When you first lay your eyes on Eli Ink you would be forgiven for doing a double take.
The 27-year-old tattoo artist from Brighton, England, is a walking exhibition of what he calls his finest work.
Eli has spent the last ten years transforming himself.
He has tattooed most of his skin black with several coats of ink.
He has even gone as far as dying his eyes and implanting stretchers in his nose and under his bottom lip.
Eli’s obsession with body modification started from a young age after his uncle came back from Spain with a huge tribal tattoo.
‘In my opinion, the only person who will only ever understand my transition properly is me. I don’t attempt to describe it to anyone,’ he told MailOnline.
‘I’ve always been blown away by art itself. Picasso is a huge childhood inspiration to me, especially abstract art, but I do like all forms of art. Body art was just the next local step for me growing up.’