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By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 16, 2012 in Odd News
Wandsworth - Richard Ashton from the U.K. always carries his passport. In fact his passport has become a permanent part of his body since he had it tattooed on his back.
A passport is a suitable means of identification for a person that decides to get a tattoo. One frequent traveler has taken the matter of his ID so seriously that he actually had his passport details tattooed on his back, conveniently passing his own passport to the tattoo artist as identification for the proceedure and then as a model for the artwork.
According to the Sun, Richard Ashton, 27, a personal trainer from Wandsworth, London, had his passport tattooed onto his back as a memento of a backpacking holiday in Australia in 2005. He said "I wanted something to remember my holiday by, but also wanted something patriotic. My girlfriend at the time thought I was a bit daft, but eventually she found it hilarious. That seems to be the general reaction."
Ashton is not allowed to travel overseas brandishing his back as identication, as he is still required to carry a regular passport through customs. However, he revealed that he has used it as ID in order to make a bank withdrawal, whipping of his shirt in an Australian bank.
Increasingly tattoos are also being used to provide medical information. According to American Medical ID, medical tattoos are a viable option for those needing to carry information about their medical condition.
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