Category: Weird Articles
Published on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
There is a new comer in the world of extreme body modification. Ted Richards is apparently so obsessed with his pet parrots that he has done multiple body modifications so that he could look like them – the craziest thing he ever did on his quest to look like his favorite birds was getting his ears surgically sliced off!
The 56-year-old British man from Hartcliffe in Bristol went through a six hour operation to cut off both of his ears. After which, he gave his severed ears to his friend whom he said would “appreciate them”. He is now planning his next date under the operating table where he would turn his nose into a beak.
Ted's bizarre transformation involved him getting 110 tattoos, 50 piercings, a split tongue, tattooed eyeballs and various facial implants in order to pay a visual tribute to his beloved parrots Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi.
Reflecting on his newly shaped head, he said: “I think it looks really great. I love it. It's the best thing that has happened to me.”
“I am so happy, it's unreal. I can't stop looking in the mirror. I've done it because I want to look like my parrots as much as possible. I have had my hair long for so many years, my ears have been covered up.”
“I have to admit I did used to get teased at school about my ears but that's not the reason I've had it done.”
While cutting off your ears would seem unthinkable the retired shoe factory worker has a fondness for extreme body art. His other forms of decoration include a peace sign on his left shoulder, which was branded on with a 750 degree celsius hot iron, and two magnets implanted in his hands.
Animal lover Ted shares his home with his parrots, his South American iguana Iggy and his pitbull Candy. He scours the internet looking for new procedures and says his facial transformation is for his “babies” - Ellie, a green winged macaw, and Teaka, a harlequin macaw.
Ted is over the moon about his new look (having no ears) but one problem he has faced is keeping his glasses in place. To combat that problem, he had small metal pins implanted into his head where his ears would have been.
He said: “I went to the supermarket the other day and when I went in I said 'blimey it's so windy out there it blew my ears off and everybody had a chuckle. There's no doubt that when they made me they broke the mould.”
“But seriously, I love the fact that I'm unique and I have always wanted to be different.”
The practice of removing someone's ears was historically done as an act of physical punishment in England called “cropping”.
Marc Pacifico, a consultant plastic surgeon and member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, slammed the surgery. He said: “I am absolutely horrified to learn that someone has voluntarily put themselves forward for this to be done and possibly more so that he found somebody to actually carry it out.”
“The sad truth of life though is that if you want something badly enough you will eventually find someone willing to do it, Marc continued. “I would like to think whoever did this is not medically qualified because that would call into judgement their ethics and morals. As an accredited plastic surgeon you have to have a great sense of moral and ethical responsibility. I can only assume the ethical code and moral compass of whoever did this does not.”