Man with 1,000 tattoos is getting a new one for each day of lockdown

How are you keeping track of what day it is? (Top tip, the clap for carers happens on a Thursday).

Under the current coronavirus pandemic many of us are struggling to distinguish one day from another – and time seems to be playing weird tricks on us.

So one man has said no more and has gone about making an unconventional calendar… only his body is the canvas.

Chris Woodhead, 33, from London, decided to add a new tattoo on his body for every new day in lockdown.

The professional tattoo artist, who works in a studio in Hackney Wick called Maria Paradise, has inked various quarantine-themed tats on himself each day in isolation.

Some of the quarantine-themed body art includes writing the NHS on his chest as well as a very relatable ‘when will it all end?’ on the sole of his foot.

While the official lockdown began for us on 23 March, Chris went into isolation a few days prior meaning he had a headstart on the tats.

Now, as he approaches his 44th inking, Chris is running out of space.

‘The idea came about from just wanting some structure in my seemingly aimless days,’ Chris tells

‘Before I knew it I started to rely on that structure and something to do every day.’

Finding a new area to add some new designs is no easy feat for Chris, who’s already got an impressive collection across his body.

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Self-isolation tattoo no.43

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He adds: ‘I have got over 1,000 tattoos. I’ve been getting tattooed for the last 15 years heavily.

‘I am on day 44 of tattooing myself every day. I’m running out of space but I can always blast over things, fill out any empty bits.

‘I enjoy the challenge.’

We won’t list every single tattoo from the past 43 days but here’s a sample of Chris’s lockdown artwork:

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