A man has had his favourite pair of shoes tattooed onto his feet because he’s ‘tired of paying’ for new ones.

Manchester-based tattoo artist, Dean Gunther, 34, originally from Bellville, South Africa, revealed how his customer wanted the design of his beloved Nike trainers inked onto him.

The artist recently went viral after saving a person a fortune on a gym membership by giving him a permanent six-pack tattoo, and it looks like he’s not stopping there – with his latest design arguably even more bizarre. 

Sharing his creation on TikTok and Instagram, where a video showing the art has racked up over two million views and counting, Dean reveals how he tattooed a pair of shoes on a customer’s feet. 

The man's tattoo, pictured

A man has had his favourite pair of shoes tattooed onto his feet because he’s ‘tired of paying’ for new ones

Manchester-based tattoo artist, Dean Gunther, 34, originally from Bellville, South Africa, revealed how his customer wanted the design of his beloved Nike trainers inked onto him

Manchester-based tattoo artist, Dean Gunther, 34, originally from Bellville, South Africa, revealed how his customer wanted the design of his beloved Nike trainers inked onto him

The artist recently went viral after saving a person a fortune on a gym membership by giving him a permanent six-pack tattoo, and it looks like he's not stopping there ¿ with his latest design (pictured) arguably even more bizarre

The artist recently went viral after saving a person a fortune on a gym membership by giving him a permanent six-pack tattoo, and it looks like he’s not stopping there – with his latest design (pictured) arguably even more bizarre

‘I wanted to create the illusion that the person is wearing shoes, even though he’s bare feet,’ Dean told NeedToKnow.online. ‘It will definitely make you look twice.’

Dean found the sneaker his customer liked best, viewed the image in 360 degrees and then drew it onto his foot, freehand.

The piece took Dean around two hours to draw and another eight hours to tattoo onto both feet.

One social media user commented on the idea of a permanent shoe, saying: ‘They’ll last you forever’. ‘Save a fortune on trainers,’ added another person.

Sharing his creation (pictured) on TikTok and Instagram, where a video showing the art has racked up over two million views and counting, Dean reveals how he tattooed a pair of shoes on a customer's feet

The customer's feet as they were being tattooed

Sharing his creation (pictured) on TikTok and Instagram, where a video showing the art has racked up over two million views and counting, Dean reveals how he tattooed a pair of shoes on a customer’s feet

Dean found the sneaker his customer liked best, viewed the image in 360 degrees and then drew it onto his foot, freehand

Dean found the sneaker his customer liked best, viewed the image in 360 degrees and then drew it onto his foot, freehand

The piece took Dean around two hours to draw and another eight hours to tattoo onto both feet

The piece took Dean around two hours to draw and another eight hours to tattoo onto both feet

‘Wow, brave man, both feet,’ wrote another user, clearly stunned by the customer being able to handle the pain of tattooing this body part.

Dean said: ‘Drawing the tattoo on my free hand was the most challenging part. I had to make sure everything flows with the contours of the body.

‘A stencil would not work in this case, so it’s all freehand. Once that was on, the tattooing was straightforward.

‘He’s tired of paying for shoes, so he decided he will get his favourite pair of Nikes tattooed on him and he can see the funny side to it! Definitely a great conversation starter. His wife loves it too.’

Dean moved to the UK five years ago and opened his own studio in Greater Manchester called DG Tattoo art. Pictured, the body art

He first started inking people aged just 21 years old and has always looked for ways to help his patrons and the local community. Pictured, the body art

Dean moved to the UK five years ago and opened his own studio in Greater Manchester called DG Tattoo art. Pictured, the body art

Reaction: One social media user commented on the idea of a permanent shoe, saying: 'They'll last you forever'. 'Save a fortune on trainers,' added another person.

Reaction: One social media user commented on the idea of a permanent shoe, saying: ‘They’ll last you forever’. ‘Save a fortune on trainers,’ added another person.

Dean moved to the UK five years ago and opened his own studio in Greater Manchester called DG Tattoo art.

He first started inking people aged just 21 years old and has always looked for ways to help his patrons and the local community.

Dean, who recently won Best In Show at the Liverpool Tattoo convention with a stunning African-inspired tattoo that took three days to complete, has also given a hint to his next tattoo.

He says it will be one of the most emotional pieces he’s attempted, in hopes of bringing awareness to cancer.



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