Extreme tattoo fan inks entire body – and wants to slice nipples off too
A man has spent more than £9,000 covering his entire body in black ink – and now he wants to get his nipples removed too.
Yannick Rick got the bodysuit done after becoming “fascinated with the pain” and has spent 400 hours under tattooists’ needles.
The 25-year-old, from Chur, Switzerland, said: "When I was nineteen, I saw a man at the beach with tattoos covering the majority of his body. I started researching different designs and I came across blackwork.
"I decided I wanted to have a fully black arm. A friend of mine introduced me to a tattoo artist who could do this and within three sessions, my arm was black.
"I was fascinated by the pain and the healing. I knew I wanted to do something more extreme so I underwent a further three days of blackwork.
"It cost around ten-thousand euros and took around four-hundred hours.”
Yannick has been branded “ugly” because of his passion for ink, which has seen him get the word "evil" etched across his back.
He revealed: "Online I get the odd negative comments from people. Some people think it's shocking or ugly, as they'll ask if I'm mentally ill. Funny looks tend to be the main response.”
But thankfully, the young man has still been able to find work as a carer.
Yannick said: "At the retirement home I work at, residents ask me what the black is. They think my hands are dirty, or they'll ask if it'll go away once I've had a shower.
"I guess it does make it more difficult to find a job, but I've been able to manage and I'm finding that people are more and more accepting of tattooed people.”
While Yannick’s tattooed appearance made job hunting more difficult, it hasn’t got in the way of his love life.
He said: "Dating hasn't changed. Sure, there are women who don't like this extreme look but some find it interesting."
As well as having a passion for tattoos, the carer enjoys body modification too.
He’s tried scarification, an extreme op which involves creating decorative scars on the body with a scalpel.
Yannick explained: “You can feel the scars through the blackwork which I really like.”
In the future, Yannick wants to ink more of his body and get his nipples removed.
He said the procedures will help him to feel “more in touch with (his) body”.
The tattoo enthusiast added: “If I feel bad or down, I'll go and get a new scar or tattoo. It's become my hobby.
"I'd like to tattoo my palms and the soles of my feet next followed by my mouth and tongue. Then, I want to remove my nipples and get some white ink.
"I feel so much more in touch with my body. I know which areas are more sensitive and which are not, and I've learnt how to make certain areas of my body feel better.
"It's the greatest thing I've ever done to my body."
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