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Most people prefer their art on their walls not as a permanent fixture of their bodies. But Eli Ink, a 27-year-old tattoo artist from Brighton, England, sees his body as a walking exhibition of his finest work.
He has spent the last ten years transforming himself. Tattooing most of his skin black with several coats of ink, dying his eyes and implanting stretchers in his nose and under his bottom lip. The process is far from finished, but the result is striking.
Eli - Obsession - Body - Modification - Age
Eli’s obsession with body modification started from a young age after his uncle came back from Spain with a huge tribal tattoo.
‘In my opinion, the only person who will only ever understand my transition properly is me. I don’t attempt to describe it to anyone,’ he told MailOnline.
Obsession - Abstract - Body - Philosophy - Choices
You can easily see his obsession with the abstract on his own body. It's a philosophy that guides the choices he makes.
'I wanted to look like an abstract character in one of Picasso’s paintings. I love the abstract look, no thought , just pure expression,' he said.
Inside - Mouth - Section - Eyes - Part
The inside of his mouth and the white section of his eyes were just part of that process.
Eyeball tattooing involves injecting the ink in-between two layers of the Scleral of the eye and letting it spread out.
Eli - Process - Lot
Eli admits that this process, like a lot...
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