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.
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, 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.
Henry Damon's Red Skull ModificationsPhoto: flickr / CC0
Henry Damon has undergone substantial 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.
Mr. Tetanus's Achilles PiercingPhoto: flickr / CC0
Some time in the '90s, performance artist Mr. Tetanus began wearing a self-made 10mm spike through his ankle, behind the Achilles tendon. According to the artist, he doesn't remove the piercing because the hole closes up in about a minute.
Cindy Moore's Real Doll ModificationsPhoto: Metaweb / CC-BY
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 [breast enhancement] 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."
Ted Richards's Parrot ModificationsPhoto: Ted Parrotman / Facebook
Ted Richards from Bristol, England underwent a six hour procedure to have his ears removed so he could look more like his parrots.