Britain’s most tattooed man who has 90% of his body covered in ink says he’s ‘hidden from managers’ at work because of his looks – but likes it to be a ‘living work of art’
- Matthew Whelan is known as the most tattooed man in Britain due to his extensive ink
- The 42-year-old from Birmingham says he’d love it to be a ‘living work of art’.
- But he says the major modifications he made to his body resulted in unfair treatment
- In one post, it would be “hidden from managers” when they were touring the office
Britain’s most tattooed man has spoken out about the way his wide range of body modifications have led to unfair treatment in the workplace.
Matthew Whelan, from Birmingham, also known as King Body Art, kingofinkland79 or B-art, has tattooed about 90 percent of his body, spending more than £40,000 on intense inks.
And while he says he likes it to be a “live work of art,” its unique appearance has drawn unwelcome interest over the years.
In addition to having difficulty finding work at times, the tattoo lover says he was treated differently than his colleagues while on the job.
In a recent interview with Daily StarKing Body Art revealed that while working in a call center, when managers would come to look around the office floor, he would “go from office to office.”
Matthew Whelan (pictured) also known as King Body Art, kingofinkland79 or B-art, has tattooed about 90 percent of his body — and says he has an unusual appearance.
The body modification fan (shown here in a recent Instagram video) says he’s struggled with multiple problems as a result of his unique looks, struggles to find work, and has even been a victim of violence
“The managers were coming in so they decided to move in the office,” he explained.
The person they had to move was me. I was taken from the end of the office downstairs when the managers came.
In the past, he also talked about the difficulties in finding work, saying in 2015 It’s something he suffered.
“Personally, I find it hard to understand because there are companies that hire people on merit,” he said.
‘there [body] Edit friendly companies. But most are like: “Look at these people! You look different than anyone in our office. You’re different. You don’t fit our standards. We don’t hire you.” This is frustrating.
However, King Body Art’s experiences in the workplace do not represent the most extreme reactions he has faced as a result of his appearance.
Talking to independent In 2017, he revealed that he was Stabbed in Birmingham in 2009.
He said: The reactions can turn from amazement to a hate crime. [The stabbing] He showed me that every day is a reward and that humans are only here for a limited amount of time.
Every now and then: King Body Art (pictured left and right before his body is transformed) gets his first tattoo at age 16
According to his interview with the Daily Star, the body modifications fan has since found work as a model and actor.
However, he says his appearance can lead to typecasting, and he is often cast for prisoner-type roles.
while appearing on The long-running BBC Doctors series, he was filmed as a prisoner.
As King Body Art has sarcastically said, he’s unlikely to appear on period shows like Downton Abbey unless one of the characters is ‘going off’.
Among his body modifications, King Body Art dyed both of his eyes black.
He also removed his nipples so tattoo artists would have a smoother canvas to work on and he has a crown shaped implant built under the skin in his right hand.
The 42-year-old has plans to make more alterations, and he recently shared photos on Instagram of a small black tattoo, telling followers that he will cover other tattoos with dark ink (in a process known as ‘blacking out’) in the future.