A tattooed permanent clown in West Hollywood moved to Hollywood and was working as a barber over 10 years ago.
The permanent clown named ‘Richie the Barber’ started modifying his face to look like a clown after moving to Hollywood.
Watch the tattooed permanent clown who entertains people in LA
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Richie, who has had many facial tattoos, silicone implants, a split tongue, and a Cheshire cat grin, says he doesn’t regret his decision as he loves being a clown.
He says it is what he loves to do and his friends and family support him.
He told Barcroft TV: “I love being a clown, I’m a clown for life. It’s what I love and what I do. If someone doesn’t accept me, they don’t accept me. But my friends and family love and support me.”
Richie entertains people in Los Angeles and also works as a barber in his barber shop on Sunset Boulevard.
He loves his second job as well as he says he loves meeting new people and hearing their stories.
He said: “What I like about being a barber is meeting new people and hearing their different experiences.”
“It’s okay to laugh here, it’s okay to cry, do whatever you want here and have fun.”
Richie’s love for clowns started when his grandfather took him to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus when he was young.
He met a clown backstage and he was fascinated by him.
He said: “I saw happiness in him – he was joyful and goofy. A lot of people are serious, why don’t we laugh and smile and be who we want to be. That’s what I saw in the clown.”
Talking about his tattoos, he said: “The tattoos around my eyes and nose were the most painful, especially when you sneeze. The forehead and eyebrows too – pretty much everything on the face is really painful.”
Richie admits he is unlucky when it comes to relationships as he had many girlfriends who left him because of his tattoos.
However, it didn’t stop him from doing what he loves to do. He said: “I’ve had many girlfriends leave me because of my tattoos, but that won’t stop me from doing what I want to do. I live my life the way I want to.”
“I’m no Brad Pritt, not all women like clowns but what they do like is good personality.”
He has a 13-year-old daughter who loves him as he says: “We don’t talk about it, I’m her dad and it’s either black or white – she will either be embarrassed or she’ll say, ‘that’s my dad and I love him’ – we’re cool.
“I want to give her the knowledge that it’s okay to smile, it’s okay to be friendly whilst being cautious – that’s what she gets when she comes into my world.”
“I am a clown for life, I don’t just look like a clown, I am a clown – I ride a unicycle, I juggle, I do magic tricks – it’s a whole lifestyle, a whole world I’ve created.”
“My message to people is that it’s okay to smile, it’s okay to laugh and it’s okay to bring out the inner child in you. Bring out the love and light, that’s the main thing.”
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