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Call Him 'Lickasso': Man Paints Beaver With World's Longest Tongue

"It's a gift ... I have to use it."

The man with the world's longest tongue is doing what he was born to do: Paint a beaver with his tongue.

Nick Stoeberl, 26, currently holds the Guinness World Record for world's longest tongue -- a whopping 3.97 inches from tip to closed lip.

That honor might be enough for some people, but Stoeberl feels a giant tongue is nothing if not used for the betterment of humanity.

"It's a gift," he told HuffPost. "I have to use it."

So Stoeberl has started using his licker as a paint brush, making portraits and art works by dipping his tongue in acrylic paint and then onto canvas.

Stoeberl has done numerous tongue paintings including one of talk show host Steve Harvey, but is proudest of his most recent work: A giant beaver.

"This painting definitely appeals to my taste," he said. "I'm fascinated by beavers."

 

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Stoeberl, who also works as a sharp-tongued standup comedian, was inspired to become a tongue painter two years ago after seeing the work of a tongue painter in India.

"However, when I heard him talk about the nausea he experiences putting the paint in his mouth, I realized I needed to cover my tongue with Saran Wrap first," he said.

It took Stoeberl about six hours to complete the beaver painting.

"The area surrounding the beaver was easier to lick than the beaver itself," he said.

Stoeberl's work with his tongue is more of a novelty than anything else, but the beaver portrait has earned him a spot in the record books.

RecordSetter.com, a website that specializes in wacky records said Stoeberl's beaver painting, which measures 36 inches by 24 inches is the Largest Painting Of A Beaver Painted Using Tongue.

Stoeberl plans to focus his tongue and his creativity toward doing works inspired by Andy Warhol, but is also considering doing a whole series of paintings focused on his favorite animal: the beaver.

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