It’s Almost October… Here’s Some Halloween Style Inspiration

It’s almost October 1st, and we all know what that means. It’s time to let your inner witchy girl out. Evil or fun? Skeletons or ghouls? You can wear all of your favorite Halloween things… and you can even put ’em in your piercings!

Halloween Body Jewelry

What about some spooky makeup trends? Metallic lip color is all the rage right now! If you’re not feeling adventurous, nudes are always in. A glistening highlight, some perfect wings and you’ve got an awesome Halloween look, with or without a costume.

Fawn Makeup Red Lips Halloween Winged EyelinerOpalite Moonstone Stone Plugs TunnelsNatural Makeup Nude Lips Shimmer Metallic Pink

You can also keep it simple with black body jewelry that you can wear year round. Not everyone wants a spider web hanging from their ear, but a sparkling black diamond in your nose is just as bold!

Blackline Titanium Body Jewelry

What are some of your favorite fall and Halloween inspired looks this year?

Cool Costume Tricks – Faking Piercings and Tattoos

cool costume tricks

The amount of piercings and tattoos across the younger generations is definitely growing every day, so it’s no surprise that as far as Halloween costumes go, faking body art is increasing in popularity too. So here’s how to fake a piercing or tattoo with ease!

For piercings, you’ll need to get a “clip-on” or faux piercing hoop. There’s a few different types of these depending on what you’re looking to fake, but piercings of the nose, lower lip, and ear cartilage are generally the easiest to imitate and look the most real, so the two best types of jewelry to pull those off are an illusion ring, or a spring loaded ring.

faking nose, lip, or ear piercings

Illusion rings, just pry open to be put on and squeeze together to tighten, and you can even get some that have a little bead on them that makes them look like a ball captive ring. Super authentic.

illusion faux piercing rings

Spring-loaded rings can come with beads or even other decorations too, and because of the spring they can be used to fake other, more difficult piercings better, like belly piercings. Just push the spring arm to open it and when you let go it’ll close and hold itself in place.

You can fake stretched piercings in places where you only have regular piercings too, with cheater plugs. Some of these look like plugs, others like tapers, and because they usually come in a 16 gauge you can use them to fake stretched lip piercings too, like your medusa or labret.

cheater plugs for fake gauging

For fake tattoos, there’s obviously temporary tattoos, but if you want those to look real, it’s best to only buy the traditional style. Anything that has glitter or glows in the dark will definitely look fake, and the most realistic looking pieces will be monochrome and relatively simple, like tribal tattoos. To make it look even more like a real tattoo, cut as close to the edge of the actual design as possible, removing any areas of dead space between as well. Then after applying, you can trace over the design with liquid or gel liner, and finish with a translucent powder. This will give your “tattoos” a nice realistic finish.

faking ink

Even if you already have body art, it’s still fun to add to your collection for Halloween. I mean, you can never have too many piercings and tattoos, right?

Dermals – Look How Far We’ve Come

Look How Far We've Come

In the years since microdermal piercings have come into the mainstream, methods and materials have been perfected, and now that we’ve worked out the technical kinks, it’s that amazing time when the magic happens.  More jewelry is available, more modification artists are honing their craft, and more fun and interesting designs are popping up every day.  What started as single one point piercings performed with a punch, has gone full-out and head-on, ranging from multiple rows of piercings, to hot tattoo embellishments, and even large scale body designs of ever-increasing complexity.

 microdermal piercings being performed

One of the most popular places for women to get dermal piercings is on the cheek or around the eye.  Depending on the size of the jewelry, health of the skin, and shape of the eyes, this can include everywhere from just past the corner of the eye, to the top of the cheek just below the eye in front, to above the brow.  No matter where it is, it tends to look lovely and amazing.  (We’ve all got gorgeous eyes anyways, right ladies?)

 ladies dermals around the eye

Some other common locations for dermal designs include the chest/clavicle area, the back of the neck, the hips/ lower abdomen, the finger (generally where a ring would go), the wrist, the middle of the forehead/bindi area, and behind or directly in front of the ear.

 common places to get dermals

And now for the best part of all: the fun new styles of jewelry.  Instead of just standard gems in varying sizes, we’ve got hearts, stars, teardrops, skulls, and just about anything else you can think of.  Kind of makes you want to get a dermal (or if you already have some, another dermal), doesn’t it?  Keep it going, trend-setters!

cool new dermal jewelry styles

Holiday Costuming – Sweet Mardi Gras Style

alt Mardi Gras fashion(by itashleys-makeup on Deviant Art)

 It seems like Mardi Gras gets better every year, especially if you’re lucky enough to live in area where they hold public celebrations, or have dance shows, or parades.  But one of the best things about this, one of my favorite holidays, is the costuming.  Mardi Gras is like getting a second Halloween; beautiful makeup, colorful hair, and outrageous costumes aren’t just expected, they’re practically required!  So without further ado, here we go, with some of the most amazing modified and alternative Mardi Gras fashions for 2014.

modified Mardi Gras fashion

For anybody who doesn’t know, the traditional Mardi Gras colors (as seen above of course), are royal purple, emerald green, and golden yellow.  Other festive jewel tones like tourmaline pink and sapphire blue are also commonly worked in, with the point being to use color playfully and make what you wear stand out.  For those of us that have color tattoos, rubbing in some natural oils like organic coconut oil, or adding some fun shimmer are great ways to make beautiful body art really pop.  But don’t despair if you aren’t part of the tattoo club, because body painting is another staple of Mardi Gras, and rocking temporary art can be just as fun.

cool festive temporary body artbeautiful body paint by Craig Tracy (source:

If you do nothing else looks-wise to celebrate this year, make sure that you wear a mask, whether it’s real (you can get them at most dollar stores) or painted on.  Half the fun that makes Mardi Gras such a magical night is not knowing who’s under those magnificent masks.  Happy Mardi Gras!

Get Your Freak On – Cool and Freaky Halloween Worthy Modifications

Halloween worthy modifications

Halloween is the one time of the year when we all have the freedom to reach out of our normal comfort zone and take on a new persona. Halloween is about challenging your deepest darkest fears and waving your freak flag proudly. For some people, Halloween is everyday.

There are many who take body modification to extreme levels. This is more than just a gimmick to induce shock value; body modification is a commitment and a way of life. Here are some awesome examples of out-there body mods that can’t be recreated with a simple Halloween costume.

Tongue Splitting Also called tongue bifurcation, it’s a body modification method where the tongue is cut or burned from its tip up towards the base with a scalpel, fishing line, cauterizing gun, or surgical laser. The forked tongue is reminiscent of a snakes tongue and can also be associated with evil.

tongue splitting

Supersized Stretched Ear Lobes Stretching of the earlobes is a traditional tribal practice that is now a global fashion statement. Once the elastic limit of the skin has been reached it will not shrink back down. While there are countless people with size 2 gauge or 00 gauge, there are some who take this trend to the next level by stretching their lobes to much bigger than 2 or even 3 inches in some cases. It’s not just traditional “freaks” stretching their earlobes anymore either; it isn’t uncommon for the girl next door to be flaunting her huge stretched lobes. The stretching process takes a lot time and dedication and is not to be taken lightly.

large stretch mods

Subdermal Implants Subdermal implants are like 3D art that’s surgically embedded under the skin. The body heals over the object and creates a dramatic raised design. Horn implants are some of the most intense, transforming the modified person into something completely extraordinary. Often people who go to such great lengths to alter their physical appearance will do this in conjunction with other modifications to receive the desired effect and dramatically change their look.

subdermal 3D body art

Some people are world famous for their beautiful full body displays of piercings and tattoos. They completely transform themselves into otherworldly beings, with full art and modifications. Other forms of extreme body mod include scarification, branding, ear pointing, neck stretching, corsetry, and plastic surgery. With body modification, the possibilities are endless, so why not get your freak on!

Awesome Irish Body Art

Saint Patricks Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is almost here, and to celebrate I’ve decided to take a look at all of the awesome green, clover, and Irish-centric body piercings and art that make me so happy to be Irish!

cute green hair styles

Even if you’re not Irish even 1% though, you can’t tell me that you don’t absolutely love the beauty of green hair.  As long as the color compliments the skin and eyes of the person wearing it, green hair can look absolutely stunning, especially when it brings out the color in tattoos.

Green Body Jewelry

Green body jewelry is pretty sweet to though, and I love the versatility.  With so many different shades of green (emerald, aqua, forest, kelly, lime…) the possibilities are practically endless, and when you pick the right hue, it can go with just about everything.  And that brings us to my personal favorite piece of Irish/Celtic body mod: the green tattoo.  Clovers, love knots, infinity knots, claddaghs (the crowned heart and hands); all of them are amazing and perfectly show off Irish heritage.  I’ve even been thinking about getting a lucky clover tattoo myself.  What do you guys think?

cool Irish tattoo art motifsThe beautiful claddagh tattoos in the center are (left to right) by Aaron of Neo Soul, and Marc Durrant of MD Tattoo Studio.

Whether you’re super Irish or not even close, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, and if you have Celtic tattoos, I hope you show them off all weekend!

Body Modification – I Blame Barbie

pierced and tattooed Barbie doll

My fascination with piercing and body modification started very early in life.  Like most girls, I painted makeup on my dolls, chopped and dyed their hair, pierced them, and gave them all tattoos. I knew then that things could be modified and personalized, even the body. At the time I could do to my Barbie doll what I could not do to myself, I lived through her in a weird way. I knew that someday I would have colorful hair and piercings, and it is all her fault. Generations of girls have used their Barbie dolls to discover fashion and develop their own style. Barbie has become an icon and a role model. I remember spending endless hours changing her clothes and making up lives and personalities for all of my dolls.

tattooed Barbie dolls

Barbie is certainly an interesting character in pop culture. She is the “perfect” woman and is often judged for giving young girls a false idea of perfection and unrealistic expectations of what a woman should look like. The right hair, makeup, accessories, figure, friends, and boyfriend are all you need for a perfect plastic life.  It is illogical to think that anyone can measure up to those standards of beauty. There are some women who haven taken extreme measures, and gone through plastic surgery, to look like the doll.  If she was a real person she would break in half from the weight of her breasts. That to me is much more frightening than a woman with piercings and tattoos.

In 1999, Mattel released a Butterfly Art Barbie that came with a permanent tattoo on Barbie’s stomach and in 2009, there was  the infamous Totally Stylin’ Barbie. The fact that the doll came equipped with a “tattoo gun” is what bothered parents the most, although it’s really just used to put the tattoo stickers on. In 2011 the controversial Tokidoki Barbie was released. She has pink hair, stilettos, a cactus-covered pet, oh yea, and is covered in tattoos. Tokidoki’s tattoos are actually inked on. Her upper body is covered with exotic looking tattoos, including a large flower covering her chest and a tiger that curls up her neck. Some parents don’t think it appropriate for little girls to be playing with a tattoo covered Barbie. They say it’s sending the wrong message to their kids.

modern modified Barbie doll

There are other dolls on the market that sport piercings, tattoos, colorful hair and alternative fashion as well. Bratz, Monster High, and My Scene Dolls are all examples of this trend in toys. There is also a growing trend in collectable doll modification. Artists are adding body modifications and embellishments to dolls. There are countless DIY instructional videos and tutorials on how to modify your doll. You can learn everything from piercing a doll’s ears with a staple, to how to stretch it, to branding and tattooing your doll. Much more advanced and sophisticated than the “modifications” I was giving my dolls when I was young.

Hard Rock's Rock N Roll doll

The best toys reflect real life. All of my friends have piercings and tattoos, therefore their children will have pierced and tattooed parents. 1 in 4 Americans now have at least one tattoo. Tokidoki Barbie is just a reflection of a more accepting attitude toward body ink and alternative fashion in general. Body art and modification are not going anywhere, and the times are finally reflecting that.  Many children have parents with tattoos and piercings. Tattooed moms everywhere are applauding that it’s about time there’s a Barbie that looks like them. Piercings and tattoos are not a measure of character. I think that dolls that have body modification are a step in the right direction and a sign that the world is changing for the better. It is great to see positive examples of piercings and tattoos in children’s entertainment.  Tokidoki Barbie is a positive example for children not to judge, and reflects that regardless of what someone chooses to do with their skin, they are beautiful.

In Living Color – Body Modification in Cartoons

It is very common to see cartoon characters as tattoos and featured on body jewelry, but it is less common to see them WITH tattoos and other body modifications of their own. I love to see body modification making its way into the world of popular cartoons and animation. To me this trend shows the extreme mainstream popularity of body modification in general. Historically cartoon characters that have been portrayed with tattoos or piercings were always a certain kind of character: Thugs, Punks, and Sailors.  Modern progressive adult/ teen orientated cartoons such as The Simpsons and Daria have shown body modification on everyday people, and main characters.

temporary tattoos

The character Daria is a cynical, modern girl. I have always related to her on a deep level. I was thrilled when she got her belly button pierced in the “Pierce Me” episode. It was especially cute when her long time crush, Trent Lane,  held her hand to ease her nerves. “Just don’t think about it and it won’t hurt”, I think we all swooned a little bit when that happened.

Daria characters with piercings

The Simpsons continue to be on the forefront of recognizing trends. The recent “Hipster Invasion” episode featured many characters with piercings and tattoos. There is also a large amount of fan art that has sprung up with heavily modified Simpsons characters. My favorite might be Millhouse as the popular Dub Step artist Skrillix.

Simpsons characters and fan art

Fan Art and the popularity of memes and viral internet photos has spurred the addition of body modifications to all of our favorite cartoons. Just as in any generation, we want to hold on to our youth with a tight grasp, and we want what we loved then to still remain relevant in our lives. Artists take the characters that give us a warm and fuzzy feeling from our youth and modify them (as we have modified our own bodies) to reflect current standards of trend and beauty. Whether we like to admit it or not Disney Princesses are the standard of beauty for many young girls. Every little girl wants to be a princess.  Now we have princesses that look like we do, complete with beautiful piercings, tattoos, and modifications.

tattooed Disney princess art by Tim Shumateawesome illustrations by Tim Shumate

I was also really excited to see 2012’s ParaNorman have a character with stretched ear lobes.

stretched ears on ParaNorman

Fall Body Mod and Jewelry- Talkin Turkey

brilliant Fall fashion

Watching Fall style evolve around this years Pantone Institute color “Tangerine Tango” has been super fun ( not to mention beautifully bright), but with Thanksgiving coming up in a few days, there’s been a lot of interesting turkey-day-based fashion too.  Just check this out.

amazing turkey art tatts

Best…turkey…art…EVER!  I never thought that a giant tattoo of a turkey would be something I’d be interested in, but these works of art created by talented tattooists have totally changed my opinion.  I love the bright colors, the blend of realism and detail cartooning, and of course the beautiful Autumn elements they’ve brought into the backgrounds.  Absolutely stunning.

funky turkey feather earrings

And these sweet ideas for ear jewelry made with turkey feathers are perfect for dolling up during a season of snow.  (I don’t know about you, but when the temperature drops, my ears are just about the only skin that remains exposed.  So chilly!)

awesome orange hairdos

Which brings us back to the tangerine for a moment.  Orange is a very turkey color, and it’s absolutely amazing how many truly gorgeous orange hairdos have been showing up this season.  Fresh, energetic, and definitely unexpected, I’m lovin’ the fearlessness going on in the alternative fashion world right now.  Have a great Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to spill your own favorite part of Turkey Day fashion in the comments

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?