61-year-old bodybuilder, Ray Houghton, has transformed his body inside and out. His muscle work has earned him a 54-inch chest, 18.5-inch bicep, and 34-inch waist. His skin, now fully covered in tattoo ink, has earned him some extra coverage.
Now ready to complete the “full-body suit” look, Houghton has tattooed his penis on Christmas Eve.
He says the present to himself makes him “feel complete.”
To get there, he wrapped his penis around a rolling pin to keep it in place.
Houghton said while it wasn’t too painful, his testicles swelled up to four times their usual size after the four-hour session.
“I don’t feel the pain anymore but the tattooist couldn’t believe I wanted to get such a sensitive area done,” Houghton said. “There was quite a bit of blood and it was uncomfortable to walk the next day.”
As Houghton and his tattoo artist couldn’t just unzip and flop onto a bench or table, they surmised a rolling pin would work best.
“It was quite weird at first but it made a lot of sense,” Houghton said. “It worked out perfect really.”
Houghton spent around £7,500, just over $9,500 in US dollars, and more than 240 hours on a full tattoo bodysuit.
“None of the tattoos were really painful at all to have done, even this last one,” Houghton said. “I have wanted my penis done for three months but my normal tattooist wouldn’t do it. I wasn’t nervous, just excited to to finally get it done.”
He started his tattoo mission at 59-years-old, after “beginning to feel like an old man,” and wanting to cover up old tattoos.
“I did lose a lot of confidence and I began to feel like an old man. What people think of me is important to me,” Houghton said. “Those old tattoos were done when I was 17. They were disgusting. Now I’m proud to show my body off again and I can’t wait to show people my body in full. I love it.”
Originally, Houghton had his eight tattoos, including a boat, a naked woman, a Geisha, and the words “mum” and “dad.” These were done in a caravan near his Royal Artillery base.
After getting into bodybuilding, Houghton was too embarrassed of those tattoos to show off his muscles, so he covered them up with Maori style designs. From there he continued his tattoo journey to cover any signs of ageing, with ink.
“I was so desperate to get it done. I didn’t like to look in the mirror and see my ageing skin,” Houghton said. “I like to look young. I hated seeing varicose veins and wrinkles. It’s horrible.”
“I had age spots and scars that I were ashamed of,” he said. “But now I am proud to go along to the nudist beach. People tell me they can’t believe how good I look for my age. I feel like a celebrity and I love people staring at me.”
“I’ve been big all my life and as I got older people stopped telling me I looked good. But now I feel great again.”
Houghton added, “I feel complete when I look in the mirror now. It was the perfect Christmas present.”