Matt Gone, a chef from Portland, Oregon, really loves tattoos. So much in fact, that 98 percent of his body is covered in tattoos. And recently when Matt found that there was no more skin left to tattoo, he decided to take everything one step further and tattoo his eyes.
And not only that: he did it himself. The 40-year-old dyed the whites of both eyes blue and green in a procedure that took 10 mins. He had to anesthetise his eyeballs and use straps to ensure his hands, and the tattoo needle, did not penetrate too far into his eyeball.
"I didn’t want to go blind," he said. "Kids, don’t copy this. Adults, don’t copy this. I got lucky; you won’t be. I’m amazed I . . . have no vision problems."
It took about a week of his eyes feeling like “a rough day with your contact lenses” before they healed, Gone said.
Kevin Cayley, a tattoo artist at Yonge Street Tattoos in Toronto, says that eyeball tattoos have been around for years:
“The most you can hope for is a shape, or a blotch of colour. It’s really nothing to write home about,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to tattoo a guy’s eye. I’d be afraid of damaging their sight. It’s pretty ballsy to do it yourself.”
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