The RZA, the GZA…..

……Ol Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghost Face Killer and….THIS GUY.  Seriously, kick out Method Man, this guy deserves his spot in the Wu Tang clan for making such a bold commitment to the Wu.



Unfortunately, I don’t know the artist to credit this too, but cheers to him/her for such clean work on such a trick area!

Edit: The artist was Brendan Russell from Tribal Urge Tattoo and Piercing in Newcastle St. Wales.

Massive Facial Scarification

This has to be one of the largest examples of [voluntary] skin removal on a face to date, at least in a single session. It was done by Iestyn Flye –who is normally based at London’s Divine Canvas, but tours extensively so visit him on Facebook for more information no matter where you might be — on Marc at Copenhage Body Extremes ( The design is based on a Japanese holy hemp leaf pattern. I can’t wait to see this healed, and will definitely post a follow-up when I can (although if you look at the previous scar that runs across the nose, you can get a good idea of what to expect) — I expect the sort of visage that looks like Freddy Krueger from a distance, and then transforms from horrific to beautiful as you get closer. Click for a larger look.

mega facial scar

Suspension Scar + Tattoo Job Offer

I got a message from Mike Hill at Broad Street Studio ( in Bath, Somerset, UK telling me that they’re looking for a new tattoo artist at their studio and asking me whether I’d be willing to post a job ad for him… I told him I couldn’t really do that, but if he could find something interesting for me to post, well, as they say, “one hand washes the other”… So he got me some pictures of a recent scar he did on Tam Smith. Unlike most skin removal scars over tattoos, this is over a Japanese sleeve, rather than over blackwork, and the negative-space it creates interacts with the tattoo rather than standing solo. At first I’d assumed this was a tattoo on a fishing enthusiast, but it’s actually a flesh hook as Tam is part of the suspension community.


If you’re a tattoo artist looking for work (or perhaps even a long-term working vacation in beautiful Bath), get in touch with Mike on Faceobook, or via their shop website. To give you an idea of the sort of shop you’d be stepping into, here’s some work done by Fil, another one of the tattooists that call Broad Street Studio home — that’s Mike’s head top-right (you may recognize it, because Rob featured it back in 2010). Click for a giant look.


On the chopping block

Back in March we got a chance to see Spiritual_Paladin‘s ear cropping by Matt Vermillion.  Well, skip forward to today and we’ve got some close-ups of both ears, so you can see how they look healed, as well as a better look at his conch removal.  You’ll notice that the right ear isn’t as smooth as the left.  That’s actually intentional as James was looking to have a battle-worn look on the right, while having a smooth line on the left.

The Friday Follow-up: The Ear Edition

Alright, so this isn’t a scar, but it is a follow-up to a post from a month ago, so hopefully it makes up for not having a scarification follow-up today.  To start with, let’s take a quick look at the original, which was a cartilage removal done by Gabor Zagyvai.

So it’s been a month, here’s how it looks today.

From what I can tell it looks like it’s healed up almost perfectly.  There were some comments about putting in heart shaped jewelry, but even without the jewelry it’s looking fantastic and can easily be shown off without anything in it.

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