A man who holds the world record for the most squares tattooed on his body has revealed that he was inspired to build his catalogue of extreme body modifications when he realised they could hide his birth defects.
Matt Gone has 848 squares tattooed over his body, and speaking on the Guinness World Records YouTube channel, Matt explained that he got his first tattoo when he used a needle and some ink on himself when he was only 14.
And, while he joked that there isn’t a big enough sequence of squares to play chess on, Matt revealed that they had a greater purpose than simply helping to create a distinctive look.
“I like the symmetry of the chequers that hide and camouflage the asymmetry of my body,” he claimed, before explaining how he had attempted to mask some of his birth deformities with his ink.
“I have a total of 14 different rare birth defects that they’ve discovered, they are still discovering more.
“The tattoos make me enjoy my body. I’m not tall, I have a high voice; my high voice is because I have a birth defect in my throat where I have a child-size airway.
“And the tattoos made me like my body more and made me enjoy living in my body despite all these mutations and birth defects.”
The body modification fan gave viewers a tour of his extreme look, explaining: “I have something called Poland syndrome where I’m missing my left pectoral, a bicep, a kidney.
Gesturing to his right side, he noted: “I have a muscle on this side but I don’t have any major pectoral muscle on this side (pointing left).
So, Matt described how he had used tattoos to disguise his body shape.
“I have the artificial shape of a muscle tattooed here like a fake breast,” he explained, pointing to his left side.
To balance out his body, Matt also had a huge creature tattooed on his right side, making his chest muscle less prominent.
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