Man has half his nose cut off and his ears removed to look like a living skull

His efforts to transform his appearance and the spooky results started after his mother's death

He has put up with a host of gruesome and painful procedures including one to remove the lower half of his nose and another to take his ears off.

The heavily tattooed artist has had his tongue split in half and tattooed a blue-grey colour, and had skull features, including black eye-sockets on his tattooed on his face.

Kalaca Skull, 22, was the first person in Colombia to opt to have his nose and ears voluntarily removed, prompting a media storm in the country, the Daily Mail reports.

He has also shaved his entire to reveal hundreds of painful head tattoos and piercings.

His efforts to transform his appearance and the spooky results started after his mother's death.

The young man said he was always fascinated by skulls as a child but refrained from any body mutilation while his mother was alive as she wouldn't have given him the green light.

Kalaca told a Columbian news site he feels "very attached to skulls".

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