Tom Leppard

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Tom Leppard
Born(1935-10-14)14 October 1935
Died12 June 2016(2016-06-12) (aged 80)
Other namesLeopard Man, Leopard Man of Skye, Tom Wooldridge
Known forformerly the world's most tattooed man

Tom Leppard, born as Tom Wooldridge, also known as Leopard Man or the Leopard Man of Skye, (14 October 1935 12 June 2016) was an English-born soldier [1] previously considered by Guinness World Records to be the world's most tattooed man [2] and later recognized as the most tattooed senior citizen. [3] He is said to have spent £5,500 on his extensive body modifications, which covered his skin nearly entirely with a leopard-like colored pattern. He stated he did not feel any affiliation with leopards, and selected spots solely because they were easy for tattoo artists to do on a grand scale. Leppard was a Roman Catholic. [4]

After 28 years service in the armed forces, including stints with the Royal Navy and then as a color sergeant in the Rhodesian Special Forces, [5] he moved from London to a small derelict bothy (hut) without amenities on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, where he lived for the next 20 years as a hermit until 2008. [6] He would travel by kayak to the mainland to buy supplies and pick up his pension and groceries once a week. He then moved to a larger house in Broadford, Skye, followed by sheltered accommodation in a retirement home on the outskirts of the city of Inverness. Although he was surpassed by Guinness as the Most Tattooed Man by Lucky Diamond Rich, he was given another distinction having been named the Most Tattooed Male Senior Citizen. He died aged 80, on 12 June 2016. [5] After his death, his title went to Charles Helmke, whose body is 97.5% covered in tattoos. [7]


  1. Interview with Neil Stephen "The cat who came in from the cold". The Guardian. 28 October 2008.
  2. Guinness World Records. "Most Tattooed Person". Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2007-08-21. Lucky Diamond Rich is now acknowledged as the world's most tattooed person
  3. "Most tattooed senior citizen. (male)". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  4. "Tom Leppard, tattooed man – obituary". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  5. 1 2 "The Leopard Man of Skye Dies". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  6. "Tattooed Leopard Man leaves hermit lifestyle behind". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  7. "Most tattooed senior citizen (male)".

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