Adam got his first tattoo when he was 20-years-old, a small message on his arm that read ‘I am’. But that was only the beginning of a transformational journey that the 32-year-old claims is far from over. He has so far covered 90% of his body with tattoos, and doesn’t plan on stopping until 99% of his skin has been covered in ink. As for the 1% Adam plans to leave untouched, he says they are “secret”.
Unlike other tattoo enthusiasts who cover themselves in ink for the sake of art, Adam Curlykale claims tattoos helped him get over a really difficult period of his life. When he was 22, he was diagnosed with cancer of the large intestine, and although he managed to beat the disease, the aggressive medical treatment he had to endure took a heavy toll on his body.
Months of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, molecular therapy and stem cell therapy caused several skin conditions and a partial disappearance of the pigment in the skin, otherwise known as albinism. People in his native Poland did not accept him, and Adam admits that he had problems accepting himself. Eventually, he became depressed, suffered from eating disorders and even contemplated suicide. Luckily, tattoos saved him.
“Tattoos allowed me to discover myself again. I became beautiful to myself,” Curlykale said. “I design my tattoos because it’s my body. I have a specific vision for myself and I do it step by step. Life is so short that I stopped wondering what will happen tomorrow. Life is here and now.”
“My favorite color has always have been grey, in different tones, and that’s why my current skin color is graphite,” Adam told The Sun. This unique feature, combined with his white facial hair and colored contact lenses sometimes make him look like a negative version of himself.
Adam admits that his unique look doesn’t appeal to everyone, but it makes him happy and that’s all that matters.
“I’ll die fulfilled, as someone who wasn’t afraid to take chances, someone who lived regardless of other’s opinion but in harmony with himself,” he concluded.