A tattooist dying of cancer has painted his story on his own coffin to help "appreciate life".
Jeffery Beale, 60, was diagnosed with the terminal esophageal cancer in May.
But he says the news has made him live life to the full and "appreciate the smaller things" in it.
He's designed and painted his own £50 coffin, Plymouth Live reports.
Jeffery, who has spent around 35 years tattooing in the city and ran his studio, said: "I’ve got no big ambitions, I’ve done everything I wanted to do, tattooing is my life, it’s given me everything I’ve ever wanted.
"I’m really happy, I’ve never been this happy before, it’s brilliant. Life I’m appreciating to the full, it’s like magic.
"It’s strange isn’t it really that you have to get to this stage to appreciate it?
"All the little tiny things in life you appreciate so much more. It’s all the small stuff."
Jeffrey, from Beaumont, Plymouth, said he was told the cancer had spread through his throat, to his chest and now to his liver, but he is still doing the things he loves in life, like painting.
The artist continued: "I’m still carrying on painting, I’ll paint as long as I can, I love it.
"It’s quite therapeutic.
"I never knew what I was going to paint [on the coffin], all I knew was daffodils, I love daffodils and I got a vision of going down Tamerton Foliot picking daffodils for Mother’s Day and the field was just masses of yellow and it stuck in my head.
"I just thought it’d be something different to do."
On one side, the colourful coffin features snippets of Jeffery's life, including motorbikes, his dog and wildlife.
The other side is a field of daffodils, which is a memory that has stuck with him since he was a small child.
He said: "I tried to build up some of my life story here on this, I love my bikes and I used to build bikes and ride them and go off on adventures.
"I’ve done Route 66 and didn’t want to come back.
"Then I’ve got the shadow when I’m walking the dog down there and the birds, I love birds and wildlife and all that.
"Then the hedgehog, we’ve got one living out the back in the back garden and there’s me painting there.
"I love playing the banjo as well which is on there, the little devil sneaking out there and another bike coming inwards on that side."
Jeffery said that despite his love for art and tattooing, "nothing has ever been planned" in his life and he fell into the career, which he ended up falling in love with.
He said: "A friend turned up, owed me a lot of money but he didn’t have the money so he gave me a tattoo machine and I said I’d give it a go like.
"I started tattooing at home and converted my shed, it wasn’t planned.
"I did a bit for around five years at home and thought I’d get a shop and never looked back, ever.
"It’s never been like going to work either, the only reason it’s a job is because you have to pay rent.
"Nothing has ever been planned in my life it just happened, but if I wanted something I’d get it, you just have to think positive."
Jeffery hopes to inspire others and use his diagnosis to show others that there are lots of things to appreciate.
He had some advice for aspiring tattoo artists, he said: "Just keep going at it, put your mind to it and keep positive.
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