Friday, May 06, 2005

Please Help - Tiger Man Needs A Job

Ananova - 'Tiger man' wants fur graft

I heard about this on the radio on the way home from work. Just read about this guy, it's beyond my comprehension.

First the Before and After Photos
25 Years Ago:


Now the story:
A San Diego computer programmer who has spent £100,000 on tattoos and plastic surgery to turn himself into a 'tiger' wants a fur graft. Dennis Smith is tattooed from head to toe with orange and black stripes and his teeth have been filed to needle point. He has also had latex whiskers implanted and surgery to his lips so he has a permanent snarl. He now wants a surgeon to graft tiger fur on to his skin, like a perma-wig. Mr Smith, who has changed his name by deed poll to Cat Man, said: "I have a collection of old tiger pelts from the days of hunting. I want these grafted on to me. It will cost another $100,000 but will be worth it.
<...>His fingernails have been crafted into sharp talons while his hands have tattooed markings like a tiger's paws. He says he feels like a tiger. The short back-and-sides he sported at the University Of California has been replaced with a long orange mane. He has also swapped his glasses for green contact lenses. He holds down a £80,000-a-year computer programming job which enables him to fund the surgery, the Daily Record reports. <...>

Unfortunately Mr. Smith aka Tiger Man (age 46) has lost his job and cannot understand why no employer will hire him. Go Figure!

Finally he says:
"It's the real me. So many men cross-dress without their partners knowing, or dress up and play cowboys or Civil War soldiers at weekends. Me, I'm a tiger all the time and I love it. I had my first tattoos done 20 years ago around my eyes and now my whole body is one pastiche of stripes and shading. I am really proud of it all."

Apparently, Mr. Smith, lives with many cats and has a net over his bed filled with Tiger stuffed animals. Okayyyyyy.

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