Scarification is not a new form of body modification. In primitive societies, members would scar their bodies to note great defeats and hunts. Today scarification is the creative and artistic application of scars in a controlled manner to achieve an aesthetically or spiritually pleasing result. With this particular body modification, cuts are made between 1/4″ and 3/4″ into the skin while the scar tissue is used to imprint words, pictures, and designs upon the body.
Branding, perhaps, the most painful of all body modifications, is a process that involves burning the skin in a manner that will result in a permanent scar or mark, usually in a pattern or the shape of a specific symbol. In full-scale branding, the iron is heated hot enough and applied long enough that the resulting wound is a third degree burn, which destroys the nerve. Body modifiers who have chosen this form of scarification claim that due to the extreme pain, this type of scarring is therefore more personal to them and to some extent, more symbolic.
3D-Art Implant is any implanted fully under the skin for the purpose of affecting a sculptural change of the surface. The “invention” and popularization of implants as 3D-Art is credited primarily to artist Steve Haworth, who in early 1994, invented the concept of implanting steel under the skin. Implants can be stretched just like piercings. A good example of this are horn implants—they start as smaller implants, and are then taken out when healed and replaced with slightly larger ones. This process is repeated to achieve the final size.
This is one of the newest trends in body modification. Corset piercings are a series of surface piercings arranged up the back in two vertical columns. The piercing is located in the spot where the eyelets would be if one was wearing a corset. It is a symmetrical piercing with an equal number of holes on each side. As few as four holes can be used (two on each side) up to as many as the expanse of skin will allow. Due to the difficulty and risks associated with permanently healing single surface piercings, most corset piercings are intended to be temporary in nature.
Body suspension is the act of suspending the human body via temporary piercings made just before the suspension process. The body is then raised either partially or completely from the ground by especially modified fishing hooks. Suspensions are sometimes used for meditation supposedly to gain a higher level of spiritual fulfillment or awareness. It can also be used as entertainment or as performance art.
Otherwise known as tongue bifurcation, this body modification sees the tongue split centrally creating a forked tongue as a result. Most methods involve laser surgery or scalpeling but some modifiers who choose to do it themselves achieve the look by tightening nylon bindings that have been inserted into an existing tongue piercing. This method takes a while to achieve and the modifier will have to endure a tremendous amount of pain to get there. Tongue splitting is reversible but the reversal is even more painful than the tongue splitting procedure.
A craze that has seemed to take off around the world, earlobe stretching involves a piercing in the ear that gradually over time will be replaced by a larger piercing making the hole in the ear stretch. This is known as a “flesh tunnel”. The stopping point is said to be 1/2 an inch as this is the point in which the ear will still be able to heal and seal the hole. It’s believed this body modification was inspired by the African tribal women who stretch their earlobes as part of their culture.
Some people have started having surgery to turn their human shaped ears into those of a mythological Elf. The reshaping is achieved by a careful dissection from the top of the ear which is then replaced by a specially crafted flap that has been made from the cartilage and skin of the patient. Skin closure is done with unabsorable, uninterrupted sutures.
I do occasionally wear glasses and while in theory this sounds like a good concept I don’t think I would actually attempt it. If you’re not bothered by facial piercings and you’re sick of misplacing your glasses or replacing your contacts, your spectacles can now be permanently attached to your face via a piercing across the nose.
Teeth decorations vary and span from inlaid jewels to teeth filed to points. Some like to sharpen their teeth to look more like a vampire, while others show their wealth by having them all coated in gold. In Africa, some tribes file teeth into points, and knock out others, to show the participant has made the journey from childhood to adulthood.
Feline For Life
While this guy violates all laws of nature, he follows almost all of the body alteration procedures on the list. With the addition of full facial tattoos to stripe his skin like some kind of a tiger, piercings that are used for attaching whiskers, and teeth filing so he can more easily eat a diet of raw meat (yeah, that’s right), Dennis Avner is about as close to being Catman as you can get. And better yet he actually holds down an office job!