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 (bodyextremes.com). 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.
I got a message from Mike Hill at Broad Street Studio (broadstreetstudio.co.uk) 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.
I am not a huge fan of heavy solid blackwork myself (particularly “piercer arm”) but I have to admit, this piece with random geometric flesh removals by Anders is prety freaking rad. The split shows the work fresh and then healed at 1.5 years.
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.
IAM: Spiritual_Paladin had his ears cropped yesterday, resulting in a pretty unique look. Unfortunately he didn’t include who the artist was, so hopefully he’ll comment so I can give proper credit.
To see more photos of his ears, including the other side, head on over to the cartilage removal and reshaping gallery.
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.
My friend Hannah sent me this NSFW picture of her newest tattoos, for the unedited picture, you know the deal…..
…keep on keeping on. Continue reading
In recent years, most of the scarification pieces I have seen have been pictures of something. For instance, recently on modblog Rob featured a Game Boy and a BME Heart Logo. Those type of scars are cool and all, but there is something purely primal to me about a scar that doesn’t explain itself so easily.
Take for instance this piece. First off, to those outside of the body mod world, this probably looks like some sort of accident or injury. With it’s jagged edges and general randomness, I can see where they would get that idea.
As it heals, it turns from looking like a wild animal attack to looking like the wearer has a set of gills.
For a healed pick and a little more Sean rambling, keep on keeping on.