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Birmingham tattoo covered man denied passport over name change - full interview

The region's most tattooed man has failed to get a passport because of his name.

Four years ago Mathew Whelen from Birmingham changed his name to King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink Ite.

He says a shortened version of his name - Body Art - could appear on the document.

He got a driving licence without any problems and his MP is calling for consistency between agencies.

The Passport Office say they don't comment on individual cases.

Tattoo man's MP calls for consistency in documents

'King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite's' local MP, Liberal Democrat John Hemming, is calling for more consistency with names on official documents, as Britain's most tattooed man does have his new name on his driving licence, but has been refused a passport.

The 34-year-old, also known as 'Body Art', says his human rights have been infringed, after the Passport Office turned down his application for a passport renewal, since changing his name by deed poll four years ago.

Britain's most tattooed man explains name change

Britain's most tattooed man from Birmingham has explained in an interview with ITV news Central why he decided to change his name to 'King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite'.

It comes after the 34-year-old claims an infringement of his human rights because he was refused a passport under that name. Rules state that names deemed as 'frivolous' are not allowed.

Also known as 'Body Art' for short, he told presenters Bob Warman and Sameena Ali-khan he believes he has the right to become Body Art in life and by name choice.

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Tattoo covered man denied passport over name change

The 34-year-old has nearly every part of his body tattooed. Credit: ITV News Central

A man from Birmingham who has 90% of his body covered in tattoos has been denied a passport after changing his name to 'King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite'.

Nearly 90% of Body Art, previously known as Mathew Whelan, is covered in tattoos. Credit: ITV News Central

The 34-year-old, who was previously known as Mathew Whelan but is now called 'Body Art' for short, changed his name by deed poll four years ago, but he's now been refused a new passport unless he uses his birth name. He claims this is an infringement of his human rights.

Body Art, 34, has got his eyeball tattooed black Credit: ITV News Central

Body Art says he has spent more than £25,000 covering himself in tattoos, and even has his eyeball died black. The Passport Office says it cannot comment on individual cases,

Mairead Philpott's tattoo with the names of her six dead children.

Mairead Philpott's tattoo with the names of her six dead children Credit: Reuters / Darren Staples

A mother who's been charged with the murder of her six children killed in a house fire in Derby has a tattoo of their names on her arm.

The names of dead siblings Duwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott could be seen as she was driven away from Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court.