Now THAT’S dedication to body modification

Paul writes,

I’ve been working on a weight loss/body sculpting *mod*for a few years now, and I’ve finally hit my goal, going from over 235lbs down to 155lbs. I’ve been self conscious for a long while, but now I’m happy with where I’m at. It’s funny how self hatred can drive you to self love.

It’s one thing to sit under the tattoo needle for a few hours to modify your body, but I think we all too often write off the thousands of hours (and don’t get me started on the pain) it takes to transform ones physique like Paul has.


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54 thoughts on “Now THAT’S dedication to body modification

  1. That’s amazing, Paul. I’ve been going through my own weight loss “mod” as well, lost 30 lbs. so far, and it is painful but the result is well worth it. Congrats on your success.

  2. that’s awesome. Over the past several years I’ve gone from 290 to 255, and I’m definitely not where I want to be yet (shooting for AT LEAST 200) That pic and short blurb is pretty damn inspiring for my own goals.

  3. i totally agree, its one of the most common mods and i think its totally overlooked.
    it takes allot of dedication to get your ideal physique you can be as happy as you like with how you look but everyone has their own image of how they want to look. just very few people have the long term dedication to do it.
    i think this guy deserves more respect than someone who can punch a hole somewhere new and interesting on their body.

  4. What a beautiful human being.. :) You look amazing, congratulations on all of your hard work paying off!

  5. Two questions for Paul:

    1) Did you get all your tattoos after losing the weight or before/during? If it was either of the latter, it would be good to hear if/how they’ve changed during your downsizing.

    2) Will you have to change your IAM name to ThinBubba now? :P

  6. You look awesome :) I truly admire you.
    This has kind of inspired me to not give up, proof that it’s possible to get where you want with hard work and dedication.

    “I’ve been self conscious for a long while, but now I’m happy with where I’m at.” <— One day, I’ll say that :)

  7. What a beautiful body, a beautiful person and photograph. Congrats, that’s really amazing. I agree with Charel I’d love to see a before picture!

  8. Ive been losing weight too. I have lost 25 pounds so far. One of the medications I had to take for a while made me gain 50 pounds. I was feeling quite depressed about it for a while. But now I have lost half of it and I am so much happier now.

    Yes it is painful and can be torterous. For me it means having a hungry growling stomach all the time. It also sucks watching my fiance eat all the yummy stuff I love while I eat carrots and celery. Im always daydreaming about food, especially tacos. But let me tell you its way better to be able to fit my own clothes again.

  9. the best form of body modification ever! and it changes us in so many ways.

    Congratulations to Paul – it sure took a lot of time and effort on your part!

  10. I am so happy to see this coming up in body mod sites. I think it’s awesome that people are starting to think of it as body modification, because it is – and three cheers for it!

  11. I completely agree that weight loss as a body mod is overlooked. I’m still not where I want to be, I still have a fair amount to go, but I’ve already lost almost 20lbs and the changes are visible and the work that has to be put into keeping it off/losing more is intense.

    Great job man!

  12. That’s gorgeous indeed.. I know alot of people are all about the “it’s just bad bad bad bodyideal and it’s not good thinking like that!” well.. fuck it, it looks great and it IS great.

  13. Good for him :3 I know a good number of modified people who avoid intense exercise out fear of ripping/pulling/scraping something in a baaad way.

    Makes me curious as to what he got before, and what he got later.

  14. Hello your hotness! Punk Rock Paul goes super sexy, I love it! Congrats Paul, and thanks for the reminder that hard work and determination does pay off :)

  15. i hope your new “mod” will only further to strengthen the connection you have with between your body and mind now that your self esteem is starting to get back to where it deverses to be. hot, pauly, frickin’ hot.

  16. WOW HE IS FUCKING HOT! good for you, i really hope you feel better about yourself, i have had self image problems too, so i know what its like to strive for the perfect bod, i was anorexic and bulimic for about 4 years and i am still struggling but trying to love my body!! hope you love yours! cause your extremely hot!

  17. I’m also in the process of doing the same thing. I’m lucky – thanks to my job, I spend hours a day riding a bike, which is essentially an all-day workout, three days a week. It still takes a LOT of dedication to monitor my super-lazy eating habits, and i really admire your focus. Congratulations, the end result is definitely stunning. ;)

  18. you have a beautiful v spot.
    congradulations, you’ve done an amazing job, its good to know that there are people out there who actually give a damn about their health and are willing to push to achieve it.

  19. Haha this couldn’t have come at a better time!
    I began weightloss endeavours 2 weeks ago, only seven pounds so far but it’s a start enough for me.
    I commend thee. :)

  20. Congratulations Paul for having such dedication. I was just looking in the mirror today and feeling hard on myself because of my weight and I’ve been thinking about doing something about it. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  21. i feel you, im in the same process, im 5 2 and weighed 200lbs and now just a few months later im down to 158 lbs. it is strange how when y ou dont like your self it drive you to change… love.


    Many people with eating disorders are self-described “body builders.” Shannon, commentators, do you believe that mental illnesses can BE mods?

  23. Thanks everyone for the kind words, comments and IMs. It really made my day. ;)
    #11, I did this over 3+ years, so my tattoos are smaller but there’s not a lot of excess skin. That might be a problem with rapid weight loss though.

  24. dear paul,
    it’s been really awesome to witness this transformation of yours. if i hadn’t canceled my iam membership, i would have made this comment before. i totally admire what you’ve done and it makes me even happier to see how you’ve inspired ben. he might surprise you with his improvements. ;) honestly though, you’ve made some really incredible improvements to your life, it makes me really happy to see all that you’ve done for yourself, you look fantastic, and we’d love to have you come visit again soon! you know isis would love it too! haha :)

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  26. I have recently gained a lot of weight. I started taking 4 medications (Methadone, Cymbalta, Welbutrin, & Lyrica) and literally with in 4 months I had put on 100 pounds. I was happy with my weight before and I am most defiantly not happy with my weight now. I am really struggling with the fact that I want a lot more tattoos but with my current body I don’t feel comfortable getting them. I give people who have lost weight a lot of credit because it is defiantly an extreme modification.

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