Gunpowder Scarification

Brendan sent me this highly explosive video..

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Scarification by Karl Schmidt on Courtney. After the single line cutting was completed they simply packed the wound with gunpowder and lit the fuse!

Procedure performed at Puncture Body Piercing, Maroochydore, QLD Australia.

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50 thoughts on “Gunpowder Scarification

  1. Hhahaa that’s great!
    I know someone that cauterized a toe amputation this way (not that I’m recommending it — it was a crazy neighbor when I was a kid, not a BME person)…

  2. that really made me smile, not sure why but it definately made me smile

  3. Hard to say in terms of residue without the specific composition used – I’m pretty sure this isn’t straight “gunpowder” in the saltpeter/charcoal/sulfur sense. Unless I’m wildly mistaken, this has to be a smokeless powder Pyrodex or some other modern replacement.

    Residue isn’t usually that amazingly toxic from modern powders, though I’m not thinking FDA approval is going to hit soon or anything. It’s anyones guess really if it’s modern – some potassium nitrates/nitrites and sulfate/sulfides and unreacted stuff from the originals (amazing as it seems given the reaction, no powder burns completely). It may even help scar more, after all rubbing residue from fires into cuts/burns/scrapes to produce scars is a time-honored process.

  4. Sayid did that on LOST, to close a cut when there wasn’t a chance for stitches. It’s interesting to see it for real.

  5. it always blows me away to find out that procedures like this are been done so close to home. freaking awsome

  6. Holy cow. I can’t believe how still that guy managed to stay while they lit that. That must’ve been incredibly painful

  7. Yes but it doesn’t seem to have last more than 3 or 4 seconds. An electrocautery branding looks far more painful.

  8. Oh, that made me laugh so hard. I don’t know why. It was just awesome :D

  9. Larry it was gun powder straight out of shot gun shells. Actually wasn’t that painful abit more than a branding thats about it was so dissappointed thought it was going to be way worse.

  10. HEY MAN THAT WAS KOOL LOVE IT LOVED THE SONG WAS GREAT WENT WELL HAHAHAH!!! CANT BELIEVE I WENT TO SCHOOL WIT YOU AND NOW U LIKE ALL HARD CORE AND SHIT YAY THATS WAT I LIKE TO SEE YOU ROK MAN!!!!

  11. That wasnt as scary as I thought it would be… I envisioned something going BOOM! Obviously I know bugger-all about gunpowder, haha. Nice twist – would also like to see how it heals.

  12. roo- there are some photos floating around our australian pierced forum.. taken by stewy i think. they look awesome. congrats to courtney for this.

  13. This was like the biggest hyped thing ever on the Pierced forum and that’s all we got..

    Ah well still cool.

  14. Yeah I agree Leon, the photo Stewy took and posted on the pierced forum is awesome. I don’t know how to do a clickable link, but the address is:

    http://www.pierced.com.au

    The pics are in the scarification section under the thread entitled “gun powder”.

  15. Oh, and look at that. It automatically makes it a link. I could have pretended I knew what I was doing!

  16. No anesthetic, or numbing creams or anything else for the cutting or burning.

  17. > Larry it was gun powder straight out of shot gun shells.

    Still more then one type used in those, but almost certainly not blackpower, probably something nitrocellulose based with various stabilizers – the older non-smokeless powers are nearly only used by people who intentionally want “old style” weapons like reenactors, muzzle loaders, etc. I have no idea how bad they are or aren’t, I mostly hear about things from friends into reloading and don’t pay enough attention. Very cool idea though, hope it turns out good.

  18. That went a lot quicker that i thought it would for some reason. Beats using a cautery pen. I would love to see how that heals.

  19. #44 – I can’t believe it took 44 posts to get that pun in here.. I never even thought of it.

  20. Props to him to be able to lay there so still. I’d have jumped up and run around the room screaming. I’m a wuss. :P

  21. Wow, I have heard stories of tribal people using gunpowder
    rubbed into tribal scarification to make the scar look more brutal.

    But that is no different to rubbing in fine ash.

    This one looks awesome. But I bet it smelt terrible!

    Do we get to see the final healed result?

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