Is this what Santa looks like under his red suit?
Vitor Martins, a 59-year-old from Brazil, has been a department store Santa for 15 years – and is almost entirely covered in Christmassy tattoos under his red and white costume
“Some people seek me out to find out who this ‘tattooed Santa’ is. While others find out [I have tattoos] and all of a sudden they don’t want to work with me any more and look for a different Santa. It depends a lot on the individual,” he said.
But he added that attitudes towards the inked designs were changing.
“So you and your wife have tattoos, but your kids don’t yet. But when they’re ten or 12-years-old, they’re gonna want to get one, and you won’t be able to say ‘no’, because you have some. So this generation is going to change.
“The day will come when I’m sitting in the chair in the shopping mall, not in a bathing suit, but in a pair of shorts and flip-flops and the little hat with a ball hangin’ there, asking, ‘Hey buddy, how’s it goin’? What’d ya want this Christmas?’”