By Mark McConville
THIS AFFECTIONATE father-of-one looks like he stepped straight out of the page of a comic book after spending £30K to transform into the fictional Nazi supervillain Red Skull.
Stunning pictures show Henry Rodriguez who has undergone multiple modifications documented online to have recently completed his look as the personification of his idol Red Skull, from the Captain America comics.
The eye-opening images show Henry’s journey as he first gets his eyes tattooed black, has implants inserted into his head and then has his nose removed.
Other shots show how Henry interacts with his adoring three-year-old son, Aaron.
“I would like to highlight that I came from a very modest and traditional family,” said Henry.
“It wasn’t easy for my family to accept my lifestyle but, even so, they are still my family and a part of me.
“My son Aarón Rodrigo is three years old. If he accepts me and loves me I don’t care about what other people would say. What matters to me is being happy and accept myself. We will always be judged.
“With tattoos or not, implants or not implants we are all the same and we are the only ones who can achieve what we want.”
Henry has had to deal with some prejudice since his modifications, but said family is the only thing that matters to him.
“Since I was a child, I’ve always liked what was different, extrovert and I am a comic fanatic and I love the Marvel Universe,” said Henry.
“For that reason I decided to be who I am now and I feel good with myself. That’s the most important thing.
“I started this project around seven years ago. I wanted to turn myself into this amazing comic character who I’ve really admired since I was little.
“I feel like there are similarities between this character and I regarding to personality and attitude.
“It is important to say that the only thing I don’t have in common with him is his Nazi ideology.
“As for his physical appearance, I’ve always been attracted to that unique shape, his extrovert personality and uniqueness.”
Henry’s work took around 130 hours to complete.
“My first transformation was the eye tattoo using a technique called inkeyeball,” he said.
“After this I got two implants under my skin. It took around two years because it is a process that must be done in stages and it took longer than expected.
“The implant that I have in the middle part of my forehead was the first one. After that I got the implants in my eyebrows and finally the ones in my cheeks.
“Then we carried on with the amputation of the nose and changed the shape on my ears. The most recent modification was the forked (viper) tongue.
“People reactions are very different, sometimes funny, and sometimes odd but we are here to educate people.”
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