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Oct
05

Microdermals to Adorn your Tattoos

Posted by Disha Singh on October 5, 2008


Tattoos are to adorn your body and to adorn your tattoos – there are microdermals. Microdermals work like jewelry for your tattoos, whether jeweled or plain. They appear like a silver lining in the clouds.

As seen in the picture above, you’d surely be awestruck by enhanced beauty of the tattoo from a jeweled microdermal. This is done by Lucas of PiratePiercing.

This is a great idea to spice up your tattoo and cross your limits to try new body modifications.

Sep
14

An Eye-Candy of Some Prominent Body Modification around the World: Video

Posted by Disha Singh on September 14, 2008

WHYcagr1 submitted this video of amazing body modification pictures on Youtube.

Jul
26

Scarification: What’s your Lucky Number?

Posted by Disha Singh on July 26, 2008


Every soul has different way to wear their lucky number. Some wear it in shape of locket, tattoo and some in new trend of scarification. Scarification also called “Body Carving” or “Skin Peeling” or “Skinning”, is a trend of peeling skin from your body to give a particular design in shape of scar.

I found this number “5” scarification on myspace profile of Eric Lopez, Barcelona, Spain.

Jul
04

DIY Laser Tattoo

Posted by Disha Singh on July 4, 2008

A few days back Instructables.com posted a new technique to etch a Laser Tattoo.

A guy elaborately explains a step-by-step procedure and feeling of getting a tattoo burned into skin from a laser cutter.

Have a look at the video below as well as read more about it in detail at their website.

May
05

Interview of Larry Silverman for the World’s Extreme Body Mod Movie – “Flesh & Blood”

Posted by Disha Singh on May 5, 2008

Larry Silverman
(Larry Silverman)

On 1st of this month Larry Silverman released his latest independent feature documentary, “Flesh & Blood.” Doing several stories on people modified by Steve Haworth for the television series, “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not”, Larry got inspired to make “Flesh & Blood” – a film Larry thinks will surely change people’s outlook towards body modification and “will have a greater understanding about the more extreme side of body modification.”

Not taking your more time you read the interview yourself to know more about the movie.
Flesh & Blood
Disha Singh: First and foremost are you a body modification freak. Do you wear any tattoo, piercing or any other body modification on your body?

Larry Silverman: I love art and personal expression of all kinds. And I love people. But it is not my choice to wear tattoos, piercings, or even jewelry for that matter. But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate great art, even if the canvas is human skin.

Disha: What inspired you to make “Flesh & Blood”?

Larry: I was a director/producer/writer on the television series, “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” and did several stories about people who Steve Haworth had worked on. When I proposed doing a story just about Steve, it was rejected. So I decided to make the documentary on my own. I really like what Steve is doing and wanted to show it in a non-judgmental way.


(Steve Haworth showing his fresh Scarification)

Disha: Why only Steve Haworth, when there are so many other body modifiers around the globe?

Larry: As a documentary filmmaker, I prefer smaller stories about individuals. I was not trying to make a documentary about everything in the body modification realm. That’s been done before. I think it’s wonderful to be able to talk in detail about a subject so that the audience really gets to know them.

Disha: How the title Flesh & Blood came?

Larry: I often have a difficult time coming up with titles. The working title for this film was originally “Thick-Skinned.” But when I finally had to choose, I picked a title that has a double meaning… first, and most obvious, is that Steve deals with both flesh and blood. Second, at the end of the movie, when Steve’s daughter says she wants to be a piercer and do implant procedures like her Dad, she says, “It’s in the blood.” So flesh and blood refers to family ties and specifically to a daughter who wants to carry on in her father’s footsteps.

(Diabolus Rex)

Disha: Can you throw some light on F&B? Especially it’s presentation, storyline and what does ‘Deleted Scenes’ cater?

Larry: I will answer this backwards… the Deleted Scenes are scenes that I like that were in an earlier cut of the movie, but for one reason or another slowed the movie down or didn’t quite fit. However, I felt that fans of Steve and body modification would like to see them.

Regarding the storyline, here is the prepared description I like to give…

Every artist needs a canvas. For Steve Haworth, it’s human flesh. He’s one of the most controversial practitioners operating in the world of radical body modification. He sculpts Teflon and stainless steel implants into horns, stars, and other objects, then surgically places them under people’s skin. Some of the most extreme looking people in the world have spent time under Haworth’s knife. They’re people who’ve become bored with even full-body tattoos and piercings. They’re people willing to endure the pain. They’re people like David, who’s on a quest to cover himself with stainless steel objects that are not only ornamental, but can be screwed in and out of his body.

Some come for a sexual charge, some for the pain, and many just to be different. “Flesh and Blood” is an unflinching glimpse into an intense and mysterious world Haworth helped to create, and the obsessed people who inhabit it.

THIS MOVIE IS NOT RATED. IT CONTAINS NUDITY AND MATURE SUBJECT MATTER. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.


(Hiroyuki Sugisaki)

Disha: Do you think this film will change people’s outlook and increase their knowledge towards body modification?

Larry: I do think that people will have a greater understanding about the more extreme side of body modification, but it’s important to understand that this a story told in Steve’s own words. The film makes no judgments for or against body modification. I do not hold the hand of the viewer. I take a very even-handed approach. It’s up to the viewer to decide if they like it or not.

Disha: What was the biggest unexpected pleasure you got while working on the film?

Larry: Some of the subjects of the film have become lifelong friends. You can’t ask for more pleasure than that.


(Beki Buelow)

Disha: How was the five year life in shooting F&B?

Larry: I shot the film while living in Los Angeles. From time to time, I would travel to Phoenix, Arizona where Steve lives and stay there for up to two weeks at a time. Steve and I would keep in touch and whenever I sensed something happening in his life that I wanted to capture, I would go back. During that whole time, I had other projects that I worked on at the same time so it was hectic travelling back and forth.

Disha: In recent years we see several documentaries made on body art whether tattoos, body piercing and body modification, which is something of new topic. Why do you think it’s on people’s mind?

Larry: People throughout time have always looked for new ways to express themselves, both inwardly and outwardly. Today, we are inundated with so much stimulus that it starts to wash over us and often has the effect of making us numb instead of inspiring us. Body modification offers many a way to feel again, and connect with both the world around them, and themselves.


(Steve performing 3D surgery)

Disha: How has working with Steve and others been?

Larry: Working with Steve has always been a pleasure. We have such terrific mutual respect and admiration towards each other. That’s goes for Beki, John, and others in the film.

Disha: Someone on net accused you of “leading the audience into sharing your disgust for those featured in your documentary.” What do you have to say?

Larry: I’ve never heard that before. That person sounds like someone who has never seen the film. The only criticism I’ve heard is from a few people who think the Preview Trailer comes off like a horror film. I admit I wanted to get some attention with that trailer, but the movie itself is nothing like that. All I can say is, why do all the people in the movie love it so much? They would be the ones to be angry if I made them look bad. I get lots of thanks from people in the body modification community who tell me that the movie inspired them to do more with their bodies, participate in suspensions, and so forth. The only people who’ve actually seen the movie who think it’s negative are people who have never seen these kinds of mods before and are scared of it.


(Francis Sand)

Disha: Another wonders if the man thrives on the flesh he modifies or feeds on the innocence of those seeking ways to be different?

Larry: Steve neither thrives on the flesh he modifies, nor does he feed off innocent people. Steve talks about this in the film. He has strict rules. He will not modify anyone who does not already have a lot of very visible tattoos and piercings. He doesn’t want to be the first person to put them in a position of having society judge them. He usually tells people to think long and hard about their decision to alter their bodies. He’ll have them wait weeks or even months before he’ll perform a procedure on them. If after all that time, they still feel strongly about the modification, only then will he perform his artistry. This is what I love about Steve. He really cares about the impact his work will have on the lives of his clients.

Disha: Who is Larry Silverman in flesh and blood?

Larry: I am the teller of other people’s stories. And I’ve tried to stay true to each and every one of them.


(Joe Aylward)

Disha: What would you say to encourage people to check it out?

Larry: I think the movie is a fun ride. It’s intense, it’s beautifully photographed, and it’s even funny at times.

Disha: Is there anything else you’d like to pass on?

Larry: I love telling stories about people who I love and admire.

(Trailer of Flesh & Blood)

Thanks Larry for sparing your precious time and clearing the haze from our reader’s eyes.

Purchase DVD from www.fleshandbloodmovie.com/
Price: $19.95 (without shipping) and $24.79 (with shipping)

Feb
17

Know your Nose Piercing better!

Posted by Disha Singh on February 17, 2008

LED NOSE PIERCING

In 22nd century I guess everything will be replaced by electronics – even our jewelry as we see the LED Nose Ring in the above picture. As you breathe the ring glows with the help of a delicate fan structure that transforms exhaled air into electric energy to light up the LED light.

For me simultaneous to the talk of LED nose ring is the nostril piercing. Nostril piercing is very common in India or you can say Hinduism. However, the craze for poked nose is growing day by day and is also slipping into western society.

Hindus believe, a girl with pierced nostril get married sooner than others, as it is a honor to the Parvathi – the goddess of marriage and it also symbolizes a married lady. Moreover, pierced nostril also has medical reason that it makes childbirth easier because Ayurvedic medicine associates this location with the female reproductive organs.

Healing:

Nostril piercing takes more time (about two to six weeks) to heal than an earlobe because inside area of the piercing takes longer time to heal. So, we suggest you no to change your jewelry frequently till your piercing has 100% healed. At times it also gives a problem during the process of healing as sometimes the thread of the towel or clothing get entangled with the jewelry. Therefore, it is suggested to wear a ring that is in sterling silver.

Cleaning:

Over rensing and strong soap is not recommended to clean the piercing. Cleaning of the piercing is little troublesome and is required to be taken special gentle care.

After the piercing is cleaned you can apply an antibiotic ointment.

Piercing Aftercare from Grandmaa’s diary:

Heat pure ghee and turmeric powder in a small bowl and with the help of cotton pat this hot mixture on the pierced area. It will help to reduce pain as well as faster healing.

Feb
04

Body Modification: Tongue Splitting

Posted by Disha Singh on February 4, 2008

alan tongue splitting. body modification
Tongue Splitting is one of the hottest body modification. It is a procedure of cutting the tongue from centre towards the base.

Shown above is a photograph of Alan from Indianpolis, Indiana, US. The image shows the bloody scene after tongue bifurcation or tongue splitting.

The brave guy did it himself and said,


“I had no problems with my split. It was healed within a couple weeks of having it done. I had it cut back further once it was healed, and that time it was also healed very quickly with no complications. There was really no special aftercare that I used for it other than I would for a normal oral piercing… rinse with clean water any time I ate or drank anything, didn’t use harsh mouthwashes, avoided spicy/hot foods for a while, and drank a ton of water, etc.”

Guys don’t think that it’s an easy process after reading Alan’s words because he is a professional in tattoos and body modification field thus knows well the pros and cons of tongue splitting. You need to take special care of few things before going in for tongue bifurcation as it can be at times so risky that you can even die.

Always make sure to take help of an erudite practitioner, instead of trying in a group of friends or by yourself, as you can harm the lingual nerve and anemics can suffer because of uncontrolled loss of blood. It is a very painful and a bloody procedure. Consult your doctor or get it done by him.

For more reading about Tongue Splitting check out below pasted link.
http://www.bmezine.com/tsplitfaq.html

Jan
16

Acquaint yourself with all sides of Suspension

Posted by Disha Singh on January 16, 2008

Joy’s 2 point sucide suspension
(“2 point suicide” or “2 point back” suspension)

Hello friends, today I’m here to throw some light on all sides of “Suspension” with the help of our friend and tattoo artist Joy Rumore of Twelve 28 Tattoo, Brooklyn, New York. She is also a member of a suspension group called “Rites of Passage” whose founder is Emrys Yetz.

I had asked her few questions regarding suspension and her group, she replied us and here we have an informative article based on her replies.

This post will surely wipe off the haze from your mind regarding “Suspension”.

Actaully, Suspension is an act of suspending human body via hooks that are poked through their body in form of a temporary body piercing.
2-point suicide suspension

Procedure:

“Suspension begins with the cleansing and marking of the area to be pierced. The flesh is then pierced with sterile needles and hooks. The person suspending is then securely tied to a rig, which is a metal piece of equipment attached to a rope and pulley system. They are lifted off of the ground and then suspend by their flesh alone. They hang for as long as they wish; 2 minutes or 2 hours. When they decided to end the suspension the rig is detached, the hooks removed, and the wounds are bandaged.”

Risks and Safety:

“The risks involved can range from small scarring at the piercing site to shock and death. Some people faint during suspensions. Some people have tearing of the skin around the hook and require sutures.

All people interested in suspending should do so only with those who are experienced and have knowledge about every aspect of the procedure.”

Joy Chest Suspension Scars and healed after 2 years
(Fresh and Healed Scars over two years)

What happens to skin after suspension?

“You may be sore for a few days and sometimes bruising is visible, the skin does go back to normal, though there may be small scars at the piercing sites.”

Price:

Suspension is an expensive procedure and to take an idea regarding its cost we asked Joy to tell us about the fee of their Group. It can vary but she replied;

“We have a donation fee of $100 per suspension. All of us in the group perform suspensions on a non-profit basis. The money received by those who suspend is put back into the group to buy more supplies.”
Suspension hook in the skin
(A pierced hook in the skin with markings on the skin)

Thanks Joy, for sparing sometime from your busy schedule.

Dec
30

Ear Pointing!

Posted by Disha Singh on December 30, 2007

Ear Pointing

Ear pointing is also known as elf ear. It is a cool way of shaping your helix into an elf’s pointing ears.

There is no health secret behind this shaping and is mere a chic act of body modification. However, it is a procedure of removing small wedge of tissue from the tip of the ear, further suturing together the two edges which requires importantly the postoperative care.

According to ModernPlasztika.co.hu :

The procedure itself means a very careful dissection of the structures at the upper pole of the earlobe. The required reshaping is achieved by modellation of a specially designed chondro-cutaneous flap (a flap containing the own cartilage and skin of the patient). The new shape is fixed by means of absorbable sutures, skin closure is made with unabsorbable uninterrupted sutures.

ModernPlasztika is Dr. Lajos Nagy’s clinic that deals in various types of surgeries and body modifications too.

Dec
27

Not Tattooing but Laser Fingernail Etching

Posted by Disha Singh on December 27, 2007

Not Tattooing but Laser Fingernail Etching

Today, my friend Scott sent something amazing… You might have heard and seen of fingernail tattoos but now there is a new way to adorn you fingernails i.e. with Laser Engraving.

Yes, Martin and Bre showed their latest “new year project” of engraving fingernails on Make thus giving a new idea to the people.

They have shown process of laser etching on a video which seems to be pretty painful process but really is not. They have made use of 25W engraving laser to do the fingernail etching with the help of a computer controlled plotter-type device with their hand restrained inside it during the procedure. (Source: Modblog)

They chose calender as their design and look forward to cut each growing month as it passes.