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A NEW York tattoo artist has left people scratching their heads after inking Elon Musk's face onto someone's leg.

Tattooist Alexey Mashkow shared an image of the grotesque body art with his 500,000 Instagram followers on Wednesday.

Tattoo artist Alexey Mashkow inked Elon Musk onto somebody's calfCredit: Instagram/_mashkow_
Musk hit headlines recently after buying Twitter in what he says is an effort to protect free speechCredit: Rex

A true sight to behold, the colourful depiction spans about eight inches and was branded across the client's calf.

It features a likeness of Musk's head and neck, complete with bloodshot eyes and the collar of a black leather jacket.

The slightly more unconventional part, however, is the half-a-dozen face tattoos that litter the billionaire's grinning mug.

They reference Musk's littany of companies, including rocket-maker SpaceX, electric car firm Tesla and brain chip outfit Neuralink.

A gaudy phrase plastered across the mogul's forehead is a nod to his recent and controversial purchase of Twitter.

It reads "free speech" with the iconic Twitter bird logo fluttering through its lettering.

Musk has said that he splashed $44billion to takeover the social media giant in order to protect freespeech.

Alexey was born in Moscow and has made a name for himself inking hyper-realistic portraits onto people's bodies.

He has previously tattooed depictions of Kurt Cobain, Bob Ross, Jim Carey and even Star Wars' Darth Vader onto clients.

The artist told tattoo magazine InkPpl in 2019 that he charges up to $3,000 per session.

Alexey's Musk tatt left the internet divided, with some loving the artwork while others trashed it.

One of the most liked comments under the post is a single vomiting emoji.

Another person joked: "Would be perfect if the Twitter deal falls through".

Others were more complimentary, with one commenter writing: "Can't wait to see the healed version."

Another fan gushed: "I just hope that one day before I die I can have a tattoo made by you… it's my dream, I LOVE YOUR ART".

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