Brendan McCarthy, who also carried out an ear removal at his Wolverhampton studio has today been sentenced.
A tattooist known as “Dr Evil” has been jailed for 40 months for carrying out ear and nipple removals at the request of two of his customers.
Brendan McCarthy, who also carried out a tongue-splitting procedure at his studio in Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty last month to three counts of causing grievous bodily harm.
The 50-year-old, from Bushbury, Wolverhampton, appeared at the city’s Crown Court on Thursday afternoon and was sentenced by Judge Amjad Nawaz.
McCarthy, who ran Dr Evil’s Body Modification Emporium in Princess Alley, admitted the charges after the Court of Appeal said his customers’ written consent to the procedures did not amount to a defence.
Earlier court hearings were told the ear removal was performed in 2015 without anaesthetic, three years after McCarthy split a woman’s tongue with a scalpel.
In comments to police, read into the record by Mr Grieves-Smith, Mr Lott said he 'felt like he had been deceived' as he thought at the time that the procedure was legal.
Mr Grieves-Smith said: 'He stated that had he known it was illegal, he would never have had the procedure because he certainly was not that desperate to have his ear removed.'
Defence QC Andrew Smith had urged Judge Nawaz not to jail McCarthy - who now has 'no direct engagement with customers' - in the 'unusual' case.
Mr Smith said: 'I accept that the conduct Mr McCarthy has pleaded guilty to must cross the custodial threshold.
'But nevertheless in the exceptional circumstances of this case, the court could properly suspend any such sentence.'
Accepting that McCarthy had caused harm, Mr Smith added: 'Each individual actively sought the procedures. It came about as an extension of the work he had historically undertaken in respect of body-piercing and tattooing.
'The defendant is plainly remorseful... expressed through pleas of guilty and expressed in his discussion with the Probation Service.'
After the case, victim Ezechiel Lott said he was glad McCarthy admitted the offences but did not believe he should have been sent to prison.
The 43-year-old said he underwent the procedure out of ‘one-upmanship’ but now regrets getting it done.
Mr Lott, a landscaper, of Walsall, West Midlands, said: ‘I do feel prison is a bit harsh. I had hoped for a suspended sentence.
‘It was a foregone conclusion to me [that he was guilty]. I did say to him “you will be found guilty”. We weren't friends but he was an acquaintance.
‘I did speak to him after the procedure. He asked me how things were getting on, and he wanted to check it.
‘At the time of the procedure, I was heavily into tattooing. It's because of one-upmanship. You see somebody who has something extreme, and want to go one up on it.’
One of McCarthy’s clients, dubbed King of Ink Land, 39, told Black Country Live that he had seen the tattooist turn down requests.
‘He refused to remove ears despite doing mine and other people's. He questioned the ethics of the procedure from a mental health point of view.’
McCarthy has also allegedly refused to carry out more extreme procedures, such as the removal of fingers or toes.
The King of Ink Land recalled: ‘Instead, he gave practical advice about my balance. It's very unfair that it's taken something like this because there are other people around the country doing it - it's a global community.’