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?

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