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Tom Leppard (b. 1934/35-), more widely known as Leopard Man or the Leopard Man of Skye, was formerly Images-278considered by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the world's most tattooed man. Leppard was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk. He fled society years ago, after spending £5,500 to have his body covered in leopard-like coloured pattern. Until 2008, he lived in a small cabin on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Once every week, the ex-soldier travelled by kayak to buy supplies and pick up his pension.

An interview with Leppard exploring both his past and his current lifestyle is in Henry Hemming's 2008 book In Search of the English Eccentric (ISBN 978-0719522123).

If he went back to civilization, he said he would be plagued by "interfering busybodies" and kids throwing stones at his window.

However, in 2008 he moved into a terraced house on Broadford, Skye after a friend offered to move him by boat. Mr. Leppard (now in his seventies) no longer wished to journey by kayak across the Kyle of Lochalsh as he was only “one big wave away from disaster”


Interesting facts

  • His tattoo does not consist only of spots: the area around them is also covered in golden tattoo paint. Thus all of his body is covered in tattoo, except areas between his fingers and toes and inside ears.
  • He also has leopard eyes tattooed over his eyelids.
  • Tom also has cat-like teeth implants to accompany his 'leopard' appearance.

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