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?


Daydream Nation – A Tribute to End of Summer Fashion

Ah, Summer.  By far the best of all the seasons.  Warm, hazy, relaxing, magical, and absolutely going to be pined over relentlessly during the impending Winter.  So as Summer fades quietly and softly to a close, lets remember the good times that transpired these past months, shall we?

Summer fun and fashion

What did you do this Summer?  Just hanging out with friends?

Summer fun with friends

Or maybe a little romance.

romantic Summer fun and fashion

Perhaps some new adventures, getting piercings or tattoos.

Summer piercings and tattoos

Or was there an anything-but-typical road trip?  Cars overheating, motels in the desert, the famous Route 66, and all of the beachside bonfires and iced gas station coffee that one person can handle.

hot Summer road trips

Yep.  Summer might be over, but I know that we’ll all be thinking of it every time we rub our gloves together and cling to the thermos that’s saving our cold season sanity.

dreaming of Summer in the chill


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?

Hungry for Fashion – Why We Love Effie Trinket

A big thank you to the stylists on the new movie The Hunger Games for finally making fun and fearless alternative makeup, unnaturally gorgeous hair colors, and gems/piercings that are purposefully visible on the face fashionable in an entirely mainstream sort of way.  Hunger Games character Effie Trinket (brought to life by Elizabeth Banks) may be from a different generation, but we actually have a few things in common.  We both have fair skin, change our hair color almost every time we change clothes, and enjoy the feminine beauty of a strategically placed Swarovski crystal or two (or ten, haha.)

Effie Trinket and changing looks

The real story of Effie’s interesting makeup in the best photos that have been released by the Hunger Games team, is the cute little crystal on her cheek.  While I’m sure Elizabeth Banks didn’t go out and get herself a microdermal piercing for the role, the way it mimics one definitely seems intentional.

Hunger Games alternative makeup

And lets not forget that the Effie character’s alternative fashion sense has already sparked a noticeable rise in frosted violet wig sales, and, among other things, a Hunger Games inspired photo shoot starring alt fashion icon Audrey Kitching.  (For those of you who don’t know Miss Audrey by the way, she’s been a driving force in the resurgence of the Monroe piercing.)

Hunger Games inspired photo shoot

On a softer note, the stunning maquillage seen recurrently on Effie in the movie is actually quite reminiscent of the images seen in recent campaigns from some major luxury cosmetics superpowers, like Dior and Illamasqua.  This of course begs the everlasting question of gothic and alternative fashion: “does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?”

makeup from Illamasqua and Dior

I’d prefer to think that it’s a little bit of both.


Piercing Beauty – the New Evolution of Nail Art

All of us ladies are interested in our nails, whether it’s just keeping our natural nails healthy, or going for broke with a set of extremely artsy falsies.  It seems like nail art trends speed by like a freight train, shooting from gem encrusted acrylics, to texture focused crackles, press-on ombre enamel strips, and back again.  But the newest nail decoration trend might just be the funnest yet, and may be breaking the cycle of here today, gone tomorrow fingernail fancy.  I’m talking about pierced nails.

Geisha Art Nails

Nail piercing can be done with both fake nails and real nails, and many places that offer it professionally pierce acrylic nails with a drill.  The jewelry used can be anything from a small gauge captive ring to a spring-loaded hoop, with some who practice the art at home even designing their own pieces using jump rings and less traditional piercing jewelry.  Some of the most popular styles are dangling gems that match color nail art, crystal studs, and regular stainless steel hoops.

Art Nails with Piercings

There are even how-to designs out there for creating special nail art with piercings for birthdays and holidays.  Just check out this sweet set of ultra-femme Valentine’s themed fingertips:

Pierced Fingernail Art for Valentines Day

Pretty cute, huh?  And since the nail piercing process itself is entirely temporary and painless, there’s no reason that all of us can’t indulge in a little nail-centric alternative beauty.

Crystal Dangle Style Captive Rings

New Piercing Trends – the Valley Piercing

You might be wondering what exactly a valley piercing is, but the second you hear it, the name will automatically make sense to you.  This a surface that rests just over the tailbone; basically, right above the center of your derrière.

Tail Bone Piercing

Much like surface piercings of the hips and abdomen, valley piercing started off relatively slowly before beginning a meteoric rise to the top for one very important reason: function.  The piercing itself and the choice of available surface jewelry make the perfect accent to lower back tattoos, just like surface piercing of the stomach accent tattooing or navel piercings.  And oh what an accent!

Tattoos Accented by Lower Back piercing

Although the majority of valley piercings are simple and discreet, some choices of gems and coloring will definitely make the lower back stand out in a crowd.  Just look at the possibilities!

Different Valley Piercing Jewelry Styles

Because of their location, valleys take slightly longer on average to heal than hip piercings, and the risk of migration or rejection is about on par with piercings meant for corsetry.  But aftercare is fairly mundane, and because this piercing hasn’t hit the mainstream yet in the stricter sense of the word, there’s definitely fun to be had when it gets noticed.  Generally these are worn as either a movable barbell or a dermal.

Neat Dermals for Valley Piercings

Now all we need is needles specially made to pierce the tender flesh above our behinds, and there’ll be no limit to the popularity of this interesting and feminine slice of body modification.

Coolest Piercings We’ve Ever Seen – Holiday Edition

In this edition of coolest piercings we’ve ever seen: dermals go deer-like, candy canes get repurposed, and fancy Holiday body jewelry gets taken to an entirely new level.

Cute Holiday Candy Cane Piercings

So most of us have seen some weird and interesting things come out of the world of dermal jewelry, but when did horns suddenly go mainstream?  That’s right, it’s now not only normal, but actually kind of cute to have microdermal, transdermal, or even subdermal horns.  The thing that translates so well into pop culture is that the horns themselves (at least those that have become fairly popular) are less outlandish and frightening, and more innocent and fawn-like.  Horns = cute…..who knew?

Reindeer Horn Piercing

Next on our list: candy canes become multi-purpose.  Okay, so stretching of the ear is nothing new, but the thing that makes this especially cool isn’t the piercing itself, but the choice of jewelry.  You might be thinking that this is so much less extreme than what I usually feature, but there’s no denying that everyone who sees this is going to wish that they thought of it.  I know I do!  Looking cute for the Holidays and having a built in snack?  Pretty sweet.

Candy Canes in Stretched Lobes

And finally, the best has been saved for last.  It’s beautiful, it’s bionic, it’s….really attached?  The answer to that question is a resounding yes.  The newest and most interesting thing to hit body piercing since the invention of the curved piercing needle gives seriously new meaning to the phrase “body jewelry.”  This unique method of body mod uses dermal anchors and surface bars to attach beautiful metal plating to the skin.  Most often paired with ink in celestial or tribal designs, this fun and fancy new form of super-piercing lets you go all out when the occasion calls for it, and then remove layers of bling when it’s time to relax.

Dermal Plate Piercings

Now that’s got to be one of the coolest piercings you’ve ever seen, right?

Celebrity Piercing Style – Why We Love Rooney Mara

Popular Pierced Actress Rooney Mara

When newcomer Rooney Mara won the coveted role of Lisbeth Salander in the English Language remake of 2009’s acclaimed Swedish film “the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” nobody could have guessed what was in the cards for alternative fashion at the hands of this twist of fate.

Rooney Mara's Magazine Cover Shots

Many people may recognize Rooney, 26, from her roles in the 2010 blockbusters “The Social Network” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and those that do will likely remember her looking a little something like this:

Rooney Mara before her transformation

So what’s changed since her days playing a cute, average teenage girl?  Well, for starters, this powerhouse actress took the ultimate plunge to delve into her role as the pierced, tattooed, and mohawked character, Lisbeth: she got pierced.

a pierced Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander

Now, you may be shrugging in that “so what?” kind of way, but when we say “pierced,” we’re actually talking about several rather painful piercings, all at once!  That’s right.  Miss Mara got over a dozen piercings in all, including four holes in each ear and piercings of the lip, nose, septum, eyebrow, and nipple.  And, as aforementioned, most of them were done at the same time.  Prior to her transformation, the budding actress didn’t even have her ear lobes pierced.

Rooney also had her eyebrows bleached, lost a few pounds to allow her a more androgynous look as Lisbeth, and got her hair cut, shaved, and dyed stark black.  Talk about a new look.

Rooney Mara as pierced character Lisbeth

Her real life jewelry style closely mirrors that of her new cinematic persona, except that while the character is often seen in more elaborate and edgy earrings, the actress’s own style is a little more forgiving, often wearing smaller and simpler silver tone hoops.

character Lisbeth's ear piercing styleLisbeth Style EarringsLisbeth Style Spiral Tapers

Rooney Mara Style Hoop Earrings

Although generally not known to show off her lip or nose rings in public, Mara has been seen rocking her eyebrow ring, which again (being more of the same) is a simple curved steel barbell.

Rooney Mara Style Steel Barbell Eyebrow Rings

As for regular jewelry, scenes from the film show Lisbeth wearing dog tag necklaces and oodles of gorgeous circa-1980-punk style bracelets in everything from nylon, to metals, leather, and a cacophony of studs and spikes.

Lisbeth Style Bracelets and Leather Studded Belts

For the most part, it’s hard to tell where Lisbeth ends and the actress begins in the middle of a promotional media frenzy and countless magazine spreads, but whichever way you slice it, it’s hard at the moment not to have a girl crush on Rooney Mara.

Trend Update – Belly Button Piercing in Comic Book Cosplay

For those of you who may not recognize the term “cosplay,” essentially it means playing a favorite comic book hero in costume, like dressing up as Wonder Woman to go to a comic book convention.  The comic book trend has reached an all time high in the past decade, with higher turnouts at local conventions, and more comic book hero movies coming to the big screen than ever before (the Spiderman franchise, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men series, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and Green Lantern, just to name a few).

Belly Rings for Character Costume

But the most impressive trend tied to super heros and comic book heroins for the pierced in the amazing rise in cosplay.  Character photography is everywhere, costumes are now readily available, as well as fabrics for designing custom creations, and there are even entire shops in areas of Japan dedicated solely to character play and costume.

For those of us with belly piercings, the amazing addition of a spectacular navel ring is the finishing touch to our favorite costume.  Recently the most popular styles have come to include stars for many female characters.

Star Themed Belly Button Rings for Cosplay

Also picking up speed are rich looking cascade design belly rings (those that have elongated chandelier dangles that form an oblong or diamond shape.)

Cascading Dangle Belly Rings for Cosplay

And lets not forget the advent of blended bright colors, which really adds that little something extra to a simple character ensemble.

Bright Belly Rings for Costume Play

With so many amazing and blingy, hero worthy belly rings out there, it seems there’s no excuse for not getting into the cosplay spirit, even if it is just for Halloween.