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Man gets pizza tattooed on head
Colin Helsby's pizza tattoo (Picture: dailypost.co.uk)
The pizza tattoo took around two hours to finish
A man has had a slice of pizza tattooed on his head to raise funds for charity.

Pizza shop owner Colin Helsby raised 500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust after having the ham and pineapple slice inked from ear to ear.

Mr Helsby, 45, of Penmaenmawr, Conwy, is hoping customers at his new takeaway store will continue to donate to the charity once they see the artwork.

He said: "It took just over two hours. I've got a bit of a headache, but otherwise I'm OK."

He added: "I'm really pleased with it, and I'll keep my head shaved at the back for a few weeks to show it off."

Mr Helsby displayed his tattoo at the opening of his new pizza takeaway store, Crusties, on Thursday.

He had been a butcher for almost 30 years, but competition from supermarkets meant he decided to convert his store into a pizza takeaway.

"There was no future in being a butcher because we sold everything the supermarkets did," he said.

"However, they don't do takeaway pizzas so we decided to convert the store and we're not in competition anymore."

Tattooist Blane Dickinson, also from Penmaenmawr, has previous experience with unusual tattoos.

He inked a full English breakfast across the top of volunteer Dayne Gilbey's head in February.

The 32-year-old said he was pleased with the result of his pizza slice effort.

He said: "It's not a photo-realistic image, it's more like a caricature.

"It's really colourful, and I'm very proud of it."

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