A bodybuilder inspired by the Incredible Hulk is risking his life by injecting oil into his arms in a bid to make his muscles bigger. Valdir Segato's huge biceps measure a staggering 23 inches as a result of painful synthol injections.
The 48-year-old's arms have doubled in size from 12in after he began injecting the potentially lethal oil substance five years ago - and now he wants to get even bigger.
Valdir, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is inspired by the physiques of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Hulk and is proud to be known locally as 'He-Man' and 'the monster' in the street.
Valdir, a construction worker, said:
"This is a dream come true that I searched for and conquered. "You look at your body and see that it's growing and you're going to want more. "They call me Hulk, Schwarzenegger and He-Man all the time and I like that. "I've doubled my biceps to 60cm but I still want to be bigger."In his youth, he was addicted to drugs and lost so much weight that people would call him 'skinny dog' and 'little skull.' Valdir said:
"There was a time in my life that I got involved with wrong things. "I got involved with drugs and I started losing weight because you don't eat, you lead a wrong life. "I started to look skinny and people started giving me nicknames like 'Skinny Dog', and 'Little Skull', and so I decided to change my life."
"There was a time that I injected a larger dosage of anabolic steroids and I ended up in the hospital."I mixed a cocktail of anabolic steroids that I was using at the time and I used it to excess. "I was admitted for several days. "It was a difficult time. "The doctors tell me to stop it, the advice they give me is to stop using."But it's my decision to use it because I want to, because I like to."