Tattoo covered man denied passport over name change

The 34-year-old has nearly every part of his body tattooed.
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.
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
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,

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Tattoo covered man refused passport over name change

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 '