattoos has been damaging for his career.

He now hopes to find work as a DJ and is set to star in an upcoming horror movie, but acknowledges it would be a challenge to return to the corporate world anytime soon.

Tattboy said: "I used to have a very sought-after car. One night I was ambushed for it and held hostage for about seven hours. I had to sell it after I escaped, but I got it on my back to remember.

"My most recent in June this year is a rainbow on the back of my leg. I've been through some storms, but this represents brighter days ahead. It's also in support for gay marriage equality.

"I have definitely been mistaken for a criminal, but the tides are changing. People are becoming more accepting.

"It has definitely spun my life in a different direction. I might not be able to work in an office again, but I would be open to doing it with the right boss and a way to manage my pain.

"But I haven't got a boss to tell me what to do, and that's fine with me."

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