Plastic surgery addict, 58, who has 110 tattoos, 50 piercings and a split tongue to look like his favourite bird has now officially changed his name to Mr Parrotman
- Ted Richards, 58, from Bristol, spent years creating unusual parrot look
- Claims his ‘real family’ are his pets – and wanted his name to reflect this
- He has now ditched his ordinary surname in favour of Mr Parrotman
A man who has had his ears removed and tongue split in a bid to look like his pet parrots has gone one step further and changed his name – to Mr Parrotman.
Ted Richards, 58, is so obsessed by parrots Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi that he has his face and eyes tattooed with feathers.
The animal-lover – who has 110 tattoos and 50 piercings – has also had both his ears removed and tongue split so he resembles the coloured bird.
This is Ted Richards, now Ted Parrotman, who had his name changed to fit in with his alternative image
Ted with one of his pet parrots who he said he sees as his ‘real family’ after having no contact with his parents
The retired shoe factory worker got his first tattoo in 1976 and has since built up a collection covering almost his entire body.
But the body art and plastic surgery was not enough as Mr Richards, from Hartcliffe, Bristol, has now changed his name by Deed Poll – to Ted Parrotman.
He said: ‘It’s something I’ve thought about doing for a long time.
‘Because I walk around the streets with my parrots so much, around here I’ve been known as Ted Parrotman for years.
‘So it only seems natural for me to change my name.
‘I’ve not had any contact with my mother and father for years because we didn’t really get on – I don’t even know if they’re dead or alive, and I also don’t talk to my siblings anymore – so I felt no connection to having a family name.
‘For me, my real family are my parrots – so it only seems fitting for my surname to reflect this.’
He said he has a huge following on Facebook and has been offered the chance to appear on Jeremy Kyle’s television talk show.
Ted’s ears were removed after a gruelling six-hour operation last year in a bid to match his parrots
The 58-year-old is obsessed his colourful creatures named Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi
But after having his ears removed last year, he had to return to his plastic surgeon to have synthetic lumps inserted under the skin on the side of his head – because he had overlooked the fact that he wore glasses.
‘This is just what I love doing, modifying my appearance,’ he said.
‘But when I look in the mirror I do think ‘who am I?’
‘And I also think why are so many people interested in what I’m doing? I’m actually quite ordinary really.’
And compared to his dramatic surgery – which included having his eye balls dyed and horns inserted into his skull – changing his name was easy.
Retired shoe factory worker Ted insists he is ‘actually quite ordinary’ despite his modified appearance
‘I was amazed how simple it was to change your name officially,’ he says. ‘I just went online to the Deed Poll website, and in a couple of clicks it was done.
‘Of course then you have to go to the trouble of changing your name on everything – from your bank account to your passport.
‘But the hardest thing for me was changing my name on my Facebook account. That took ages to sort out.
‘I’ve done it because I want to look like my parrots as much as possible.’