THE man attacked with an axe outside a Croydon nightclub posted a smiling 'selfie' hours later bragging how "hard" he was.
A picture was also posted on Liam O'Brien's Facebook page which included the words: "Hit with an Axe!!?!? Felt like a pillow!"
He told the Advertiser on Friday his injuries were "not as bad as my hangover".
Mr O'Brien was attacked outside the Bad Apple at 1.15am on Wednesday while waiting to speak to the owner about lifting his permanent ban.
The altercation is understood to have started earlier in the evening and was not connected to the venue.
He was hit from behind and suffered two lacerations to the head, police said.
Mr O'Brien said: "I was literally just standing there and got hit from behind then he ran off."
A 2.31am Mr O'Brien, in his 20s, posted a photograph of his bandaged head on Facebook.
He wrote: "Just got smacked over the head wiv an axe... Hard."
A photograph of Liam in the style of an internet meme was also posted online claiming the attack "felt like a pillow".
Mr O'Brien, a former Riddlesdown Collegiate student, has been following coverage of the incident on the Advertiser's Facebook page and commented under one story: "Loool I still got a headache!!!"
The posts have since been deleted from his Facebook profile.
Detectives from Croydon CID are investigating the incident.
Joshua Streeks, 22, of Croydon was arrested at Gatwick Airport on Thursday by police from Sussex.
He was charged with attempted murder and is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court today (Friday).