Want to take part in something groundbreaking?

After months of planning and research, a new project is about to get underway that is both a living art exhibit and a journey into the very limits of body modification.  I’ve known about this for a little while, but I had been asked to keep quiet until the time was right.  Well, today is the day.

The artist behind this project has asked to remain anonymous for now, but he/she has been featured on ModBlog several times before.  This project is the culmination of many years of hard work.  That project?  The Arnie Composition.

The focus of the project is to take fictional modification/mutations found in various Arnold Schwarzenegger films and make them a reality.  This is where you come in.  The artist is looking for volunteers to take part in this radical art showcase.  In order to take part you must be 21 or older, and have some experience with surgical modifications (i.e. implants, etc), and be willing to travel to Montreal.

So what modifications are planned?  Well I don’t have the final list, but I can provide some examples.  We recently saw in the news a professor who used transdermal anchors to stick a camera into the back of his head.  The implants eventually had to be removed as the camera weighed too much.  For “The Arnie Composition” the artist is looking for someone who is up to the challenge of becoming The Predator. If you recall, in the film Predator, the alien had a digital device attached to his arm.  For the project the artist has crafted a compact and lightweight version that will attach to the arm via magnetic transdermals.

In addition to the arm plate, he is also looking to use multiple skull transdermal implants to attach dreadlocks similar to the predator’s.

Next up is the Terminator portion of the exhibit.  Using a combination of scarification, branding, and LED implants, the goal is to recreate the iconic look of The Terminator.

Finally, in the most radical modification of the collection, the Total Recall.  Total Recall is famous for a number of things, but probably the most iconic image is that of Mary, the prostitute.  One lucky woman will have the opportunity to be the centerpiece of the exhibit by transforming into Mary.

There are many more procedures planned, including a radical tattoo and scar piece reminiscent of Mr. Freeze.

If you have any questions regarding this exhibit, feel free to get in contact with me as I’ll be passing the requests along to the artist.  In the mean time, take a look through the galleries to see what what the many talented artists that submit their images to BME are capable of, and start watching those Arnie movies to get a better idea of what to expect from The Arnie Composition.

How Young is Too Young For Tattoos?

We at BME publish a lot of content that people don’t always agree with—we’re fine with that. Body modification, constantly increasing acceptance notwithstanding, can still be a bit of a touchy subject. Now, BME sometimes finds itself in a predicament, being that we want to promote body modification and see it flourish (and therefore showcase the best the community has to offer), but we are also an archive, and that role sees us documenting content that can cast body modification in an unfavorable light in the public sphere. Such is the duality of a Web site that seeks, simultaneously, to be the voice of a community as well a news outlet covering it.

So, when we got this picture, it gave us the cold sweats. What was more important? Should we keep a lid on it because of the negative light in which it could surely cast tattooing, or should we publish it because that’s what we’ve made a commitment to do? In the end, we decided to run it, albeit with any distinguishing features obscured, as you can see above. Hopefully, if nothing else, it’ll spark some intelligent discussion and we won’t be proven foolish for posting it.

Says the artist:

Okay okay we know people will probably FREAK about this but you have to accept you don’t know all the details!.. The boy grows up around tattoos, he loves them, always loved them, always wants his own – hey I know what that’s like! I did a small one his leg and he took it pretty good, strong kid, so what the hell? Made sure he got a good long sleep and had a big breakfast, and had a big bottle of warm milk to relax him before laying down for the tattoo (and some during too). He’s a champ!!! It’s something to grow up with and remember, and if dont “approve” then that’s your problem I guess.

… discuss.