We all have certain ways in which our taste in fashion and looks differ, but some people have some really unexpected, or even wild ideas about how they want to look like, or how they want to alter their body. Body modifications are conscious altering of the body when the person undergoing a procedure wants the change not because of medical causes, but due to other reasons. For example, certain people would like to fulfill their own whims, while others prefer to showcase certain religious beliefs or communities, or just have a passion for body art. Body modification trends, of course, vary as more and more new options are available thanks to modern technology and the evolution of science, but there are some that will still stand out from the rest perhaps even centuries ahead.
Horace Ridler, The Great Omi (The Zebra Man), taken at Bradfords Cartwright Hall exibition of tattooing and body modification. (Source: flickr.com / Paul Stevenson; modified: Richárd Seres-Nagy; License: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0); License link: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/; Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pss/3035297341)
Just so you can imagine what a body modification is, first we give you a few examples. Tattooing, body piercing, pearling, tongue splitting, scrotal implants and corset piercing are all body modifications which sometimes seem totally natural and mostly beautiful or even elegant when practiced with moderation, but can turn quirky or strange when there are just too many of them.
What more, certain cases can be driven by mental illness or body dysmorphic syndrome. Next on, you can read about some of the weirdest body modifications, which are truly interesting, but are perhaps also a bit strange…
1. Eyeball Tattoo
Most people hate the thought of letting someone touch their eyeballs, and even when there's a medical reason to do that, most people need extra courage to be able to let the necessary procedures done. Yet, others gladly ask for pigments injected into their cornea - since the 19th century when this process was first made possible.
Yet, with the appearance of colored contact lenses, most people choose the latter, less invasive and perhaps less intimidating option. One of the greatest fans of corneal tattooing was in fact a man from Toronto who had 40 injections of blue ink in his eyes that changed the white color of his eyes to blue.
2. Subdermal implants
Subdermal implants may seem odd or even a bit disgusting to some viewers as they may look like a kind of growth from the skin, perhaps a bit like a tumor, but then again, there are people who don't only tolerate having such an implant, but in fact pay money to get one or more of them.
The procedure is in fact quite a simple one - body artists use a spatula to hollow out the flesh, and place in some silicone. The shape of the implant is up to one's imagination, and human imagination, as we already know it, is quite boundless.
Of course, subdermal implants can be combined with other body art types, and even if they look a bit strange when they stand alone, combining them with some cool tattoos where they fit into the concept can really make them look shocking or wild - more or less in a good way.
3. Corset piercings - a typically female body modification
Corset piercings truly resemble the appearance of a corset, but in this case, the piercings are arranged in two columns and sometimes ribbons are attached to them much like they are in the case of a corset. Hot looks are guaranteed with these piercings according to some, but they might be a bit too much according to others.
Yet, these corset piercings are usually just temporary, so even if someone regrets having them later on, they won't be in much trouble when they want to get rid of them.
Human branding is actually something like the branding of animals, such as horses with an iron. Yet, no animals had ever asked for such a painful thing, and most people wouldn't either. But somehow there are certain people who can withstand the pain of the heated iron - that, in fact, causes a third degree burn and makes an ever-lasting mark on the skin.
Even when the scar healed - which can take months -, there will be a heightened scarring on the skin in the shape of whatever shape the iron tool used was.
5. Body tattoo
Tattooing the body is by far not a modern craze. In fact, some cultures think of tattoos as an important part of their heritage. Tattoos mean different things for the people who bear it, but usually, they hold a special, and usually an emotionally important meaning to their bearers.
Body tattoo - Woman with black and white floral scarf (Source: pikrepo.com; modified: Richárd Seres-Nagy; License: Free for commercial use; Link: https://www.pikrepo.com/fvgsc/woman-with-black-and-white-floral-scarf)
Even songs - such as the "Rose tattoo" -, books and films tell interesting stories about certain tattoos. Yet, sometimes we can see tattoos that are perhaps a bit too much. For example, there's a Canadian guy who decided to transform his body with tattoos that gave him a zombie look. Well, perhaps it's not something that the majority of us would let happen to our bodies.
As scary as it sounds, body suspension is still something that some people volunteer to. In this case, hooks are placed into piercings, and then the person is hanged using these.
Actually, it's not only a body modification for its looks, but also, for the adrenaline rush it can cause.
Johnson absorbs the initial shock of being lifted for his suspension. He said it hurt like crazy when he was first being lifted. (Source: By Adam Hammer from Saint Cloud, Minn., USA - Lift off, CC BY 2.0, License link: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en; https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45900110)
7. Magnetic implants
Magnetic implants are used in dentistry and reconstructive surgery as well, but of course, there are some who only see the "fun" part of them. For example, have you thought of "playing jedi" in front of your friends by attracting some iron tools with your fingers?
As crazy as it may sound, certain people do want to have this feature inside their bodies, so they ask for a magnetic implant.
8. Tongue bifurcation
Tongue bifurcation is a craze that most countries don't allow, but where it's not prohibited, you can have your tongue, for example, split into two parts. In this case, the person can learn to move the two parts of the tongue independently, which may look cool or crazy, but is probably not really a comfortable or healthy thing.
Tongue splitting (Source: By ioerror - https://www.flickr.com/photos/ioerror/30201729/, CC BY-SA 2.0, License link: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en; https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1488367)
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9. Pointy ears
If someone wants to look like a faun or an elf, a pointy pair of ears is a must. And in fact, there are a few people who wanted this look so much they decided to go through plastic surgery.
The whole procedure takes weeks or months to complete, and the care of the ears is crucial if the person wants to maintain good health. But it's said that pointy ears may also enhance the way one can perceive music and sounds.
10. 3D Art Implant
When a 3D art implant is placed onto someone's body, an actual object is placed beneath the skin. Most of the work is done with silicone implants, which can create quite clear shapes - although rarely even serious skin irritation can happen in certain cases.
11. Crazy body modifications like horns and spikes, and more
Of course, no one can stop someone who is really determined to get a unique body modification. There were people who wanted pointy, cat- or vampire-like teeth, whiskers, or in some cases, horns or spikes on their faces and foreheads. These are all body modifications that their bearers truly wanted, and in the end, got - much to the amazement or shock of the public.
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