A dad who became addicted to getting tattoos has had 99 per cent of his body inked despite pleas from his wife.
Brett Cross' first tattoo came nearly 20 years ago when he had the name of his other half Dorothy put on his back – though she worried covering his face in ink would hamper his chances at work.
But after 750 hours of work and only his private parts left untouched, the 43-year-old hopes he can beat the stigma surrounding body art for good.
The father-of-three fell in love with getting tattoos after his first inking at just 24 but he said people rarely give him a second look despite his face and head being covered.
"If you're going to keep getting them, go big or go home, the tattooist said when I went back to him,'" Brett told That's Life! magazine.
The former printing technician, from Charleys Forest near New South Wales' South Coast, told his wife he dreamed of being "covered in them" but she was desperate for him to stick to body parts that could be covered.
He quickly got his back, shoulders and parts of his arms completely covered and admitted: "I'm addicted I realised."
Eventually, Dorothy was on board and he claims was encouraging him to get more, which led to 150 hours in six sessions to get his legs covered entirely.
Brett said the office where he worked as a printing machinist never minded his tattoos and parents at his 14-year-old son Michael's school didn't give him a second glance.
He had made up his mind to get his head covered seven years ago but Dorothy was adamant she wouldn't allow it because she worried he wouldn't be able to sustain a job.
But after a year she relented and within just a handful of sessions he was unrecognisable – and then started running a nail salon from his home.
His 24-year-old son was never interested in tattoos as a youth but has since had a full sleeve, while his daughter Anamae, 12, is undecided.
Brett said some people do oggle him but he sees his body art as a way to "express his individuality" and he enjoys the attention.
Dorothy said: "I love him, so I didn't care how he looked. We get lots of stares in the shopping centre, but I'm oblivious to it now."
She describes her husband as a "friendly giant" and thinks he is a prime example of why people shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
Brett has toyed with the idea of getting his sensitive bits done – "something colour, maybe blue birds" – but his tattoo artist, George Siatos, has apparently balked at that.
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