domingo, 11 de julio de 2010

Prince Albert: The World's Most Pierced Man

The world most pierced man is 79 year old John Lynch , or "Prince Albert" from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK.

He has been photographed by David Bailey and the London College of Fashion, and appeared on TV and in films.When at home in Apsley, however, he enjoys "a quiet life" listening to music and watching films from the 1920s.

He was found to have 241 piercings including 151 in the head and neck when examined in London on the 17th of October 2008 for the world record.  After working as a Barclay's Bank manager for over 30 years, Lynch retired, and gave up his conventional life style in the late 1990's after reading a book on piercings.
His first piercing was in his nose. Lynch hated the conformity of the work place and developed an interest in extreme body modification as a way of standing out from the crowd. Although the piercing came after he left the bank, Lynch got his first tattoo when he was in his 40's.

His nickname of "Prince Albert" will give a clue as to where some of those piercings are. However, this is something of a manufactured record. Rather than simply having the piercings and then seeing if he had made the record, he made sure that he had more piercings in order to gain the record.

He said: "I never thought about breaking the record. I've always just done it because I like it but it is quite an achievement.

"I was actually a few short so had 20 or so popped into my arms to up the numbers and if somebody beats me I could always find space for a few more."

John Lynch  is a unique character whose story is just as interesting as his visible appearance. He is known for having the most piercings of anyone in the UK where he resides. You may recognize him from tattoo and piercing sites, tattoo conventions, and magazines.  

He was married for over 20 years and has a daughter and two grandchildren.  He eventually admitted he was gay and left his marriage. He went from a banking career to managing a gay porn book shop.  You might say this was the turning point of John’s life as well as a major career change.

Now John is almost 80 years old and still loves his freakiness.   

He enjoys the people he meets who are curious about his appearance and he has no problem with people taking his picture. And as if his many piercings, facial tattoos and face paint weren’t enough to catch your eye, John is known for wearing mini-skirts.  He also sports trans-dermal implant horns on his head.

John’s advice to young people is to never get tattoo or piercings that would interfere with their employment prospects.  He followed his own advice and seems to have made up for lost time.

 Here I am with Prince Albert at Camden markets in London.

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