Wednesday, June 15, 2016

World-famous 'Leopard Man' who covered his body in spotty tattoos has died, aged 81

Tom Leppard LEOPARD MAN OF SKYE SCOTLAND, BRITAIN - 1993
Thomas Woolridge aka Leopard Man has died, aged 81
The world-famous 'Leopard Man' who covered his body head-to-toe in spotty tattooshas died, aged 80.
Thomas Woolridge, an English-born ex-soldier, used to hold the record for many years for being the world’s most tattooed man.
He was also widely-recognised as being the world's most tattooed OAP - with his artwork costing an estimated £5,500 in total.
Thomas was best known for living a hermit-like existence in a bothy (Scottish word for shelter) on the Isle of Skye for two decades - but in recent years he moved to live in a care home in Inverness, Scotland.

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His tattoos began as a way for him to make money
He would often be pictured naked save for a tiny pouch covering his privates - also spotted to give him the illusion of being completely starkers.
RexTom Leppard LEOPARD MAN OF SKYE SCOTLAND, BRITAIN - 1993
He was more than happy living a solitary existenc
Thomas led a largely solitary life and was known to often travel to the mainland by kayak for weekly for his supplies.
Daily RecordTom Leppard LEOPARD MAN OF SKYE SCOTLAND, BRITAIN
His tattoos ended up costing him an estimated £5,500
He often said he had no regrets about his body art which began as a way to make himself money and spiralled from there.
RexTom Leppard LEOPARD MAN OF SKYE SCOTLAND, BRITAIN - 1993
The Englishman was happiest living in a Scottish bothy
After moving back to the mainland he said: “My life hasn’t changed much - I never bothered people when I lived in the bothy, and they didn’t bother me, and I’m not really that interested in what else is going on outside.”
RexTom Leppard LEOPARD MAN OF SKYE SCOTLAND, BRITAIN - 1993
The Leopard man used to be a serving English soldier
Despite his spots he claimed to have no natural affinity with leopard animals - and shunned any spiritual-related suggestions.

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