You Got Me For Now


Hoo boy, this is just some excellent work right here, eh folks? The very talented Brendan Russell checks in all the way from 2012 Tattoo and Piercing in Newcastle, Australia, with this stunning Día de los Muertos-inspired scarification piece, featuring some of the finest cross-hatch and skin removal we’ve seen in quite some time. As always, it’ll be very interesting to see how this bad boy heals up, but for the time being? This is getting the job done for us.

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Admire the View


The last time we saw Jusn, he was bonding with his pops over big stretched piercings, real or otherwise. Before that, though, we featured him immediately following a scarification collaboration by Ron Garza and Wayde Dunn based on a Garuda mask Ron saw while in Indonesia. This is that cutting, two-and-a-half years later and just a little sunburned, but it’s a fine example of how a particularly intricate cutting can fare several years down the line.

Cutting Gone Wrong


Acts of body modification, even when performed by experienced professionals, can still have unpredictable results, and even the best-laid plans can go unexpectedly awry. Such was the case for this gentleman above, who, following a cutting, thought he was well upon his way into healing when things took an unfortunate turn.

This just goes to show you, even in a sterile environment and with proper aftercare, things can still go wrong. I followed precise aftercare, cleaning and re-dressing my wound 2-3 times a day, etc. Everything was going great until the seventh day of healing, when I developed two small pink areas. Talking to my artist via phone (who will go unnamed) we discussed the possibility of a heat rash but he wouldn’t know until he saw it in person and told me to stop wrapping it. I woke up the next morning and I saw what you see in the photo, which took about only nine hours to develop. Needless to say, I’m now taking two types of antibiotics, four pills a day; hopefully it will clear up soon. I can’t help but feel bummed because less than two days ago, everything looked perfect. Over the years, this is my first body modification to ever go wrong or become infected.

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This Week in BME


Hot damn that’s a whole lotta tattoo content, eh ModBloggers? Let’s cool off with a nice refreshing scarification piece, this one by Brian Wood at Liberty Tattoo in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. And it’s with that that we’ll leave you on this mild Friday. These have been an irregular couple of weeks, but come Monday we’ll be back to the ModBlog you know and love—honest! You probably haven’t missed much over the past little while, but just in case? We’d recommend checking out the Tattoo Hollywood posts, which are just chock full of awesomeness courtesy of Phil Barbosa, Thaddeus Brown and Jen Savage. We’ll try to make some appearances over the weekend, but until Monday, have fun, stay safe and, of course, thank you for your continued support of BME.

Wave To All My Friends


And we’re back! Apologies for the sporadic nature of our fair ModBlog over the past week, but it was worth it, we promise. We’re still trying to get settled and kick the terrible disease we contracted on the flight back to the wintry north, but in the mean time, here we have Timothy‘s new bonsai tree cutting by The Thunder From Down Under (And Sometimes From Above), Wayde Dunn in Calgary, Alberta. Tim’s other side is similarly adorned with a bonsai tree cutting by Brian Decker, so it goes without saying that that is one formidable torso he’s got there. And the scarification pieces are pretty nice too! Zing.

Sat By The Ships


Whoa hey, straight outta Budapest comes this cutting by Gábor Zagyvai at his eponymous studio in the aforementioned Hungarian capital. This piece is well into the healing process, and, happily, is affixed to someone with an appropriately warrior-esque body to boot. If, however, you do find yourselves engaged in a decades-long battle of attrition with him, his only weakness? Gift horses. Roll one of those suckers up to his front door and you’ll be sacking that castle in no time. A close-up of Gábor’s handiwork, after the jump.

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The Gravity Of Duties


Good day, ModBloggers! Let’s get the ball rolling today with this handsome “neo-tribal” scarification sleeve by Micael Faccio out of recent ModBlog hot-spot São Paulo, Brazil. The scarification sleeve is still a relatively rare phenomenon (although surely not unheard of), but efforts like this certainly make us optimistic about future prospects.

Tattoo Hollywood, BME’s first tattoo convention, is coming to Los Angeles from August 21-23, featuring contests, prizes and some of the best artists from around the world! Click here for more information.

Before The Creation


Welcome back, folks! Hope you all had the loveliest of weekends (and are continuing to enjoy a long weekend, if you have the fortune of being a Canadian government employee). Let us begin the ever-illustrious Shark Week with this intricate, Flower of Life-ish cutting by Brendan Russell at 2012 Tattoo and Piercing in Newcastle, Australia, who writes in to say, “ModBlog my arse, I am always submitting my work to you and other crap gets put up.” Ha ha, zing! Well, here you are, Sir. This is pretty tremendous work here.

Let’s get off on the good foot this week, ModBloggers, even if whales are more your speed than sharks.

Tattoo Hollywood, BME’s first tattoo convention, is coming to Los Angeles from August 21-23, featuring contests, prizes and some of the best artists from around the world! Click here for more information.

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Great is the Hand


I just assumed this was a Lionel Out Of Step piece when I first saw it, but no! Bested again! This chest tattoo, belonging to kipich, was in fact done by Montreal’s own Yann Black at Glamort. I love tattoos that are creative with their use of space, so this? This really does it for me, not to mention the sleeve and the scarification. High marks all around.

Tattoo Hollywood, BME’s first tattoo convention, is coming to Los Angeles from August 21-23, featuring contests, prizes and some of the best artists from around the world! Click here for more information.

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Naughty In My Sight


Ahoy-hoy, ModBloggers! Let’s roll out today with this damn-near perfect hand grenade cutting by our favorite intergalactic scalpel-wielding space creature, Anders “Alienboy” Allinger at Flesh Impressions in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia. Is the wearer a soldier, perhaps? An anarchist, maybe? Or, more sinister than anything, a Green Day fan?

And holy holy, it’s Friday, folks. Feel free to bottle up and explode.

Tattoo Hollywood, BME’s first tattoo convention, is coming to Los Angeles from August 21-23, featuring contests, prizes and some of the best artists from around the world! Click here for more information.

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