EXCLUSIVE: Heavily-inked Jeremy McConnell gets a 12-hour head tattoo that covers his ENTIRE scalp... after hair transplant landed him in jail

Reality TV star Jeremy McConnell spent 12 hours under the needle having a tattoo covering one side of his head, MailOnline can reveal.

The former model, 27, went to a tattooist friend with the design for an angel on one side of his scalp, a locket and a key on the other side and a skull on the back, which has a secret meaning known only to the Celebrity Big Brother star. 

Now displaying a completely clean-shaven head, Stephanie Davies' ex was recently released from jail for breaching his community service order to get a hair and beard transplant in Turkey.

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Heavily-inked: Jeremy McConnell was filmed having his head entirely covered with new inkings this week

Heavily-inked: Jeremy McConnell was filmed having his head entirely covered with new inkings this week

His next bid is to transform his whole body into a living artwork over the next couple of months, following his release from prison.

Tattooist Jon Birch, of Jinked Tattoos in Porthcawl, in South Wales, is facilitating Jeremy's rehabilitation after being released for battering of his ex and the mother of his child, former Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davis. He now wears a tag and has a curfew.

He said: 'Now his head is completely covered in tattoos there's no missing him. But he always turns heads wherever he goes anyway.

'He came to me with the designs that he wanted me to fit onto his head. He's chosen them for personal reasons. He's the perfect client who doesn't mind being tattooed so he's no trouble. We just chat and have a laugh together.

Covered: He already has a great amount of inkings, yet the reality TV star has now covered the entire back of his head

A good client: The Celebrity Big Brother star is expected to have another 50 hours done to cover his whole body

A good client: The Celebrity Big Brother star is expected to have another 50 hours done to cover his whole body

Covered in tattoos: The hunk already has plenty of full body tattoos

Covered in tattoos: The hunk already has plenty of full body tattoos

'Our mission over the next couple of months is to turn his whole head and body into a living artwork completely covered in tattoos. That's another 50 hours or so of inking he'll need for that. We're planning it all now.

'He's spent thousands of tattoos here, and he's only been seeing me since last October. Who knows how much he's forked out for all the tattoos he's already got? Because he's got a few.'

Jon, who's also the club secretary at Jeremy's new amateur football club, local Welsh league side Seagull FC, says neck tattoos are all the rage among models like Jeremy, who's now trumped the Welsh reality TV stars and rugby players to become Jon's most famous client.

The design: He had the design of a locket and key drawn on before it went ahead

The design: He had the design of a locket and key drawn on before it went ahead

Covered: It's ironic that Jeremy landed himself in jail over a hair transplant

Covered: It's ironic that Jeremy landed himself in jail over a hair transplant

Pierced: He also displayed his piercings on his ears with his head cleanly shaved

Pierced: He also displayed his piercings on his ears with his head cleanly shaved

Thrown in prison: Jeremy landed himself in jail last year when he breached the terms of his community service order for the sake of a hair and beard transplant

Thrown in prison: Jeremy landed himself in jail last year when he breached the terms of his community service order for the sake of a hair and beard transplant

He continued: 'He's a great guy and we're becoming good friends. I might be helping him come to terms with all that's happened to him over the last couple of years but he's helping me too.

'He got my two kids presents recently to say thanks. He's such a nice guy who's misunderstood. My whole family loves him.'

Irish Jeremy was originally sentenced to 200 hours community service and a 20 week suspended sentence last August over the attack on his ex. 

But he was dragged back before Cardiff magistrates and sentenced to 18 weeks in prison for missing eight community service sessions while jetting off to Turkey for a hair and beard transplant.

Jeremy – who launched his TV career aged 23 on MTV's Beauty School Cop Outs - served just a month behind bars at HMP Cardiff before he was freed on December 27. 

Old friends: Jeremy has visited the same tattoo parlour frequently to get his inkings

Old friends: Jeremy has visited the same tattoo parlour frequently to get his inkings

Inked up: He had 12 hours in total during the recent inking

Inked up: He had 12 hours in total during the recent inking

His turbulent relationship began with fellow Celebrity Big Brother housemate Stephanie after he joined the show in January 2016, with the pair emerging from the house as a couple and splitting a couple of months later amid cheating allegations.

He continued living his life in the media spotlight when it was finally revealed on Twitter, following denials and a This Morning show paternity test, that he was the father of Stephanie's son Caben-Albi, who's just turned one this month. 

The couple tried to make a go of things again when they were briefly reunited for a month last year before breaking up again following another huge row.

Liverpool magistrates found him guilty of assault by beating for throwing her around like a rag doll in a fight last March over a sex toy after he'd taken cocaine, despite his claim that he'd acted only in self-defence.  

Angel: It's believed the inkings have a special meaning to Jeremy

Angel: It's believed the inkings have a special meaning to Jeremy

Mysterious: However, the reality star has chosen not to disclose the meanings

Mysterious: However, the reality star has chosen not to disclose the meanings

Patient: He was patient and calm throughout the experience

Patient: He was patient and calm throughout the experience

Live: On his right knuckles, the words 'Live' were displayed

Live: On his right knuckles, the words 'Live' were displayed

Is he out of his mind? He is expecting to make his whole body a work of art

Is he out of his mind? He is expecting to make his whole body a work of art

Unique: The tattoo artist said he was particularly hard to miss

Unique: The tattoo artist said he was particularly hard to miss

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