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Eduardo Arrocha, whose stage name is "Eak the Geek," specializes in eating nails at New York's Coney Island.
updated 9/4/2007 7:12:38 PM ET 2007-09-04T23:12:38

A tattoo-covered Coney Island sideshow performer who specializes in eating nails says he has found a new calling in the law.

"I know it sounds weird, but I want to be a freak lawyer," the man known for 15 years as "Eak the Geek" told the newspaper AM New York in an article published Tuesday.

"I hope to have a little office in New York and work with the alternative people, all the so-called riffraff, to give them legal representation that is not judgmental," the Mexico native said

"Coney Island was very good to me, but it was just time to go," Eak, 45, whose given name is Eduardo Arrocha, told the paper by phone from Lansing, Mich. "Eak the Geek is the performance, but I'm also a person."

He said he's following in the footsteps of his father and brother, both lawyers.

Arrocha said he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in May from Marymount College in Manhattan and was starting classes on Tuesday at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

"The people here are very curious about me," he said. "I'm the new zoo animal here."

Arrocha, a burly 6 feet tall with tattoos from his shaved head to his toes, acknowledges that his new career will bring some challenges: "I've never had to tie a tie before."

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