Kiefer Sutherland's life tattoos
Kiefer Sutherland describes his many tattoos as "a nice map about the journey of life" but admits he sometimes regrets the inkings
Kiefer Sutherland says his tattoos are "like a disease".
The '24' star marks any important events in his life with a new piece of body art, and although he sometimes regrets the inkings he generally sees them as a "nice map of life".
He said: "I have a lot of tattoos - it's kind of disease. You get the first one and then if it matters to you, you get more.
"I got my first tattoo when I was 16 and had just left home. I was really scared so a couple of friends and I got tattoos as a bonding thing. From then on, anytime I went through something in my life that mattered to me I had this desire to make a tattoo out of it.
"I have a lot. There are times when it is difficult. When I work I have them covered up and sometimes see a picture of myself when I had none and think maybe I shouldn't have had any. But most of the time it's a nice map for myself about the journey of my life."
Kiefer - who has a reputation for partying hard and has spent time in prison for drink driving charges - claims he has now curbed his wild ways, and credits his young grandson for being a calming influence.
Despite his love for the youngster - the son of his step-daughter Michelle Kath - the actor says four-year-old Hamish looks "like a failed boxer".
Kiefer added to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "His name is Hamish Adam Kiefer Sinclair and he's a train wreck. He already looks like a failed boxer. He falls down a lot and he gets cut up and he's just beautiful.
"He's one of the great pleasures in my life."