Believe it or not, extreme body modification has been happening since the dawn of civilization. Different tribes from across the world have scarred their bodies with various tattoos and piercings in an effort to show that they were brave, could take pain, and were in touch with the spirit realm. But in the modern era, extreme body mods have taken on a completely different meaning.
Men and women are able to get piercings and tattoos at the drop of a hat, so the practitioners of extreme body piercing have had to branch out further in to set themselves apart from all the squares who decided to gauge their ears after seeing a Hawthorne Heights music video. If you have a weak stomach, prepare yourself for this list of the most extreme body modifications ever.
Extreme body modifications have taken on many forms in recent years. From getting patterned facial scarring, to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to look like a children’s toy, and even installing microchips in your body to better communicate with technology, people all over the world are taking body modification and applying to their own truths. Even though it might seem a bit strange now, it’s entirely possible than in a couple of decades, extreme piercing, and body modifications might be the normal standard of beauty.
Cindy Moore, The Real-Life Real Doll
In 2016, Cindy Moore came to a decision. The British mother of two had just broken up with the father of her children, and she wanted a change. So, she decided to begin losing weight and modifying her look – to resemble a sex doll. As of 2017, Moore has spent around $12,000 on cosmetic procedures. She’s had breast augmentations and gotten hair extensions, and goes in three times per month for lip fillers at $322 a pop.
Moore’s not done, either: “I want another boob job and probably a tummy tuck. I’m trying to lose more weight and look even more like a sex doll. I’ve just always liked it when I saw the look on other people. I think it makes me look beautiful.
Man Cuts Off Nose To Look Like Red Skull
Henry Damon, a Venezuelan fan of fictional Nazis, has undergone a crazy amount of body modification to make himself look like the Captain America villain, Red Skull. Not only has he removed his nose and tattooed his face red, but he’s also tattooed his eyes black. Real talk: He certainly looks like a comic book villain, but he doesn’t really resemble Red Skull. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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The Vampire Woman Of Mexico
María José Cristerna, or the Vampire Woman, is a former lawyer and current mother of four who also happens to hold the world record for the woman with the most body modifications. She has a collection of transdermal implants on her forehead, chest, and arms, as well as all the piercings.
Man Cuts Off His Ears To Look Like Pet Parrot
You know how people say that pets and their owners look alike? Well Ted Richards from Bristol, England underwent a six hour procedure to have his ears removed so he could look more like his parrots. There are no reports on his feelings on crackers, although one can assume he finds them favorable.
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Man Tattoos Eyeballs
Rodrigo Fernando, a man with 70% of his body tattooed, had black ink put in his corneas in 2013. When he was interviewed a few days after the session, he said, “I wept ink for two days.”
Most Pierced Woman Marries Balding Old Frump
The most pierced woman in the world, Elaine Davidson, has 6,925 piercings, and some of them weigh up to seven pounds. In 2011 she married the love her life, a pretty boring-looking guy with nary a tattoo. The story of their wedding is very sweet because duh, they’re in the kind of love that can only occur when one of you has almost 7,000 piercings.
Ladies Are Getting Elf Ears
A body modification that really took off after the Lord of the Rings films was having your ears shavedinto points at the top to give the impression that you’re a creature of the elven variety. Out of all the extreme body modifications on this list, elf ears might be the one that’s the creepiest.
Achilles Piercing… Because Why Not?
Sudanese Body Scarification
Man Sets Record For “Flesh Tunnels”
Twenty-two-year-old Joel Miggler has holes all over his face, but if you ask him (and Guinness!), they’re called flesh tunnels and he’s psyched about them. The largest holes are 34mm in diameter, and he’s insisted that he’ll be bumping up the size ASAP. If anyone has footage of this guy trying to eat mashed potatoes, we want to see it.
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Facial Scarification: Not Just for Indigenous Tribes Anymore
Scarification has been around since before the western world tried to colonize everyone, but it still looks weird when you see it in modern times. Especially when it’s on some dude’s face. If this doesn’t change the way you see pizza forever, then you’re fooling yourself.
South Florida Man Removes His Genitals
So of course this happened in Florida, but a guy who goes by the name of “Gelding” has gone through a lengthy process of having his genitals removed. Starting in 1994 he was castrated, and in 2011 he completely removed his external genitalia.
Russian Guy Turns Himself Into A Platypus
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Giraffe Woman Of Los Angeles
While in middle school, Sydney V. Smith became obsessed with the women of the Kayan Lahwi tribes of Thailand and Burma who encase their necks in brass rings. Since the age of 28, she’s been wearing brass rings around her neck in an attempt to elongate it and she says it’s working!
Tattoos On Tattoos On Tattoos
Man Makes His Tattoo of Boobs Three-Dimensional
This bod mod is mostly extreme in its creep factor. A Canadian man one-upped all the other dirtbags out there when he had silicone “breast implants” installed in his tattoo of a scantily clad woman. Dirtbags, don’t you ever change.
Doctors Can Now Cut Abs Into Your Body
Do you want six-pack abs but don’t want to do all the boring work that it takes to get them? Why not have a doctor perform “precision etching” on your stomach to give you the appearance of abs, without any of the actual muscles?
Australian Artist Implants An Ear In His Arm
Because he wants people to hear what he’s hearing, an Australian performance artist and professor at Curtin University in Western Australia, had an ear implanted in his arm. The ear will soon have the ability to record sound and send it to the Internet. If you’ve ever been curious about which way the water in Australia’s toilets flows, now’s your time.
The Real Life Ken Doll
Hackers Are Embedding Microchips In Their Bodies
In 2012, a new body mod fad called “bagel heading” popped up in Japan. It involved having saline injected into a persons head in the shape of a bagel. The “bagels” fade after about 16 hours. But still, NO THANKS!
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