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London, Wed, 11 Apr 2012 ANI

London, April 11 (ANI): An Indian man who holds the world record for carrying the highest number of flag tattoos on his body is set to break his own record.

Guinness Rishi, aged 70, from Delhi, is covered in 305 country flags, 185 maps, 165 mini flags and 2,985 characters.

But Rishi, who is obsessed with breaking world records, has finally stopped having his body and head tattooed with flags - after his wife threatened to leave him.

His long-suffering wife Bimla finally persuaded him to stop after convincing Guinness that no one else would want to break his world record - which officially stands at his 2009 total of 220 flag tattoos, the Sun reported.

"I've beaten my own record and will invite the adjudicators to come update their books, so that my new total is recognised through the years," said Rishi - who even changed his name from Har Prakash five years ago.

His 22 records include such singular feats as making the longest will in the world - a whopping 489 pages - delivering a pizza from New Delhi to San Francisco, and, of course, carrying the highest number of tattoos on his body.

Bimla is so angered by her husband's attention-seeking that she refuses to go to the market or be seen in public with him.

She has even sabotaged his bid to break the record for the planet's worst political candidate - by promising to vote for him.

Rishi explained his obsession, saying: "I want to be remembered after I die. But my wife is angry at me for getting so many tattoos and that is why she threatens to have nothing to do with me.

"I have not finished yet and am simply looking for a new record I can break," he added.

Rishi's other records include 'taking on the world's oldest adoptee', after he legally took custody of his 61-year-old brother-in-law, and building the tallest sugar cube tower in the world, which stood at 64 inches.

Incredibly, the committed record-breaker also had all his teeth extracted so he could fill his mouth with 750 straws.

"People call me a joker, a madman. It doesn't bother me. My dream is to go around the world several times. I want the children of those countries to ask me, where the flag of their country is, spot it and then, in the process, become aware of my country and other countries as well," said Rishi.

"In fact, I am donating my body to the Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum, so that they preserve it and put in on display," he revealed.

To win support for his bid to preserve his body on public display Guinness even has a tattoo on his forehead bearing the legend, Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

While his forehead, head, arms, legs and chest are covered with tattoos, his back remains pristine.

"I am saving that for a dream project. It's going to be the hall of fame for world record holding tattoo artists. I will have all their names and achievements tattooed on my back," said Rishi. (ANI)

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