Chris Woodhead painted his body with drawings and symbols from the first day of confinement. And so he became a social celebrity
"I look like a piece of blue cheese (gorgonzola, ed), I have no more space left". Chris Woodehead has become a social phenomenon. From his apartment in London, in Walthamstow, he tells BBC how the project that made him famous came to mind when the whole world closed in. From the tip of your toes to the top of your neck, Chris is all tattooed. There was a drawing a day since the start of the lockdown. Dice, scorpions, witches, tributes to the national health system, anti-Boris writings and a "when will it end?" on the sole of the foot. Getting together among his tattoos is not easy. He has over a thousand.
His passion for tattooing began 15 years ago, when he turned 18. At the time he discovered Duncan X, an icon of British tattoo artists, with an unmistakable style that uses only black ink to draw contemporary illustrations. "Duncan X tattooed me when I was around 19," says Chris to BBC. "And then my best friend started tattooing using me as a canvas."
At the beginning of the block Chris already had a thousand drawings on the body. Now he has 40 more. When the East London tattoo studio where he works closed for lockdown, he went into solitary confinement with his pregnant wife, Ema, and decided to add a new tattoo a day. "I wandered around all day, eating all the eatable from the cupboard. I needed to give myself a structure. Without it, people get lost," he says.
But now the time has come to slow down. Space must remain for his son's name. He made calculations of how much skin he still has available to continue his project. "I have a month left, no more. To be honest, I'm ridiculous. I look like a piece of gorgonzola. There is very little space."