You know I was thinking that with all the oohing and ahhing and freaking out over eyeball tattoos, we sometimes forget another modification which is almost equally rare and unusual, and far less likely to blind you — flesh staples. First invented by Samppa Von Cyborg in the late 1990s as an improvement on pocketing technologies, the technology is now mature and mass-produced flat-bar staples are available from Samppa (voncyb.org). This particular example was done by the folks at Calm Body Modification (calmbodymod.com) in Stockholm. In addition to the sideburn staple, I also very much like the unique microdermal placement.
Edit/update — I wanted to add a longer shot to put it into context.
I’m not sure what I should call this microdermal project by John Danger Alonzo of Superstition Tattoo (superstitiontattoo.com) in Massapequa, NY… Since I don’t have a good name for it, I’ll just leave that as “a big question mark” for now. Har har har.
This isn’t really an implant of course — it’s a cross that’s been semi-permanently mounted on the wearer’s chest using three microdermals to hold it in place. Christopher Lee Shelafoe of Marquette, MI’s Rendezvous Tattoo & Body Piercing (I recently featured an anarchy scar he did) is who installed it, said that in an ideal world he would have like to use a lighter cross, but the client specifically needed that exact cross because it had belonged to his child. So they did it as best they could, with the understanding it was an experiment. It was still in place last time he spoke with the wearer, who has since moved away. Christopher and I were talking about how he’d tackle this next time, and he’s working on having microdermals mad with magnetic ends so that the cross (or whatever) can be solidly mounted, but will pop off without injury if it gets snagged.
Getting a tear-shaped microdermal means you killed a guy in a piercing studio.
The question is, and the one the FBI keeps asking, is did it happen at the same place as the procedure? In this case, the microdermal was done by Wayne Fredrickson at Fastlane Tattoo in Corona, California.
I am occasionally of a mixed opinion on microdermals when they mimic piercings. For example, when I see cheek “piercings” that are done with microdermals, the sensible part of my brain says, “hey, what a great idea, that’s a lot safer and less trouble”, but the self-righteous part of me says, “you fucking faker!” …But then I see this microdermal cheek project by Joeltron (joeltron.com, firstblood.com.au), and everything’s all right and the Civil War in my head is officially in a state of truce. The neuroruins of my bombed-out brain officially thanks you.
BME has seen no shortage of videogame tattoos, and even scarifcation inspired by videogames, but videogame piercings? Those are much more rare. When it comes to video games, even though he’s getting a little old and dated, you don’t get much more iconic than Pac-Man. The ol’ Pac-Man Maze Ass tattoo is one of the most forwarded and reposted tattoo images out there — we’ve seen people here tattooed head to foot with the yellow fellow, and even couples have gotten in on the fun together. There have even been Pac-man subdermal implants!
There was an earlier microdermal project that was reminiscent of the cherry reward in the game, but this microdermal project is much more clear in its inspiration. It’s also nice and simple, fairly subtle and discrete, but enormous fun for those sharp-eyed enough to catch it. This happy customer (actually, Alex, an employee at the shop) was poked by head piercer Mel at Body Piercing by Tracy (bodypiercingbytracy.com) in Oceanside, California. As always, click to zoom in and take a better look.
PS. Don’t skip following the older ModBlog links in this entry — there’s some fun stuff there.
As I’m talking about microdermals added to tattoos (like the googly eyes by Joeltron) in ways that actually make sense and add to the preexisting tattoo rather than just making it the laughing stock of your body’s ink neighborhood, I wanted to share a piece that jumped out of James Rajewski’s portfolio at me. James works at Infamous Ink (infamousinknc.com) in Charlotte, NC by the way. When I first saw this little project, I wondered what I was looking at because even though it’s just a normal microdermal with a decorative flat bead, the color choice almost makes it look like a tunnel going down into the body (bringing to mind Lukas Zpira’s inset transdermals). Too bad it’s not, you’d only have to make it about twice that size to create a holder for miniature watch components. Either way, this is another one of those nice but deliriously rare examples of a microdermal-tattoo combo that works well, in my opinion.
I’d say 100% of the time when I see microdermals added to the eyes of a tattoo, it transforms the tattoo from something potentially tough looking into something hilariously goofy. I’d say 99% of the time, that is not at all the intended consequence, and the wearer is blissfully unaware that they’re a little silly looking. The wonderful thing about this example, pierced by old BME friend Joeltron of First Blood (firstblood.com.au) and tattooed by Naepier “Kooky and Spooky” Jenkins (naepier.com), is that for once the whole thing works — and works so well — and is actually supposed to be in that wonderful self-aware 1%.
Click for the big uncropped version.
About three years ago Baz Black of Dundalk, Ireland did a heart-shaped jewelry project on his girlfriend’s arm using SkinDivers (a simplified variation on the microdermal that looks a little like a labret stud). It healed well, but after three years she was tired of them getting caught on things all the time and decided to remove them. During the removal, since Baz knew that she was going to have some scars from the project no matter what, he suggested that they could improve its appearance by using a dermal punch to convert the piercing project into a skin removal scarification project. I think he came up with a nice way of breathing new life into a dying mod.
Sorry about the misleading headline Doctor Who fans. But to make up for it, we’ve got Emily here with piercings by Mike Grant from Wicked Tattoo & Piercing in Vancouver, BC.