Tattoo addict father-of-two spends £28,000 turning himself into human skeleton

A tattoo addict has spent £28,000 covering his entire body with inkings - including his eyelids - but says he's fed up of strangers mocking him the street.

Chris Dalzell, 33, who got his first tattoo when he was 16 and has had another 600 since, says he will only stop  if it starts affecting his children.

The chef, from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, says when he finds a bare patch of skin in the shower, he gets it covered as soon as possible.

But he admits that his face tattoos - which he started getting done in 2016 - have left him open to ridicule and he often hears people say 'look at the state of his face'.

Chris Dalzell, 33, who got his first tattoo when he was 16 and has had another 600 since

The chef, from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland , says when he finds a bare patch of skin in the shower, he gets it covered as soon as possible

Chris Dalzell (left before he inked his face and right, after), got his first tattoo when he was 16 and has had another 600 since

The chef, from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland , says when he finds a bare patch of skin in the shower, he gets it covered as soon as possible

The chef, from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland , says when he finds a bare patch of skin in the shower, he gets it covered as soon as possible

However Mr Dalzell doesn't regret any of his artwork - in fact he's booked in for another six hour session next week.

He wants to get every inch of himself covered in tattoos including his eyeballs, the soles of his feet and his even his penis.

It comes despite his eyelids swelling up so much when he got them tattooed that he was 'blind' for three days.

Mr Dalzell said: 'I've always wanted to be covered in tattoos. I never considered how other people would perceive me. 

'I'm fascinated with the pain of tattoos and the different levels of pain. For example I got my eyelids tattooed – and I was blind for three days.

'People are so blatant about [criticising me]. I walk down the street now and they don't even wait for me to walk past, they'll just openly say 'look at the state of his face'.

'The impression was, if you had tattoos it was gang-related. Especially in Northern Ireland where gangs are associated with terrible violence.

'Just because I'm covered head to toe in tattoos it doesn't mean I'm in any way a violent person.

'Sometimes people will come up and speak to me – by the time we've finished they'll say 'I was completely wrong about you.'

Chef Chris with his girlfriend Ruth Bicknell, 30, stepson Jamie (7) and daughter Jessica Rose (2)

Chef Chris with his girlfriend Ruth Bicknell, 30, stepson Jamie (7) and daughter Jessica Rose (2)

Mr Dalzell said: 'I've always wanted to be covered in tattoos. I never considered how other people would perceive me'

He wants to get every inch of himself covered in tattoos including his eyeballs, the soles of his feet and his even his penis

His first tattoo was tribal skull design but the 'turning point' was when he had a skull inked across his face 

His first tattoo was tribal skull design but the 'turning point' was when he had a skull inked across his face 

Chris is pictured here in 2016, with a simple tattoo on his forearm before he went under the needle and covered his body 

Chris is pictured here in 2016, with a simple tattoo on his forearm before he went under the needle and covered his body 

Chris says he has had 48 hours of tattooing on his face alone, 120 hours on each arm and an excruciating 160 hours on his left leg 

Chris says he has had 48 hours of tattooing on his face alone, 120 hours on each arm and an excruciating 160 hours on his left leg 

Chris says he has had 48 hours of tattooing on his face alone, 120 hours on each arm and an excruciating 160 hours on his left leg.

His first tattoo was tribal skull design but the 'turning point' was when he had a skull inked across his face.

He says the most painful of all his tattoos was his eyelids, in after which he was blind for three days

He says the most painful of all his tattoos was his eyelids, in after which he was blind for three days

Chris's early tattoo's on his legs - featuring a tribute to George Best 

Chris's early tattoo's on his legs - featuring a tribute to George Best 

The only thing that could ever stop Chris' tattoo habit is love for the kids

The only thing that could ever stop Chris' tattoo habit is love for the kids

'Once you go to the face it does completely change the way you look,' he said.

'But I still feel the same as I

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