A tattoo artist who aimed to sell his highly decorated skin on an online auction site has now abandoned the idea.
Artur Mrozowski – who goes by the name Jaguar – endured 300 hours of pain to get his distinctive black and gold sheen that he claims covers 90 per cent of his body.
Last year he put his skin up for sale on eBay for £75,000.
Artur, 42, of South Shore, was ordered to remove the listing for his “human leather” by the auction site because it broke rules.
He vowed to continue a search for a buyer.
However, now, after suffering a stroke, Artur aims to hang on to his highly illustrated skin after all.
He said: “It was something I wanted to do to provide money for my family after I was gone.
“Now, however, I have decided it is not something I want to do any more.
“I recently suffered a stroke and have decided I want to stay the way I am and keep my skin.”
The father-of-four, who is originally from Warsaw in Poland but moved to the resort in 2009, said last year: “People say I am crazy but we all die anyway and some people donate their organs, some people do nothing with their bodies. I have nothing to lose.”
He claimed his skin could be used to make luxury wallets and the sale was a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance for a collector.
He said: “The main reason for doing it was my kids.
“It would have given them a good start in adult life and let them decide what they want to do in life, not just what they have to do to make a living.
“My family is the most important thing to me and I want to strive to do as good as possible for them.”
However, after attracting a handful of bids, Artur was ordered to remove the listing because it contravened eBay rules over what items are allowed to be auctioned.
The company’s rules state “humans, the human body, or any human body parts” cannot be sold on the site.