An ardent tattoo lover, Ted Richards, so loved his pet parrots that he decided to cut off his ears and tattooed his face with their colourful feathers.
Richards, 56, who already had 110 tattoos wanted to look so much like his pet parrots Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi.
The former factory worker simply gave his severed ears to a mate who he believes “will appreciate them”.
But according to Daily Star, he is not stopping there because he is now planning to find a surgeon prepared to turn his nose into a beak.
“I think it looks really great. I love it. It’s the best thing that has happened to me.I am so happy it’s unreal, I can’t stop looking in the mirror. I’ve done it because I want to look like my parrots as much as possible. I’ve had my hair long for so many years my ears have been covered up. I have to admit I did used to get teased at school about my ears but that not the reason I’ve had it done.”
According to Metro UK, Richards got his first tattoo in 1976 and has since built up a collection covering almost his entire body. He also has a peace sign branded on his left shoulder with a 750 degrees centigrade hot iron and two magnets implanted in his hands. He shares his home in Hartcliffe, Bristol with his four parrots, as well as South American green iguana Iggy, and pitbull terrier Candy.
Richards searches the internet endlessly looking for new procedures and says his facial transformation is a tribute to his “babies” – Ellie, a green winged macaw, and Teaka, a harlequin macaw.
He is keeping tight-lipped about who carried out the six hour operation, but insists he is “happier than ever,” and has even now got himself a girlfriend, 31-year-old Suzannah.
Richards sad the only issue he has is keeping his glasses in place since he went through the surgery so he has had two small metal pins added to the side of his head.
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