Lucky Diamond Rich

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Lucky Diamond Rich
Gregory Paul McLaren

1971 (age 52–53)
New Zealand
NationalityBritish, New Zealand
  • Tattoo artist
  • Performance artist
  • street performer
  • performer at the International Arts Festival
Known forWorld's most tattooed person
Lucky Diamond Rich pictured at Montreal, Canada's PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in 2008.

Gregory Paul McLaren (born 1971),[1] who goes by the name of Lucky Diamond Rich, is a New Zealand-British performance artist, street performer and international performing arts festival performer, whose acts include sword swallowing and juggling on a unicycle.

He is best known, however, for holding the Guinness World Record as "the world's most tattooed person", a title formerly held by Englishman Tom Leppard. Rich has tattoos covering his entire body, including the insides of his eyelids, mouth, ears and foreskin. He has held the certified record since 2006, being 100 percent tattooed.[2][3]

Inspiration and first tattoo[edit]

As a young boy, he read about and became interested in the most tattooed men and women. It did not go much further than just a thought until he got his first tattoo, which was of a small juggling club on his hip.[4]

He went on to tattoo every part of his body including every crevice and genital area. He has tattooed some white over his black tattoos and added colour.[5] His tattoos have collectively taken over a thousand hours to ink, and have been worked on by hundreds of tattoo artists.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lucky Diamond Rich: Most inked man on Earth". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 22 February 2024.
  2. ^ a b Guinness World Records (14 March 2006). "Most Tattooed Person". Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  3. ^ Totaro, Paola (December 16, 2004). "Sydney's Lucky Diamond". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Brown, Thom. "An Interview with Lucky Diamond Rich by Thom Green of Mantra". Archived from the original on March 22, 2008. Retrieved 2007-05-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ Wynn, Kirsty (November 20, 2011). "Lucky sharing his tattoo at gathering of ink fans". NZ Herald. Retrieved May 13, 2012.

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