Doc Price first tattooed a sailor back in 1950. Since then, he's inked more than 40 acres of skin from people across the globe.
Among his most memorable requests, are being asked to add a 'scar' to a British intelligence officer who wanted to join the IRA.
He has also seen some mistakes in his time - including having to tell a client they had 'Windows 7' inked on their body in Chinese writing instead of their partner's name.
Doc first opened his own tattoo studio in 1970 and his passion for body art has seen him travel across the globe, judging at international conventions in Japan, Australia and the United States.
As a seasoned tattoo artist, Doc has observed many different schools and traditions of tattooing - from old school, to modern, to new school with old concepts, to Polynesian and to Japanese kabuki.
Doc was the star attraction at the opening of the opening of what is being called a ground-breaking exhibition marking the history of Britain's tattoo industry at Cornwall's National Maritime Museum.
For four decades now, Doc has run Plymouth's longest running tattoo studio with his son Bill.
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