Tom Leppard

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Tom Leppard
BornTom Wooldridge
(1935-10-14)14 October 1935
Died12 June 2016(2016-06-12) (aged 80)
Other namesLeopard Man, Leopard Man of Skye
Known forformerly the world's most tattooed man

Tom Leppard, born as Tom Wooldridge, also known as Leopard Man or the Leopard Man of Skye, (14 October 1935 - 12 June 2016) was an English-born soldier[1] previously considered by Guinness World Records to be the world's most tattooed man[2] and later recognised as the most tattooed senior citizen.[3] He is said to have spent £5,500 on his extensive body modifications, which cover his skin nearly entirely with a leopard-like coloured pattern. He stated he did not feel any affiliation with leopards, and selected spots solely because they were easy for tattoo artists to do on a grand scale. Leppard was a Roman Catholic.[4]

After 28 years service in the armed forces, including stints with the Royal Navy and then as a colour sergeant in the Rhodesian Special Forces[5], he moved from London to a small derelict bothy (hut) without amenities on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, where he lived for the next 20 years as a hermit until 2008.[6] He would travel by kayak to the mainland to buy supplies and pick up his pension and groceries once a week. He then moved to a larger house in Broadford, Skye, followed by sheltered accommodation in a retirement home on the outskirts of the city of Inverness. Although he was surpassed by Guinness as the Most Tattooed Man by Lucky Diamond Rich, he was given another distinction having been named the "Most Tatttooed Male Senior Citizen". He died aged 80, on 12 June 2016.[5], after his death he's title was surpassed by USA man Charles Helmke, whose body is covered by 97.5 percent in tattoos.[7]


  1. ^ interview with Neil Stephen in the Guardian newspaper: The cat who came in from the cold (28 October 2008)
  2. ^ Lucky Diamond Rich is now acknowledged as the world's most tattooed personGuinness World Records. "Most Tattooed Person". Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  3. ^ "Most tattooed senior citizen. (male)". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  4. ^ "Tom Leppard, tattooed man – obituary". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  5. ^ a b The Leopard Man of Skye Dies at Herald Scotland. Retrieved 14 June 2016
  6. ^ Tattooed Leopard Man leaves hermit lifestyle behind at Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 June 2016
  7. ^ "Most tattooed senior citizen (male)".