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  • 28 May 2010, 8:27

The world's most tattooed woman

A Californian woman with ink over 95 per cent of her body has been recognised as the most tattooed in the world.

Julia Gnuse, 55, got her first tattoo to cover up an unpleasant skin condition on her legs, reports The Sun.

But she carried on until she covered her entire body and has been handed a Guinness World Record for having the most tattoos.

The pictures range from jungle scenes and cartoons to the cast of Bewitched on her buttocks.

The skin condition which kicked off her project when she was 35 is called porphyria. It causes the skin to blister when exposed to sunlight.

Having the tattoos does not combat the blistering but it means none of her scars show.

Ms Gnuse, nicknamed the Illustrated Lady, said: "I did this for the reason of covering scarring from the blisters. They get as deep as three degree burn.

"I had a friend, who is a plastic surgeon, who suggested tattooing my skin the same colour to the scarring that I had, seeing if we can match my just pale-looking skin that I had.

"That didn't work. We tried it. It was very difficult to match that. So I had the idea of a colorful tattoo, then I got hooked. I got addicted."