Staffordshire teacher Peter Mason, aged 64, spent eight working days and used more than 3,000 stamps to create the 3ft by 3ft pixellated portrait of the former South African president.
Close examination of the picture reveals Mr Mandela’s jail number, 46664, from his years on Robben Island.
The shirt itself is made up of South African stamps. In the background it looks as though he has used Machins.
These stamps appear to be 1st class flame NVIs , Millennium 1st NVIs and Blue 2nd class NVIs
The picture is rather small to pick them out, but if you go to the Birmingham Mail web site it is a little larger. Can you pick out what denomination the green stamps are? Also to the far left it looks like he has used black and gold stamps in the design, are these also Machins?.
Mr Mason, who lives in Hednesford, near Cannock, with his 60-year-old wife Jane, said: “As I work part time as a teacher, a lot of my students have been studying Mandela in humanities and I thought his 90th birthday would be a nice time to do this as a tribute. He has also used postage stamps to create portraits of missing toddler Madeleine McCann, Princess Diana and Gordon Brown.