Once famous and rich thanks to his different appearance, Lucky Diamond Rich quickly fell, facing prison for being involved in drugs.
In 1987, Lucky Diamond Rich, then 16 years old, got his first tattoo - a little bat juggling. He tattooed it on his hip because it was easy to hide and afraid of his mother's objection.
Rich used to be an odd teenager, growing up in an unhappy family in Brisbane (Australia).
He joined the circus to avoid falling into viking apparel a life of crime. And here, he began to be attracted to tattoos. "Every time I make money from performing, I get tattoos."
The more tattoos Rich got, the more famous he became. In 2007, he was recognized by Guinness World Records as the man with the most tattoos in the world, able to live comfortably while traveling around, earning money by performing in the streets and partying every night until dawn. .
However, 10 years later, everything changed. Rich became homeless, living temporarily in a warehouse, addicted to meth and fell into a mental disorder.
To become the man with the most tattoos in the world, Rich has had ink color covering his whole body from eyelids, gums to genitals. "I tattoo 100% of my body. I also have overlapping tattoos," he said.
Rich's distinctive appearance always attracts the curious eyes of people around. But the 47-year-old doesn't mind that. He even felt sorry for people whose lives were boring.
But one day, when Rich stepped out of Covent Garden station in London and heard a street sweeper whistling, he was suddenly strangely angry. "I'm angry because he has something I don't - a happiness from within."
At that time, Rich earned a lot of money, so many people thought he was successful and happy. However, he always felt bored and empty.
Partying is an integral part of Rich's 30-year circus career. But it led to other ugly things, first with alcohol, then with cocaine, and finally with an addiction to meth.
He rehabilitated many times but soon relapsed. The road of viking hoodie addiction has made Rich homeless, empty-handed. "I started losing my mind and always got into trouble with the police. I even faced prison and death."
"Tattoos saved my life"
Rich kept stuck in a deadlock until one day, he received a phone call from a friend who worked in a rehab facility in Sydney. Upon learning of Rich's condition, this person offered to provide accommodation if he moved to New South Wales.
At 49, Rich is building a new life with her partner, Megan, and her two dogs. "It's like night-day if you look at my life three years ago and now," he said.