Archives for October 2012

New Trends in Body Mod – Valley of the Dolls

model Lily Cole as a living dollLily Cole photographed by Sølve Sundsbø

So I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed a certain trend floating through fashion shoots, body modification, and photo diaries lately.  Women who are making themselves look like living dolls.

some of the nets most popular human dolls“human dolls” Anzhelica Kenova, Valeria Lukyanova, Venus Palermo, Dakota Rose, and Anastasiya Shpagina

This started a few years ago with clever makeup, then plastic surgery, (and of course photoshop) and just ballooned from their until it founds its way into tattooing, piercings, cosmetology, editorials, runway, and just about everything else.  And now for your viewing pleasure, some interesting “dollisms” to help break down this rising fad.

First off, most of the young women who are known on the internet for their doll-like looks are very accomplished makeup artists.  In fact, a couple of them are makeup artists by trade, and many have also done modeling work and been shown how to use makeup to transform their features.

amazing doll-like makeup art

Next, there’s also our good old friend, the circle lens.  These little babies make the eye appear huge by distorting the size of the iris and pupil.  They’ve been around for a while, but didn’t reach the peak of popularity and availability until they were used as part of Lady Gaga’s wardrobe in the music video for her hit “Bad Romance.”  Next time you see someone who looks like they have large eyes, take a good look.  Once you’ve seen the difference, the lenses are pretty easy to spot.

circle lenses to mimic doll eyes

Then we have corsetry.  Although some of the tiny-waisted living dolls out there are rumored to have had surgery (including the removal of ribs, Ouch!), a couple of them appear to have used corsetry, including tightlacing, to achieve their unbelievable dimensions.

tightlacing to cinch the waist

Finally, there’s the rising trend of doll-style tattoos.  Amongst the most popular body art motifs are buttons and zippers, garters/bows, and corset laces.  Pretty much anything that makes the subject appear to be sewn or buttoned up like a rag doll fits the bill.  (I have to admit, I love the buttons!)

tattoos of doll parts and ribbons

Also, a few of the human dolls out there have incorporated body piercings.  This is mostly belly rings, but other tiny and feminine piercings like those around the nose and lips have also made their way into the mainstream.  One of America’s most famous dolls, KotaKoti, has often been photographed wearing two cute little studs in her snake bite lip piercings.

KotaKoti and her lip piercings

So what do you think about the living doll trend?  Human barbies: hot, or not?

Halloween – Jewelry, Makeup and Vampires

It’s time again for Halloween, and with everything floating around the modification and alternative fashion world right now, I decided to pull some of my favorite picks.  Here we go:

awesome creepy piercings and tattoo art


Check out this super fun Halloween ear jewelry.  I love the idea of wearing plugs that look like a jack o’ lantern.

fun black and orange ear jewelry

And for people who don’t have their ears pierced, cuff jewelry is perfect, like these fun little Day of the Dead style charms.

cute skull and flower cuffs


flirty zombie Halloween makeup

A lot of makeup styles are really popular this year, especially amongst the modified community, but I think sexy zombies, sugar skull faces, and pop art makeup based on the artwork of Roy Lichtenstein top the list.

pretty Day of the Dead style skull face makeup

Plus, they’re easy to replicate, and there’s fun makeup tutorials all over the internet in print and on video to help anyone get these looks.

Roy Lichtenstein cartoon style makeup


cute vampire girl snarling

I guess we can blame the Twilight franchise for vampisms continuing their amazing popularity, but there’s definitely an upside to it: hyper-availability of cute and kitschy vamp jewelry.  Tell me that you love this necklace as much as I do!

vampire bite jewelry and tattoosvampire bloody dripping bite necklace

And finally, my prediction for most popular Halloween costume this year: Snow White.

pretty pierced girl dressed as SNow White

Even though we can definitely expect to see more black swan dancers, corpse brides, Snookies, and super heroes, I think that Snow White (especially hilariously naughty takes) is primed to blow up huge this year.  Let me know what you think will be the most popular/best costume for 2012 in the comments.


Epic Wins – Unique piercing and Tattoo Successes

Seen anything really funny on the internet lately?  I know I have, so I thought I’d take a moment to give credit where credit is due, to all of the awesome (and slightly twisted) minds that come up with those little sweetnesses that get us through the day.  Starting with…

webbed toes with hilarious tattoos

the best use of webbed toes, EVER.  Then onto the guy that decided to see just how many times a single tongue can be pierced.

tongue with tons of piercings

Moving on to the best case of tragedy turned modification coolness that I’ve ever seen.

awesome shark arm tattoo

Then to what constitutes possibly the most amazing use of clear large gauge body jewelry on the web.  Did I mention that the phrase “show your teeth” will have an entirely new meaning from now on?

clear jewelry in stretched lip

Next we go to a definite winner in the “ink plus body hair equals awesome” category.  Talk about making a hairstylist’s day.

tattooed face with haircut mustache

And who could forget: sweetest custom nose jewelry on the planet Earth.  (Do you think he was trying to raise awareness about the illegal poaching of African Elephants for their ivory?)

elephant tusk jewelry in nose piercings

And finally, the girl who said with tattoo art what we’re all feeling every time we pop in a set of earbuds.

musical tattoo inside ear

So thanks modification pioneers, for turning up the volume and letting loose the funny.  What would Google do without you?