Only Fools and Horses fan spends £3k on Del Boy and Rodney tattoos

What a plonker! Only Fools and H

Only Fools and Horses fan spends £3k on Del Boy and Rodney tattoos

What a plonker! Only Fools and Horses superfan spends £3,000 and endures 50 hours of agony to have Del Boy, Rodney and co. tattooed on his back

  • Dean Paine, 31, sat through 50 hours of agony to have main characters tattooed 
  • The chef is a superfan of the show and wanted to to make his own tribute 
  • Essex-born Dean loves sitcom so much he rode in Del Boy's car to his wedding

An Only Fools and Horses superfan has paid tribute to the classic BBC sitcom by getting some unique body art dedicated to the 1980s show.

Dean Paine, 31,  sat through 50 hours of agony to have the show's main characters tattooed on his back.

The chef from from Wickford in Essex designed the eccentric body art himself using colour photos of Del Boy, Rodney, Grandad, Uncle Albert, Boycie and Trigger.

Dean Paine, 31, sat through 50 hours of agony to have the show's main characters tattooed on his back. Dean forked out £3,000 on the project that he began last November with the Del Boy portrait on his right shoulder He added the image of Rodney on his left shoulder and Grandad down the middle of his spine

Dean Paine, 31, sat through 50 hours of agony to have the show's main characters tattooed on his back. Dean forked out £3,000 on the project that he began last November with the Del Boy portrait on his right shoulder He added the image of Rodney on his left shoulder and Grandad down the middle of his spine

He also included the Only Fools and Horses emblem and Del Boys's famous yellow three-wheeled van. 

Dean forked out £3,000 on the project that he began last November with the Del Boy portrait on his right shoulder.

He added the image of Rodney on his left shoulder and Grandad down the middle of his spine.

Uncle Albert was inked on to his lower back and he finished the design off with two smaller portraits of Boycie and Trigger.

Dean Paine loves the show so much he even used Del's famous three-wheeler to arrive at church to get married

Dean Paine loves the show so much he even used Del's famous three-wheeler to arrive at church to get married 

Dean forked out £3,000 on the project that he began last November with the Del Boy portrait on his right shoulder
Rodney was the second tattoo Dean got as part of the collection

Dean forked out £3,000 on the project that he began last November with the Del Boy (left)  portrait on his right shoulder. He later added Rodney  (right) and the rest of the gang 

He said he is thrilled with the results and thinks the tattoos look 'cushty'. 

'I have been a massive fan of Only Fools and Horses since I was a boy, I grew up with it' he said.

'I have collected things like old props and scripts but wanted to have my own, personal tribute to the show.

'I wanted to use photos from the earlier day of Only Fools and Horses from Grandad's time.

Dean, from Wickford, Essex, said: 'I have been a massive fan of Only Fools and Horses since I was a boy, I grew up with it. 'I have collected things like old props and scripts but wanted to have my own, personal tribute to the show.

Dean, from Wickford, Essex, said: 'I have been a massive fan of Only Fools and Horses since I was a boy, I grew up with it. 'I have collected things like old props and scripts but wanted to have my own, personal tribute to the show.

Only Fools superfan Dean Paine even used Del's famous three-wheeler to arrive at church to get married. It took Dean six eight hour sittings to have the body art done. And he thinks he might have room to squeeze in one more portrait of cafe owner Sid

Only Fools superfan Dean Paine even used Del's famous three-wheeler to arrive at church to get married. It took Dean six eight hour sittings to have the body art done. And he thinks he might have room to squeeze in one more portrait of cafe owner Sid

'Uncle Albert took the longest time because of all the detail of his big white heard but Grandad was the most painful as it is right on my spine.

'But it has all been worth it and I'm really pleased.'

It took Dean six eight hour sittings to have the body art done. And he thinks he might have room to squeeze in one more portrait of cafe owner Sid.

Sam Butler, a tattooist of Vintage Inx of Basildon, Essex, said: 'It took me about seven hours to do each portrait.

'I wanted to use photos from the earlier day of Only Fools and Horses from Grandad's time' Sam said. Grandad pictured centre

'I wanted to use photos from the earlier day of Only Fools and Horses from Grandad's time' Sam said. Grandad pictured centre

Dean has met every living member of the cast of Only Fools and Horses (pictured) apart from Rodney, played by actor Nicholas Lyndhurst (second right)

Dean has met every living member of the cast of Only Fools and Horses (pictured) apart from Rodney, played by actor Nicholas Lyndhurst (second right)

'It was quite challenging because I had to work from old photographs that were taken in the 1980s and so the quality wasn't the best, especially the one of Grandad.

'So pulling out the detail in the photos was really hard but I got there in the end.

'I am really pleased with it and I think Dean is too.'

Dean has met every living member of the cast of Only Fools and Horses apart from Rodney, played by actor Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Dean said: 'It is my dream to meet Rodney and I hope one day someone can help me fill that.'

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