Romford tattooed man to appear in Channel 5 documentary

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:30 26 July 2016

Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon


A 60-year-old man who has covered his body in tattoos as “revenge against the OCD”, will appear in a documentary next month about his transformation.

Keith Gordon, from Romford, will be featured in Old Face, New Face, a one-off special focussing on people who have made drastic changes to their bodies.

“Once I started, it made me feel so good and feel a lot more confident,” he said.

“I then started feeling so good that I just wanted more and more and more and more.”

Heavy metal and religious markings are among the designs to have been inked on Keith’s skin over the past eight years and he is not thinking about stopping anytime soon.

But the father-of-four, who now lives in Dagenham, hasn’t always been keen on expressing his love for body art.

After having his first tattoo at the age of 17, Keith soon decided to get rid of it.

He said: “I didn’t know at the time but I had OCD.

“When I had them done, I just wanted to change my look and got rid of them as soon as I could.

“Eventually it kind of clicked that I had OCD and then went to get help for it.

“I started seeing more people with tattoos and I knew I wanted them.

“I think I do like the attention, it makes me feel important, like I’ve achieved something - like I’m special.

“It was my way to almost get revenge against the OCD by doing exactly the opposite of what it made me not want to do.”

Keith will be talking more about his reasons for his love of tattoos on the show and his family will have their say.

He said: “My family doesn’t appreciate them at all.

“I had to pay my wife £1,000 to get her first tattoo of a rose on her shoulder.

“A lot of things don’t upset me, but it does upset me that my family doesn’t like them.

“I do it, because it makes me feel good about myself.”

Old Face, New Face will be on Channel 5 on August 4 at 10pm.

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