The Friday Follow-up

Hey ModBloggers, this week we’ve got a follow-up that encompasses a number of procedures in an effort to explore rescarification.  IAM: Nilrym, who you may remember from this follow-up post last year, has over the past 2 years been working on developing a scar to accompany a tattoo that he has.  With the help of Brian Decker from Pure Body Arts in NYC, Nilrym has explored traditional cutting scarification, branding, and tattoo machine scarification (Note to Jen: We really need to rename the “Tattoo Gun Scarification” gallery)

Nilrym was generous enough to provide a reflection on all of his experiences, which I’ll include with the photos below.

Rescarification, was a hopeful concept for me prior to getting my first scarification piece. I knew that I have highly elastic skin, and that I most likely would not heal the very distinctive and textured keloids I was seeking. However this never bothered me, because the concept of rescarification always seemed intuitive,  and therefore I assumed I could simply scar myself as many times as I wanted until my scar reached the desired height.  

I haven’t come across any experiences in the community on rescarifiation. I am sure I could have contacted artist familiar with scarification to get their opinion, but Im not sure how often clients seek this. I think mainly the concept  just made sense to me, that if you cut the skin and it scars, then do it again and it will scar more. Basically I decided to do rescarification because there seemed no reason to question that it wouldnt work. In the end I went for it, because I figured the scar results were only limited by my effort.

My first experience with Rescarification was the outline of my chest tattoo Anicca, I had it cut followed by branding after it had healed. My results and experience which mainly focuses on the commitment and exhaustion of aftercare is here: The results of my first scarification piece didn’t improve with rescarification, but I honestly had little hope for it to do so. The design was very thin, so it just didn’t seem to have enough area to agitate. For this reason I didn’t really consider it a proper gauge of rescarificaition.

2nd piece of scarification involved skin removal instead of just cutting and a larger area, so I thought it had potential for rescarification. I tried 3 different methods, and let each session properly heal.

My goal and desire was that I wanted the numbers to heal into big keloids and really pop.

Here is the initial scarification piece, the day it was done.

And here’s how it looked four months later.

Note: Its difficult to tell, but the main definition of this scar is in the ’2′. The diagonal part and bottom curve of the 2 are noticeably raised while the rest of the scar is minimally raised.

Read on to see what happened next for Nilrym and his scar.

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The vultures are circling

Not because something is dying, but because there was a whole lot of burnt flesh lying around after this branding.  Here’s what Brian had to say..

3 hour branding session on my buddy Joe, the toughest person I know. Who else can have full conversations and text message while getting drawn on with electricity without flinching? Having to continually stop to clean ink and blood off the ESU tip was the only thing that slowed me down. Thanks to Lalo Yunda for help with the drawing.

The Friday Follow-up

For this next scarification, we head back to Brooklyn, NYC where Brian Decker created this beautiful snail cutting/branding combo for IAM: Polareyez, which was featured back in October.

Here’s how it looks today.

As you can see, it’s much lighter than the scar I posted earlier today.  While it’s located on the lower abdomen, and it was cut by Brian, that’s where the similarities stop.  Genetics, skin type, aftercare, and many other factors can change how a scar forms on a person.

One of the main reasons I started up the Friday Follow-up posts was to showcase just how varied scars can heal, in addition to showcasing the many talented scarification artists out there.  To date there have been over 60 follow-up posts, and I hope to continue the tradition as long as I can.  So artists, and those of you with scars, send in your photos to BME (both fresh and healed) so we can keep the Friday Follow-up going for another 60 weeks.

The Friday Follow-up

So it just dawned on me that I haven’t posted a Friday Follow-up in a while.  To make up for lost time, today is going to be made up entirely of scarification follow-up photos.  We’ve got scars from three different artists, and two of the scars are by the same artist, but show just how different scars can heal from person to person.

To kick things off today we’ve got a lower abdomen scar from Brian Decker.  What’s interesting to note is just how pronounced the keloiding has made the scar.  The reason I’m bringing this up is because the next post today will be another abdomen scar by Brian.

If you look close you can see that Brian used a scalpel for most of it, but then switched to branding to shade it.

As I said, this is only the first of many follow-up posts today.  Come on back in a little bit to see the rest of them.