Ear Pointing: Body Modification or Cosmetic Surgery?

There’s no doubting the increasing desire for modifying the human body in today’s society. Whether it be with tattoos, piercings, or plastic surgery, a market for sculpting and creating with flesh and bone flourishes with scalpels and needles finding new and welcoming homes in the body art industry. Some modifications are more extreme than others, with several emerging in popularity that do much more than poking a hole through your skin. An example of one such procedure lies in the topic of our post today: ear pointing.

 

 

Ear pointing is a medical procedure that alters the shape of the ear for cosmetic change and to gain unique features otherwise unseen in society. Many times, the ear will be transformed to reflect a less humanlike appearance, such as the popular pointed elf shape that many fairy-fashionistas are flocking to add to their other-worldly personas.

While this specific body modification may be painful and much more permanent than your typical mod, there’s no question that it has still made its place well known within the culture and style of those looking to modify their body.

 

 

What do you think about pointed ears? Would you try a procedure like this to modify your body? Leave a comment & tell us your thoughts!

Magnetic Implants: Can You Gain a Sixth Sense with Body Modifications?

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What are magnetic implants anyways?

Also known as neodymium implants or installs, the original plan for magnetic implants was for the ability to carry around metal objects, but when that didn’t work, the application that came from it was something just as wondrous – some call it superpowers, a sixth sense.

By implanting tiny rare Earth magnets into your fingertip, you can gain the ability to sense electromagnetism in the world around you. How does this work? The magnet vibrates very slightly and stimulates the dense nerves in your fingertip when you encounter things like electric stovetops and live electrical cables. While there may not be anything inherently magical about magnetic implants, it’s difficult to keep your curiosities away from this “bio hack” and its ability to allow you to experience the world in new ways.

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Reasons for Getting Magnetic Implants

  1. IF YOU WANT TO BE AWESOME…You can perform neat tricks like picking up bottle caps and other small metal objects like paper clips, which makes for a great icebreaker if you’re an office worker. You’ll be able to feel security gates that you pass through when you enter and leave retail stores.
  2. IF YOU WORK WITH ELECTRONICS…You’ll be able to feel the live wires versus the dead ones. They can also be used to detect when large electric motors start up or shut down (in the fridge or in streetcars, for example).
  3. IF YOU ARE A BIOHACKER…Biohacking is similar to transhumanism but is more centered around the technology emerging in our world and cyborg aspirations. With these types of implants, you are able to sense large electric fields through their vibrations when your hands/finger gets close to devices that are powered by electricity. You’d also be able to tell whether or not an object is ferrous (contains iron).

How can you have implants of your own?

Well, first you must turn to the expertise of a body artist to do the procedure. Most of the time this will be a professional body piercer with specialization in these types of body mods. According to most experts, it is safest to have a single magnet inserted into the ring finger of your non-dominant hand (seeing as how it’s usually your least used finger). We should also warn you that it would most definitely be painful since the process is essentially a giant syringe injecting the tiny magnet under your skin with no anesthetic.

The magnets used for this are actually quite common – you can buy them on eBay! However, their ability to anchor sub-dermally in your fingertip lies with the type of bio-coating used on the magnet before implantation. Size is also an important factor since larger implants would inhibit proper blood vessel function.

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The point of insertion will look as if it’s a papercut on the edge of your finger and the sensation that is brought upon by the implant does not start right away. After about two weeks (to give your tissue and nerve endings time to adjust) you should have normal operation of the implant and the magnetic field sensitivity some look for with this unique body mod.

Also, interestingly enough, it will take some time for people who get the implant to actually realize the sensation they’re feeling is coming from their implant. Basically they’re having a feeling generated by the implant, but their brain hasn’t quite caught up to figuring out what this new sense means just yet. Best part of all? It’s super easy to take out if you choose to. Just a pinch and a few days healing time and you’ll be back to your plain and boring mortal self.

If you’re really feeling curious about neodymium magnetic implants, we suggest you set aside the time to watch this video all about it.

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What is in store for the future of magnetic implants?

There are even some new technologies in development that are using this body mod to work hand-in-hand (literally) with their designs. Imagine being able to link up your implant to an app in your phone to sense something that would usually be naked to the human eye? The possibilities are endless…

Even more interesting, there could be a medical benefit to magnetic implants. There is a study in the works at the University of British Columbia where researchers have developed a device that works when a magnet is passed over it and is currently being looked into for the possibility of one day being used in administering painkillers and chemotherapy drugs on demand. Who knew magnets could do so much?!

Alternative Migraine Relief: Daith Piercings

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Daith piercings are on the rise this year. Understandably… they’re super cute! The inner cartilage piercing can be accessorized with a ride array of jewelry, ranging from simple curved barbells and segment rings to elaborate captive rings, and even septum clickers.

 

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons the daith piercing has increased in popularity is the rumored benefit for those who suffer from migraines. Many who experience these excruciating headaches go through countless trial & error processes trying to find relief. Piercing a hole in your body to test out an unproven theory might seem kind of crazy, but I recently started suffering from migraines, and let me tell you – It’s a risk worth taking!

 

Even if you find your migraines still remain, at least you still have this cute new piercing to accessorize!

 

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The location of the piercing happens to be an acupuncture pressure point. Although the effect the piercing has cannot be directly related to an actual acupuncture procedure, it is still being examined as another “alternative” form of treatment for migraines. In theory, piercing this area could provide something more than a placebo effect. As for fully curing migraines… eh, not so much. If anything a daith piercing will lessen the frequency of the headaches, which in turn decreases drug dependency. If you could eliminate the need to depend on medication for relief, would you?

 

Have you felt migraine relief due to a daith piercing? Do you have any alternative approaches to migraine relief that you’ve found work? Share with us in the comments below!

Style Inspiration: Festival Season Trends

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Is it just me, or have music festivals grown enormously in the past 5 years? They’re everywhere! Large scale festivals, with big hitting acts on their lineups. It’s pretty much gone from an experience people dream about having to a yearly tradition.

 

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Even if you’ve never been, or maybe have no desire to, you’ll still find that fashion and popular culture are heavily influenced by the styles seen at music festivals. It’s a place where people really embrace their individuality, and the perfect setting for up & coming fashionistas to start the newest trend.

 

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You’ll also see quite a bit of new body piercing trends becoming widely popular. The septum piercing is still holding steady, along with the up and coming return of multiple ear piercings. We’re talking ears full of piercings! It’s a wonderful time to be modified.

 

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Here’s to the nights that turned into morning, and the friends who turned into family.”

2016 Piercing Trends – Septum Piercings & Multiple Ear Piercings

If you’re the on-trend type, then maybe you already know this. The fashion world and celebrities are definitely into piercings, and this year is no exception. We decided to put together a guide to the piercing trends you’ll mostly likely be seeing a lot of in 2016.

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Septum

Septum piercings have been on the rise in popularity for a few years now. We definitely won’t see a decline anytime soon! Jewelry for these piercings ranges from simple to elaborate designs, drawing inspiration from Middle Eastern culture. Septum clickers are the most popular style of jewelry used, but captive rings and horseshoe barbells are also a hit. And can you really deny the legitimacy of a piercing that emphasizes the perfect lip color? Absolutely not.

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Multiple Ear Piercings

Pretty sure this trend has been around longer than the septum piercing. Something about it screams 90’s to me, in the best way possible. This would be one of the exceptions to the whole “less is more” rule. The more earrings, the better! There are so many unique ways to complete this look. Not to mention an array of sparkling jewelry to boot. Cartilage piercings like the rook, daith, tragus and helix are popular. For the daring, try the double hole piercing known as the scaffold or industrial!

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Check out StyleCaster for more ideas!

Summer Piercings – Funky Feet

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Okay, so, I’m not really a foot person.  Maybe it’s the fact that my feet are super ticklish, or that I have kind of creepy “finger toes,” but I’ve never really liked feet.  Not mine, or anybody else’s.  Some of the fun, interesting mods I’ve seen lately though, might just help to change my mind.

Did you know there was such a thing as foot piercings?  Well I didn’t.  But some of them are actually pretty cute, and dare I say, even feminine.  Dainty surface bars near the ankle, sparkly dermals on the toe, even the foot corset looks nice (albeit temporary).

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As intriguing as the mods themselves are, there’s actually a gorgeous crop of toe rings out this year too.  So anti-foot people like me don’t have to worry about how new toe piercings would heal stuffed into a gym sock and a pair of Vans.

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The toe ring look is a great compliment to that exotic, world-traveler, bohemian style that’s so popular this year too.  And even those who are fashion-impaired (ahem) can get away with it, no belly dancing costume required.

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Ah, feet.  Still gross.  But I’m definitely starting to see their potential.

Have You Heard? – Ragnar Piercing

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So, for anybody who’s thinking “what the heck is a ragnar piercing,” it’s just a fancy word for deep snug.  It’s basically just a transverse ear piercing that starts about where a regular snug would, but goes through the entirety of the scaffa/helix cartilage and emerges at the outside edge of the ear.  Funny name, awesome piercing.

A ragnar can have a slightly different orientation from person to person, depending on that person’s individual ear anatomy and the amount of other lobe, conch, or helix piercings that are already present and might need to be worked around.  Sometimes it’s almost perfectly horizontal, but other times there can be a mild to moderate incline or decline.  It all depends.

different ragnar/snug orientations

Apparently the name “ragnar” comes from the first fella to ever be pictured where the piercing, which believe it or not wasn’t even invented until after the year 2000.  So it’s definitely a contemporary piercing.

Some people wear a ragnar with a straight barbell, others with a curved one, or sometimes even a flexible straight bar (usually made of bioplast or PTFE).  Rarely it can be seen with a large diameter horseshoe or captive, but for most wearers that isn’t really an option.

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So that’s the ragnar.  Admittedly unique, interesting, and enticing for a next piercing choice.  We’ll see!

New Piercings for the New Year

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Now that the holidays are finally coming to a close and life is a little less hectic and demanding, everybody’s minds are probably turning to one thing: the new year.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll be thinking about New Year’s resolutions, going shopping with all those gift cards (score!), and of course what new mods you want this year.

Two new tattoos and some ear piercings are on my list, but for those who aren’t sure exactly what they want, here’s some things I’ve seen recently that are super cool, still pretty rare, and definitely bound to be serious contenders in 2014.  Hope you like them as much as I do!

The Transverse Lobe Piercing

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It’s basically like a horizontal ear lobe piercing; it goes sideways through the lobe.  The really great thing about these is that they can be done even if you already have a regular earlobe piercing, or in some cases, even if you have several.  Stretched lobes can be worked with sometimes too, and there are some who have purposely pierced through well-healed stretch mods to create a really unique look.  Pretty neat, right?

The Lip Surface

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These are called by a few different names including “lip surface piercing,” and “horizontal lip piercing,” but no matter what you call it they’re fairly new and interesting.  Unlike a traditional surface piercing, they’re usually worn with a small curved barbell, but variations have recently started to emerge.  Whether you have other lip piercings already, or just want something a little different, this type of lip piercing is pretty sweet.

The Rhino

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Although they’re not completely new, rhino piercings are definitely still one of the rarest nose piercings.  The nice thing about being around a while though, is that all sorts of styles have started popping up.  There’s even rhinos being done as single point piercings, which is a cuter, more feminine version that looks great on women.

What do you want to get in 2014?  Let me know if you’ve got any cool or really unique ideas!

Branding and Scarification – Modern Body Art

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Body modification is a global trend that’s been around since the beginning of time. Some people modify their bodies for religious reasons, and others do it for personal pleasure or purely for aesthetics. When a simple tattoo or piercing won’t satisfy your body mod needs, there are other options.

Branding and scarification are two permanent methods that are on the more extreme side of popular body mod. Just like anything else, beauty is subjective and personal; some people prefer the look and feel of scars to ink or metal. Others turn negative scars, such as those from car accidents or operations, into beautiful body art.

Branding is the burning of the epidermis with a heated piece of metal to leave a design in your skin. With branding the artist has a bit less artistic freedom (this process is used mostly for basic geometric designs). There is also a harsh smell associated with the burning process that is not pleasant for most customers. Strike branding, similar to livestock branding, uses a hot piece of metal. There is also cautery branding with a heated wire tip, laser branding with electrical sparks, and even cold branding with liquid nitrogen.

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Scarification by cutting is more popular in the modern age. (This is not to be confused with self harm.) It has been practiced by many West African tribes to mark milestone stages in both men and women’s lives, such as puberty and marriage. In Ghana they use scarification to treat certain ailments such as stomach pains and the measles. In modern body modification shops, an artist will use a sterilized scalpel to essentially carve a design into your flesh. With this method they’re able to create very intricate scar designs, and the design will eventually heal into a permanent raised scar.

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The most common style of scarification is cutting.  For this all the artist needs is a scalpel and sterile blades. They use different sized and angled blades as a traditional artist would use multiple paint brushes for different effects. The initial set up is not too different from a tattoo; skin is prepped and cleaned, then the stencil is applied and approved.  A scalpel is used to outline the design with fine cuts, which feels similar to a tattoo sensation. The outlines are created mainly by cutting at the correct depth and width, which opens up the skin to get the desired result, rather than skin removal. Ink rubbing refers to scarification where tattoo ink is rubbed into the wound, and packing is a process where clay or ash is packed into the wound to create more bold, raised scars.

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There are some extra warnings involved with the scarification process, because it’s the only body modification that relies completely on your body’s reaction and healing. Infection control and proper aftercare methods must be practiced very closely, due to the open wound. It’s impossible to tell how each person’s scar will look once it’s healed.  Some scars will indent, some will raise, some will be very pink or red, some will be purple, and some will even be white or more subtle than originally hoped. The uncertainty and extra pain will cause some prospective scarification candidates to opt for a more controlled tattoo.

You Can Pierce That?! – The New Frontier of Modification

Eyelid

Yes, as strange (and dangerous) as it sounds, you can actually get your eyelid pierced.  Because the piercing itself is so impractical, most people who get one only keep it for a short time, and discomfort to the eye just comes with the territory, but you have to admit, it looks pretty neat.  Most eyelid piercings are either done near the outside corner and worn with a circular, or pierced horizontally through the lid and worn with a small gently curved barbell.

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Uvula

This is something that many of us thought of before it actually became a reality, but it’s now a fact: you can pierce the human uvula.  Some have even braved piercing it twice!  The thing is, the natural gag reflex doesn’t actually kick in when you touch the uvula; it’s the tonsils and other tissue around it that make you gag.  So, the piercer and client usually practice without a needle first to be sure that both can successfully avoid tripping the reflex, and then, needle goes through and voila.

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Gums

Smiley, frowny, vampire, and tongue web piercings probably still seem a little strange to a lot of people, but in true gen next fashion, we’ve already moved on to something even more awe inspiring: gum piercings.  Instead of going through the soft tissue of any of the upper or lower lip frenulums, this is a piercing of the actual gums themselves.  It’s a little bit tricky, and pretty much everyone bleeds, but once it’s done the look is actually pretty cool.  Like all oral piercings though, you’ve really got to watch the health of the gums and teeth with this one.

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Hand

First it was the finger dermal, then the finger and thumb webs, and now, directly through the palm.  This one is super new and it’s usually called a “crucifixion” piercing, for obvious reasons.  The potential for nerve damage is definitely real, but there’s no denying how awesome it is to know that you can safely and successfully pierce clean through your hand.  This definitely falls under the “don’t try this at home” category.

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