Reformed Hollywood hellraiser Charlie Sheen is further distancing himself from his bad boy past by having some of his 13 tattoos removed.

The actor, now a happily married new dad, insists he has no connection to the days when he was a prostitute-using party animal, and so most of his skin art has no relevance.

He says, "I had some tattoos lasered off my chest. They don't represent the lifestyle I thought I would always have.

"So now I have to go through the very slow and painful process of having them removed."

But his wife Denise Richards has reservations about her husband's bid to clean up his skin.

She explains, "I think tattoos are sexy. I told him he could leave them on, but he wanted to get rid of them."

06/10/2004 21:15