'What have I gotten myself into?'

Akira Ong, 28, who had a full face tattoo done this year, took a few days to get used to it. He is likely to be the first person here to sport such a feature, as tattoos lose their stigma

A person with Mr Akira Ong's short, skinny frame and mild demeanour would not often catch the eye.

But stroll down a street with him and most heads would turn for a second look, with some so fascinated, they end up staring.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 28, 2018, with the headline ''What have I gotten myself into?''. Print Edition | Subscribe