Morgan Matheson has covered his body in amazing horror-themed body art. He believes he has spent up to $20,000 on tattoos. Photo Tamara MacKenzie / The Morning Bulletin
Morgan Matheson has covered his body in amazing horror-themed body art. He believes he has spent up to $20,000 on tattoos. Photo Tamara MacKenzie / The Morning Bulletin Tamara MacKenzie

INKED: What $20K worth of prize-winning tattoos looks like

INTRICATE ink images cover almost every inch of Morgan Matheson's body - and he wouldn't have it any other way. 

  Mr Matheson joined hundreds of people at Rockhampton's Lakes Creek Hotel on Saturday to show off his human canvas at the CQ Motorcycle Riders Trust 1st Annual Tattoo and Bike Show.  

The 27-year-old Moranbah tyre-fitter said he made the trip down to Rocky just 'for a look' but ended up going home with three trophies.   

"It's the first show I've been to really," Mr Matheson said.   

"You don't really go there expecting to win anything.   

"I entered in three categories and won two and came second in the other."  

A sleeve of horror character portraits such as Freddy Krueger and Chuckie on his left leg saw Mr Matheson take out first place in Best Leg category while a detailed artwork of a demon on his ribs secured him first place in the Best Medium/Large Black and White Tattoo.   

He also claimed second place in the Small Single Tattoo category for his portrait of Mark 'Chopper' Read.   

Mr Matheson first went under the gun at 18 to have a scorpion inked into his skin and said he planned to pass on the trophies to his tattoo artists at The Old English in Newcastle and Maiden Ink in Mackay.   

"I've got about $20,000 worth of ink on my skin and am pretty much covered head to toe," he said.   

"I hate the pain but I love what it (the tattoos) looks like on my skin."   



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