Archives for April 2012

Fact or Faked? – Zip It

Most of us know how to use photoshop programs (some of us a little too well), so how do you tell if what you’re seeing is real.  Here we examine some of the neatest, most hilarious, and provocative piercing and tattoo photos on the web and find out if they’re fact, or just clever fakes.

The Tongue Zipper

Many of you have seen this utterly awesome looking mod floating around the internet, but did somebody really have their tongue not only split, but also pierced multiple times to look like a zipper?

real or fake zipper piercing

Actually, the answer is no.  At least, not yet.  Even if we knew nothing else about this picture, when you blow it up a tiny bit and invert it for a better look, you’ll see some faint haloing around the second body jewelry stud, and a zipper-pull shadow that has a size, color, and placement that are very slightly inconsistent with the rest of the image.

discrepencies that show the fake

Upon further investigation, you’ll find information on the internet that lets the truth out into the open.  This image was actually entered in a Worth1000 photoshopping contest, as an awesome and thought provoking work of art.  The original image has no second monroe stud, and showcases an unadorned tongue that was actually split, reportedly by Maryland modification artist Zak Zito.  The artist added the second stud and the zipper.

the original image

The Verdict

While it’s a pretty convincing image, this one is clearly faked.  Bummer, right?

Hilariously Bored – Stretched Lobes at Play

Drink Up

cups and cans in stretched ears

“Ten times better than a coaster.”

Hang Out

strange things stuffed into stretched lobes

“Hold this for a second, would ya?”

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Goof Off

playing with stretched ear lobes

“Look mom, I’m playing nice with the other kids!”

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Go Go Gadget Ear Lobes

stretched lobes holding useful stuff

“Everything you need to survive in the modern world.”

 

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Body Modification – Evolved

As more extreme forms of body modification come into mainstream culture every day, the gap between human and superhuman continues to shorten.  But what direction is the next step in human evolution?  Just ask these folks who have modified their bodies to the extreme to achieve a blending of man and machine, man and animal, and even man and immortal.

cool alien full body tattoo

In many places cyber goth has been taken to a new level with full body tattooing, cyborg contacts and eye tattoos, and even plate armor attached to the skin using dermal piercings.  The illusion of a mix between man and machine has never been so apparent.

body mods that mix man and machine

Other humans prefer to mimic immortal creatures, like Rick Genest the “Zombie Tattoo Boy,” and Maria Jose Cristerna, Mexico’s “Vampire Lady.”  Maria doesn’t just have oodles of tattooing and piercings, she also has dental fangs and several dermal implants, all in the interest of transforming into a free, immortal, and powerful creature: the vampire.

body modification to mimic immortal creatures

Some others like Eric Sprague and Dennis Avner prefer to meld with animal species.  Sprague is know as the “Lizard Man,” and has subdermal implants, a split tongue, and a full body tattoo to back it up, while Avner has taken the nickname “Stalking Cat,” having taken several measures to transform himself into a tiger including dental work, ear surgery, a modified upper lip, tattooing, and several dermal implants that hold his whiskers.

transforming into plants and animals

Many of those who modify to the extreme do it simply with the intent of changing their look to something interesting, symbolic, or that they find more attractive, like Cathie Jung, the only living woman with a fifteen inch waist.  Super modifiers Pauly Unstoppable and Hawaii’s “Monster Man” have even pierced, implanted, scarred, and stretched their way to fame, proving that it’s possible to alter the human body to suit individual tastes.

people famous for extreme body mod

Remember when you were little and your parents told you that you could be whatever you want to be?