Islamic Rage Boy has been UNMASKED as one Shakeel Bhat, a 31-year-old high school drop-out and ex-con. He told an AFP interviewer, "If my photographs get published across the world, it is because my emotions are real and my looks are not deceptive. The photos show the anger inside." When told that bloggers point and laugh at him, and that T-shirts and other "Rage Boy" merchandise are for sale, he said, "I don't believe this! I have no knowledge about all this. Why do they do it?" He also responded to his nickname, "Islamic Rage Boy," by saying "I don't need any titles. I am a simple Muslim."