My boss HID me because he hated my tattoos – their excuse was ridiculous | The Sun

BRITAIN's most tattooed man has revealed a former manager hid him from company bosses due to his dramatic appearance.

King Of Inkland King Body Art The Extreme Ink-ite, who changed his name from Matthew Whelan in 2008, has various tattoos covering 90 per cent of his body.

The 42-year-old was working at a call centre when he claims he was hidden away from management in an apparent 'office reshuffle'.

He told The Daily Star: “I got shuffled around from one office to another when I was working in a call centre."

The tattoo addict, who goes by Body Art for short, said he was sure the "ultimate restrictions" were placed on him due to his heavily-inked appearance.

"The managers were coming up so they decided to have a move around in the office. The person they got to move was me," he said.

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"I got shifted from one end of the office down to the bottom when the managers came up."

However, workplace woes aren't the only time Body Art said he has faced discrimination due to his alternative choices.

He previously said HSBC would not let him open a bank account because of his new name.

Body Art claims the bank would not allow him to switch providers totheirs because the name on his bills does not match his passport.

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“I’ve had a few issues along the way because it's quite unique, quite whacky but it’s my legal name," he said.

“I am trying to switch to HSBC from TSB and they’ve rejected me. They are discriminating against me because of my identity.

“I've got a bank – I am just unsatisfied with them. Anyone else if they are unsatisfied with their bank's service they can easily switch."

In 2013, he was also refused a passport after officials claiming his unusual name doesn't fit their policies.

However, he successfully challenged the Government and got a passport in 2014 with his full name in the identity page – and BART TEI-I, an abbreviated name, on the photo page.

Body Art said he became fascinated by body art when he was nine years old and had his first inking aged 16.

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