Man has shoes tattooed onto his feet because he's 'tired of paying' for new ones

The man told his tattoo artist he was 'tired of paying for new shoes so had him permanently ink his favorite Nike trainers onto his feet as a 'conversation starter'

Tattoo artist inks 'permanent shoes' onto a client's feet

A man who was "tired of paying" to replace his worn-out shoes has decided to have his favorite pair of Nike trainers tattooed onto his feet.

Tattoo artist Dean Gunther, 34, used his incredible art skills to draw the design of the trainers onto the man's feet before making the ink permanent and creating a strange but impressive illusion.

Dean, who is originally from Bellville in South Africa but moved to the UK five years ago, recently went viral for tattooing a realistic six-pack onto a man's stomach, but his latest project is even more bizarre.

He said of his creation: “I wanted to create the illusion that the person is wearing shoes, even though he's bare feet. It will definitely make you look twice."

Dean Gunther tattooing trainers on a man's feet
Dean drew the trainers freehand before tattooing 
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Jam Press Vid/@dean.gunther)
The finished trainer tattoos
The finished product looks impressive 
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Jam Press Vid/@dean.gunther)

Dean - who set up his own tattoo studio in Greater Manchester called DG Tattoo Art - found the trainer design his customer liked best, viewed the image in 360 degrees, and then drew the design onto the client's foot freehand.

The piece took Dean around two hours to draw and another eight hours to tattoo onto both feet.

He added: "Drawing the tattoo on my free hand was the most challenging part. I had to make sure everything flowed with the contours of the body. A stencil would not work in this case, so it's all freehand.

"Once that was on, the tattooing was straightforward.

Dean Gunther tattooing trainers on a man's feet
The tattoo took Dean 10 hours to complete 
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Jam Press Vid/@dean.gunther)
The man's feet with tattooed trainers
But the client is happy with the end results 
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Jam Press Vid/@dean.gunther)

“He's tired of paying for shoes, so he decided he will get his favorite pair of Nikes tattooed on him and he can see the funny side to it! Definitely a great conversation starter. His wife loves it too.”

The artist shared his creation on TikTok and Instagram where it racked up more than 2 million views, and commenters can't get enough of the unique design.

One person wrote: "Save a fortune on trainers."

While another said: “Wow, brave man [to do] both feet."

And a third posted: "Mad as pumps, I love it."

Dean recently won Best in Show at the Liverpool Tattoo convention with an African-inspired tattoo that took him three days to complete and has also given fans a hint about what his next tattoo creation will be.

The artist says he will be creating one of the most emotional pieces he's ever attempted in hopes of raising awareness for cancer.

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