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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
World-famous 'Leopard Man' who covered his body in spotty tattoos 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.
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.
Thomas led a largely solitary life and was known to often travel to the mainland by kayak for weekly for his supplies.
He often said he had no regrets about his body art which began as a way to make himself money and spiralled from there.
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.”
Despite his spots he claimed to have no natural affinity with leopard animals - and shunned any spiritual-related suggestions.