Oh yes, there will be blood

A lot of the scarification pictures that we see are often clean.  What I mean by that is they’re taken after the work has been finished, and the site has been cleaned up for a good photo.  That or we see the healed scar some time later.  One of the most significant aspects of scarification is the process.  It’s not always just about the final result.

With a scar you have those first few cuts of the outline going in.  The blade slicing open your body, breaking the surface of your outer shell.  As it continues, the blade becomes a paintbrush, with every stroke a work of art being crafted out of your own flesh.  Then the removal begins.  These lines that have broken your skin are now used as point to remove whole sections of your flesh.  As your armor peels away, you become exposed fully to the world.  That thin layer of protection is forever gone, and you are forced to show the world what is truly inside you.  Then as the scar begins to heal, a new layer begins to take the place of the old.  While that old layer was a small barrier to the outside, this new barrier, having come from within is tougher, stronger, ready to show off what has come from deep inside you.

The process of a scar isn’t meant to be pristine.  It is a raw experience, where you shed not only your flesh, but your blood.  It is a cleansing ritual where the outside is removed, cleaned with the blood, and healed by the body into something new.  While other modifications use metal and ink as a form of expression, the scar is created entirely by the body.  Of course ink and metal can be incorporated into it depending on who the person is, but the process is on a base level the same.

In a recent addition to the skin removal scarification galley, we can see just how revealing this process is.  Here you have a person in the process of having their flesh removed, revealing the person buried just beneath the surface.

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And here we have the final shot of this portion of the process, the traditional clean picture.

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The rest of the images from the cutting can be found in the scarification gallery.  And yes, there is more blood.

35 thoughts on “Oh yes, there will be blood

  1. You really couldn’t have found a better scar to try to have a profound reflection about? Stop writing so much mushy, reflective bullshit and just post mods. You make modblog pretty much unbearable to read.

  2. Honestly, if you just want pictures check out the galleries. If you can’t get a subscription, then you obviously do not belong to the mod community. If you dont want to read about modifications then it’s simple, don’t read the modblog. Rob keep up the awesome work I love reading your posts!

  3. Honestly, if you just want pictures check out the galleries. If you can’t get a subscription, then you obviously do not belong to the mod community. If you dont want to read about modifications then it’s simple, don’t read the modblog. Rob keep up the awesome work I love reading your posts!

  4. If you don’t like the text then don’t read it and just look at the pictures, simple as that, djeez.
    It’s a Slipknot logo

  5. Sometimes it does get a bit wordy and I’m too lazy to read it… or I’ll just read snippets. I did really dig that second paragraph though. :D

    Not a big slipknot fan (at all), but that logo looks awesome (both in design and as a piece). :3

  6. And hate to say it Rob but I doubt someone with a slipknot S is really thinking about anything deep and meaningful. I mean….come on Slipknot?

  7. @Luke: You might be right, but I really didn’t know that was a slipknot logo. Heck, I didn’t even know they had a logo.

  8. Keep kickin’ ass and taking names, Rob, I like the posts. However, like Kat, sometimes i’m too lazy to read, but the shapes known as letters surrounding the pictures hardly get in the way of enjoying a good post. Hell, at least there -are- posts! And yeah, big sigh on the Slipknot logo, but it looks great nonetheless.

  9. Rob, I enjoy your posts! I thought it was an awesome write-up, but then I scrolled down to the slipknot logo and giggled. I was not expecting a shitty band (that I listened to in jr. high hah) logo. The picture didn’t fit, but its still a good article!

  10. In the next modblog post — Hatchetman skin removal.

    Oh and I like the little stories to go with the posts, you can still look at the pictures and scroll by the text if you don’t like it.

    But yeah, sucks about the shitty band.

  11. Thank you Brendan!! I was waiting for someone else to call that one. It is not an even depth nor are the lines smooth. :(

    Keep it up, Rob. As long as you like your posts, forget the haters :)

  12. “you are forced to show the world what is truly inside you.” … Slipknot’s commercial approach of music…? lol
    Rob, it is not against you, your text is cool ! ;) But unfortunately, this scar dos not match your text… (I don’t know this guy, but it is a near-certainty).

  13. I’ve managed to block Slipknot so far out of my plane of reality that my first reaction was ‘Oh, I didn’t know tribal seahorses were even possible!’. I am not even accepting that as a letter or a symbol. It’s a seahorse that’s taking no crap from any kind of predator, but still a pretty, pretty seahorse. Test it on some beginning readers if you don’t believe me.

    Keep up the good work, Rob!

  14. was there artist information left with these photos?
    it’s weird sometimes we get artist info sometimes we don’t.

    can i make a request that artist/studio/location type of information gets displayed on posts regarding mod work so we know who the artists are in case we want to contact them for work?

  15. @angela: The images were uploaded anonymously all with the title “hxc_vega904″. I looked around and couldn’t find any studios or usernames matching the title. I always include the studio/artist information if it is included when the person uploads their image. If it isn’t then I spend some time trying to find any information I can based on either the uploader’s name or the title of the image.

    But in the end, if people don’t include the artist info, there isn’t too much I can do.

  16. I applaud anyone who didn’t recognise this as a Slipknot logo. At least some people escaped that shitty nu-metal craze from a few years back. Cringe-worthy shit. Unless of course this scar isn’t actually recent but from over a decade ago. Then my reaction would be, “Slipknot used to be cool when I was a kid, so that would’ve been cool when I was a kid too”.

    Wait… I liked Slipknot. And Korn, Limp Bizkit, Taproot, and all the rest of that innane shit. We’ve all gotta start somewhere. The haters can eat dick.

  17. “this new barrier, having come from within is tougher, stronger, ready to show off what has come from deep inside you.”

    I thought that scar tissue wasn’t actually stronger than the original skin which was destroyed?

  18. This piece really isn’t done very well. The removal is very uneven and choppy, definitely done too deep in spots.
    It looks like a classic case of someone trying to run before they can walk. There is no way this person should be doing removal pieces yet, perfect your line work, then get some guidance from someone with more experience for your removal. SLOW DOWN!

  19. I dated a girl who had a SLIPKNOT tattoo, same one actually, then told me she didn’t know what it was just thought it was random tribal, so I have no idea if she was actually a [nü]metal head in her past or not \m/

  20. When people get this done, are they under GA? or at least get local? I can’t imagine being awake for this, let alone feeling it.

  21. rob this is awesome i did this piece and it was a ton of fun! thank you to everyone that had kind words to say and thank to josh misery for helping me do that!!!

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