Travel Tattoo: Man Tattoos Map on His Back and Fills In Countries He’s Visited

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We all like to keep track of the countries we have visited, but one man has taken drastic action to track his globetrotting, making an unusual travel tattoo – a map of the world tattooed on his back.

The 59-year-old from Louisiana in the US has only owned a passport since 2006 but has used the past seven years to visit more than 70 countries.


 William Passman's tattoo

Living map: William Passman came up with an unusual travel tattoo

To keep up to date with his travels he gets the countries he has visited inked in with a different colour upon his return – making his back a living map. And the unusual souvenir has attracted its fair share of attention from fellow travellers.

“The overall reaction to my tattoo has been great, with many backpackers saying that they had always thought of doing something like that,” said Mr Passman. William added in the Antarctica to the original tattoo after visiting the icy continent. Since applying for his passport he has explored a lot of South America, Europe and southern Africa as well as Russia and Australia. The retired financial planner said he had always wanted to travel but had never quite got around to it.

No pain to gain: William has his tattoo updated after visiting Russia and, right, in Chendu, China. “I woke up one morning and wondered what happened to my plans for travel when I was much younger,” he explained. So far his favourite travel memory is visiting Iguazu Falls on the Argentine-Brazil border when he suddenly realised he was the centre of attention after taking off his wet T-shirt.

“When I turned around all the cameras were pointed at my back instead of the fall, it was an amazing feeling,” he said.


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