Nolan’s war chest tribute to history

Nolan Holmes (below) and his WWII tattoos.
Nolan Holmes (below) and his WWII tattoos.
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This man is a walking history book. Nolan Holmes has dedicated his body to the memory of the heroes and battles of the Second World War.

The 26-year-old has spent four years under the needle of a skilled tattoo artist.

Nolan Holmes and his WWII tattoos.

Nolan Holmes and his WWII tattoos.

And now mechanic Nolan has had a stunning Poppy drawn alongside the pictures of conflict ready for this weekend’s Remembrance Day.

He has portraits of Churchill, Field Marshall Montgomery and even Hitler on his torso.

They sit alongside newspaper front pages of the time and the work includes a touch of humour, featuring comedian John Cleese’s classic line “don’t mention the war”.

The Battle of the Russian Front, the Allies bombing of Germany the Battle of Britain and the German invasion of Poland are all etched into Nolan’s skin.

Nolan Holmes and his WWII tattoos.

Nolan Holmes and his WWII tattoos.

He said: “I have a family interest in the war. My grandmother worked on the production line for the Wellington bombers in Blackpool.

“She was engaged to a GI who was killed in the D-day landings.

“The Second World War has become a huge interest of mine and I study all the books, films and documentaries about the war.

“The history of the war is dying as the world becomes more politically correct. I have dedicated my upper body as a mark of respect to those who served and those who fell in battle.”

Nolan Holmes and his WWII tattoos.

Nolan Holmes and his WWII tattoos.

Nolan, from Fleetwood, added: “These are not cheap back street drawings they are works of art and show the history of the war. My girlfriend loves them.

“It is not just a fashion stamp like many people have done. It is a huge talking point and makes people remember what went on between 1939 and 1945 a time when this country could have changed forever.

“My personal favourites are Churchill and the Spitfires flying past Tower Bridge.”

Pete Sinclair, who has won national awards for his tattoo skills, turned Nolan’s body into a battlefield.

Pete, from Carnival Tattoos in Thornton, said: “It has been one of most unusual commissions and I enjoyed creating a history book on someone’s body especially the action scenes and John Cleese’s line.”