Mike was a lovely guy who had lost his father and brother in quick succession, had dropped out of school, back into school, and was struggling. A talented artist, he was learning the tattoo art by using his body's left side as a testing ground. He really couldn't be strange enough to suit his need. I remember thinking at the time that altering his appearance in such a drastic way was his way of grieving for his family. I hoped that his grief would subside before he hurt himself too much.