Parrot Man Chops His Ear Off To Look Like A Real Parrot (Warning: Graphic Content)

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Meet Bristol's Parrot Man, the body modification enthusiast who took his love for those colored birds a little too extreme.

Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan
Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan

Some people would really go to extreme lengths when it comes to body modifications. They'd do things you wouldn't even dare dream on having anywhere in your body. As grotesque and peculiar their body mod choices may sound, it's all for the sake of their desires to alter their appearances to greater extents.

Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan
Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan

Some body modifications enthusiast adapt new identities through their body mods. They turn themselves into new re-imagined entities they baptise themselves through art. Others are “reborn” into skeletal men and such, some simply get hooked into body mods and happen to find themselves in it, while others fancy themselves as animal-like humans so they turn to body modifications to make it happen.

Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan
Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan

Ted Richards is a 57-year-old pensioner from Bristol and the resident “Parrot Man.” You're right about the crazy for parrots thing but you won't know how crazy Ted is exactly about the birds until you hear about the rest of his body modifications.

If you think you're hardcore with your genital piercings and your dermal implants then sit down with Parrot Man and try not to squirm too much.

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Photo by Simon Galloway
Photo by Simon Galloway

The multiple facial piercings, forked tongue, and dermal implants are just the tip of the whole damn iceberg that is Ted Richards aka Parrot Man. The 57-year-old who describes body modifications as his “oxygen” had 30 piercings (reduced from 50) on his head alone while he lists a total number of 110 tattoos as of June 2015.

Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan
Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan

I suppose we're a bit behind with the updates here as quite a lot of things has changed since then. A lot can happen in a matter of months when it comes to a body modifications enthusiast. That's because Ted might have lost a few more piercings since then since having his ear cut off a couple of months ago. Read that again.

Courtesy of ITV
Courtesy of ITV

“I didn't like them. I love body modification,” Ted said in a Jeremy Kyle TV interview.

Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan
Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan

He has recently undergone a six-hour surgery in the hands of a professional surgeon—who was reportedly just as horrified—to get rid of both of his outer ears in an effort to look more like his pets.

The ‘cropping’ merely added up to his multiple horns and facial piercings, inked eyeballs, forked tongue, stretched piercings, and a peace sign branded on his shoulder with a 750°c iron early this year.

Courtesy of ITV/Jeremy Kyle Show
Courtesy of ITV/Jeremy Kyle Show

Here, they showed a picture of Ted before he got most of his radical body modifications done. Ted insists that he doesn't mind the negative comments as people in his area knew him very well and are often just fascinated with his body mods rather than horrified. "I went to the supermarket the other day and when I went in, I said 'Blimey it's so windy out there it blew my ears off' – and everybody had a chuckle," he shares with Bristol Post.

Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan
Courtesy of SWNS/Dan Regan

He's not living his days on his own with his five lucky parrots, though. Ted currently lives with his girlfriend Suzannah, a fellow body modification fan. Parrot Man shares his Bristol home with her and their little family of parrots, an iguana, and a pitbull.

Photo by Simon Galloway
Photo by Simon Galloway

“I love the fact that I’m unique and I have always wanted to be different,” the 57-year-old says.

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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