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Tiger Man

Molly Shortcake
06:10 / 20.08.01

'Tiger man' wants fur graft

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.

"When I have the coat of a tiger, I feel I will have reached my goal in life."

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.

He admitted: "Of course people stare at me when I walk down the street but that's the effect I desire. For so long I have equated myself with the tiger that I decided to change myself into one.

"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."
16:48 / 20.08.01
Someday that musical is gonna end....
Saint Keggers
18:06 / 20.08.01
"But officer, I thought he WAS a tiger. ANd oddly enough I just happen to be wandering the streets hunting tigers. Yes, I know tigers dont walk upright..but what if he was a were-tiger and I didn't shoot him? THEN ther'd be so hell to pay!!! You know, I thougt it odd that he started to scream in Engligh when I started to skin him...anyway he makes a cool rug"
Spatula Clarke
18:20 / 20.08.01
See also: The Lizardman.
20:44 / 20.08.01
yeah, but being a freaky dude is Eric's job.
00:54 / 21.08.01
Kind of ties in with the mutant/transgender issues Morrison touched on with the new X-Men Annual. In a society where surgery is making more and more extreme body modification possible, where does one (surgeon? society?) draw the line? If someone's convinced their body's 'wrong' how far could/should they conceivably go in 'rectifying' things?
15:05 / 21.08.01
Christ, that's a good question.

God knows Surgeons won't tell the patient to stop. As long as they get paid vast amount of money, what the hell do they care?
Our Lady of The Two Towers
16:42 / 21.08.01
"I was convinced I was a tiger in the body of a man. So I had an operation to give me the penis and testicle glands of a male tiger..."

I'm rather disturbed by his 'mane'...
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