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Leopard tattoo man moves from hut

Oct. 27, 2008 at 12:52 PM

KYLEAKIN, Scotland, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A 73-year-old British man who once held the title of world's most-tattooed man says he has moved from a remote Scottish coastline because he's getting too old.

Tom Leppard, an ex-special forces soldier whose entire body is covered in leopard-spot tattoos, had for years lived in a rustic hut on the Isle of Skye but has moved because he couldn't handle the three-mile canoe trip to the nearest town anymore, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

"I was perfectly happy in the (hut) but I'm like everyone else -- I'm getting too old for that kind of life," Leppard told the newspaper. "I had to canoe to (Kyleakin, Scotland) once a week for shopping and it was getting too hard for me -- I was one big wave away from disaster. It's a pretty nasty stretch of water."

The Telegraph said Leppard, who held the tattoo record until overtaken recently by a New Zealand man, has moved to a retirement home, but didn't indicate where.

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