How much would you spend on a piece of art that's guaranteed to go with you to the grave?
For one tattoo enthusiast, the answer is $55,000, and growing.
Jesus Ayala, a custodian handyman living New York City's Washington Heights, has been tattooing his body for the past 15 years. His legs, arms, torso and back are fully covered, with colored images of Hindu and Japanese gods, but his body suit isn't completely finished.
"I'm planning on doing the top of my head before the end of the year. And when I'm an old, wrinkly man I'll do my hands and I'll do my neck," Ayala told CNBC in a video interview.
Ayala estimates he'll spend another $1,000 on his head tattoo.