Gabor’s Hand Scar

When my friend Gabor from Poland Budapest, Hungary, originally did his DIY skin removal (the post was on BodyTwo — when I am able to move the content here you’ll be able to see it again), there was some debate on how it would heal. I’m happy to say that those who were concerned no longer need to worry as the keloid is beautifully even and consistent. Given that (a) it can’t be easy to cut your own hand, and (b) this is a high motion area, it really is a job very well done!


Slice N’ Dice

Thanks to our buddy wyrd for submitting this photo of his stomach cutting! Always nice to see the dedicated BME lifers out there!


Scarification by Gábor Zagyvai in Budapest, Hungary

This also reminds me why I’ve always liked the look of slightly “weathered” looking black work tattoos after reading this old post. A little texture really makes things feel organic sometimes.

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A Return to Mistycism

About a year ago I took a day and dedicated it to Gábor Zagyvai (IAM: Wyrd).  The purpose back then was to highlight just how diverse his skills as a body modification practitioner are.  I ended the day with a piece entitled “Abstract Mistycism” (his spelling) which you can see here.  So now we come to today where Gábor is continuing to produce new works under his abstract mistycism banner.

More fun tattoos (and a tool to do them)

Adding to the silly little tattoos I posted last night I want to include this pair of sweet fun foot-top pieces. On the left a minimal tattoo by Gábor Zagyvai (, and on the right a great little cock by Lionel Fahy ( that he had the honor of doing on fellow tattoo artist Jimmy Toge of Radjah Skin Design in Bali, Indonesia.

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Speaking of Lionel, I wanted to show you this joyful tattoo machine that Den Nis of El Hombre Invisible Tattoo Machines made in collaboration with him.


Oh and thinking of feet tattoos has reminded me to squeeze in one more that caught my eye, although it’s not as “funny” as the first two. This masterpiece was done for Maxime by Cammy Stewart of Metalurgey in Dundee. I especially like the way the red checkerboard travels onto his toes — a very nice touch assuming it heals well [Edit: Oops, Maxime just took the photo, it’s not his foot].


The Friday Follow-up

Well, it’s been two years since the very first Friday Follow-up post.  In that time we’ve seen some of the most incredible scars, and heard some remarkable stories.  The main purpose of the follow-up is, and always will be, to showcase scarification and branding beyond the first day.  Two years ago, seeing healed scars on ModBlog was pretty rare, mostly due to the fact that scarification takes so long to heal.  With a tattoo or piercing, then end result is visible immediately, and you have a pretty good idea of how it’ll look in a few months time.  With scarification taking so long, it’s no wonder that artists don’t have as many healed photos as they do fresh ones, so many things can happen over the course of a year that can make it difficult to get a new photo.  This is especially relevant to artists who tour, as they may not return to a location for a significant period of time.

The reason I’ve bringing all this up today is because when I was browsing the galleries I recognized a scar that I first featured two years ago, when it was still fresh.  In fact, it was also one of the very first Friday Follow-up posts that showed how it had healed after three months.  Now here we are today, two years later, and we have an opportunity to revisit a scar, and get a good impression of just how much scars can change over time.

To start with, here’s the original photo from August 2010.

And now the initial follow-up from November 2010.

As you can see, the keloids are raising up, and the scar has taken on a distinctive reddish tone.

And finally, here’s how it looks today, two years later.

Such a drastic change from the first follow-up.  The scar is clearly defined, and you can see how it has raised up more in the upper abdomen, as opposed to the lower, due to movement.  The biggest change comes from the colouration.  Over time the redness of the fresh scar has died down completely and has reverted to the original skin tone.  Some scars lighten the tissue over time, however it seems here that the pigmentation has almost completely been restored.

A big thank you to Gabor Zagyvai (IAM: Wyrd) for continuing to send in updated photos of the scars he has done.

Abstract Apocalypse

We’ve seen Gabor’s abstract works here many times, but I think this is the first religious one we’ve seen.  Given the skull, the horn, and the angel wings, it’s a pretty safe assumption that this is a take on Gabriel blowing his horn to signify the end of days.  The thing about this particular image is that it’s not limited to Christian mythology.  While Gabriel appears in Islamic myth, it’s Israfel who sounds the trumpet of doom there.  For the Norse, Heimdall (the dude who stood on the end of the rainbow bridge in the Thor film) will blow the Gjallarhorn to warn of the coming of Ragnarok.  In any case, when December 12th hits this year, hopefully none of us hears a horn blow.

A BMEBoy and his bike

You’ve seen his both his tattoos and scars on ModBlog many times before, but when it comes to getting in front of the camera, Gabor (IAM: Wyrd) can be a little shy.  Which is why this photo is such a rare treat, and a great way to end the day.

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The Dakar

This scar by Gábor Zagyvai must have been on someone who is a big fan of rally races.  This is more Rachel’s realm of expertise, but from what I gather the Dakar is a pretty intense car/bike rally that crosses continents, oftentimes passing through some of the most remote locales.

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