Meet Marcus “The Creature” Boykin from AMC’s Freakshow Reality TV Show

Tonight (February 14, 2013) AMC will be airing a new reality TV show called “Freakshow”, all about the Venice Beach Freakshow. The cast member who may be of most interest to ModBlog readers is Marcus “The Creature” Boykin, tattooed head to toe and wearing a face-full of self-pierced metal. The name “Creature” comes with a double meaning — he’s not just a creature in the monstrous sense, but also “create-ure” in the sense of creating himself as an artistic invention, a body that is “all original, unlike anyone else’s”, in the hope that he’d be able to not just entertain, but inspire and let people know that no matter how impossible something seems, you can do it.

Here’s the official video profile of Creature from AMC. Following that is a brief chat that we had yesterday letting you know a little bit more about what makes Creature tick — but if you really want to see what he and the rest of Venice Beach Freakshow are all about, don’t miss the show, which begins tonight on AMC at 9:30, 8:30 CST.

** What made you want to move from being a kid into piercings to someone at the “freak end of the scale” — and how did your family react?

My family are hard core Christians, and my mom is still in disbelief, but my dad supports me to the fullest in the craze of body art and piercings. My inspiration came from historical pictures like the Great Omi… warriors receiving scarification, like the great Shaka Zulu, and slaves chastisement as they got whipped and scarred and burned — also Jesus Christ himself suffered out of this world piercings and was scarred beyond any recognition — it goes reallly deeeep…


** How did you get into the industry professionally?

When I was a kid I always was attracted to the arts, and now consider myself a multi-disciplinary artist. I was someone who was always into creatures — that’s why my name fits so well. I first got educated on the industry by going to the store and grabbing ink magazines. I saw the abnormal things featured in magazines like Tattoo Savage, and these influenced my young mind. Even as a kid, I always wanted to entertain, from the art of popping, locking, and breakdancing, and being a creature known as Gizmo and Raver Dayn, as Yoshi, and rebel dancing as him toooooo… I’ve always been into the strange and unusual, so I’m not surprised by my profession. I believe I didn’t choose it — it chose me.


** Why do you have so many piercings specifically on your face? Do you have issues with rejection?

I have a lot of piercings on my face because I want to fill it completely with surface piercings. Ear stretchings, lips, nipples… a lot of the mods just takes time. Of course I suffer rejection but that’s just a part of the game. I’ve been piercing my own face and tattooing it for years now, and things just keep on improving in the industry so there are endless possibilities. The future holds many new creations in my body mods. It won’t be done until I am dead.

Creature with one of his many young fans

** What are your future body modification plans? Are you interested in going for one of the “most piercings” type records?

As my mods go, I am still adding more and want to continue to lead African Americans in this art form and represent the endless possibilities of our body. That’s very important to me, and in addition to my facial work, I want piercings over my entire body surface. I already hold the record as the most tattooed and modified man in America thanks to my layers of ink, mods, piercings, and stretchings but I’m going for more — of course I will keep delivering the blow! Art has endless possibilities, and I express that through the body as the Creature.


** What can we expect from you on the show?

Before I started body mod I did body balance circus tricks and planking, part of a world-wide crew I started called “The Freakshow”, and advancing to the world famous LA Breakers, tattooing and evolving my skills and receiving mod work to advance my power. Now as a tattooed man, following in the footsteps of the Great Omi, famous in the sideshow, I love what I do because of the influence I can have on children, telling them to be themselves — that’s what’s it all about.


** Have is been difficult walking this path due to your ethnicity?

Yes. I believe there is a big separation in piercing for minorities versus whites. Blacks in particular, because in modern times they don’t generally do these things, is why I felt I had to lead and do it personally. I believe we as African Americans come from the first culture to do these things historically, especially in the extreme categories like head shaping, lip plates, septum expansions, plugs in ears, lips, upper lips, nose, and of course also scarification and branding… As Americans, blacks have had to walk a straight edge to get jobs, so mods are uncommon. We are forced to look acceptable to work…

** Have there been positive aspects as well?

All the movies I watched growing up were about being black and proud, and I want to express that through my ink. Like everyone, I have an inner warrior, and I found mine through needles of ink and piercing, as well as through modifying my hair… I had my face fully tattooed at age twenty-three. My race helps me with this struggle because there is no one leading in the mod world as a black male, and I wanted to be the real first extreme real black make in the body mod community.

In addition to being in the sideshow and inking himself, Marcus has also worked as a tattoo artist in a classic urban LA style. Here’s a collection of the ink he’s put on others — click to zoom in for a closer look. Don’t miss the cartoon in the bottom right which wears the same nose jewelry as Creature!

Law and Order: BME

As some of you may recall, the Law and Order: SVU production office reached out to BME to find some people for an upcoming episode.  Well, it turns out that quite a number of IAM members made the cut and will be featured on this week’s episode.  You can check out the show tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 16th, on NBC at 10pm EST).  One IAM member that you’ll definitely be seeing is none other than Rachie Tartz, who was nice enough to send in some photos to the BME Girls gallery.

Keep on reading if you want to see the photos that won’t be airing on network television.

Ink Master

What will you be watching on TV tonight? BME was sent the following promo for a new tattoo show:

Host & Judges of Spike TV's "InkMaster"

New York, NY, August 18, 2011 – Dave Navarro has signed on to host Spike TV’s “Ink Master,” the first-ever tattoo competition series. The eight one-hour episode series, produced by Charlie Corwin’s Original Media with Charlie Corwin and Jay Peterson serving as executive producers, will premiere on Spike in January 2012.

“Dave Navarro is known worldwide for his musical talents, but he’s also well-known within in the tattoo community for his incredible body art,” says Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation. “Dave’s ultimate respect for the art and culture of tattooing makes him perfect for this series.”

An estimated 40 million Americans have at least one tattoo somewhere on their body. So who is the country’s preeminent tattoo artist? “Ink Master” is the first-ever tattoo competition series featuring some of the nation’s top tattoo artists on a quest to determine who is the best at their craft and who will win a huge cash prize. Throughout the competition, the artists battle it out in various tattoo challenges that test the artists’ technical skills and on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo on command and be judged by a panel including Navarro, tattoo artists and experts Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

The tension and stakes are high in “Ink Master” as the artists not only face the judges, but also the opinions of their ‘human canvases.’ The artists will have a wide variety of clients to deal with, ranging from tattoo virgins to connoisseurs with a full sleeve of body art to those who want to cover-up a prior tattoo misstep. The masterpieces created on these ‘human canvases’ will last a lifetime, but so will the mistakes. Satisfying the individual whose skin now bears the artists’ handiwork will be a major element in determining the victor.

The winner of “Ink Master” will win a $100,000 cash prize and a feature in Inked magazine, the preeminent magazine covering tattoo culture, art, music and fashion.

With his six-string skills best described as a merger between heavy metal, psychedelia, and modern rock, Navarro is one of alternative rock’s first true guitar heroes. Best known as the guitarist for Jane’s Addiction, the band recently released the new single “Irresistible Force” off their highly anticipated album The Great Escape Artist that debuts worldwide on September 27.

Nunez, 38, is of Cuban descent and grew up in Miami, FL. He entered into the realm of tattooing after beginning his career as a graffiti artist. At 21, Nunez packed his bags for a short trip to Brazil and ended up staying for five years. He then traveled through Europe for three years, which enabled him to work with his favorite tattoo artists. The experience expanded both his artistic sense and his knowledge of tattooing. He was a star and fan favorite on the popular tattoo-reality series, “Miami Ink.” Nunez is a partner in Ridgeline Empire, a strategic multiplatform content and media corporation, which operates the subsidiaries Ink Skins and Upset Gentlemen and an animation studio with two animated series in development, “Hoodbrats” and “Toothians.” He is also getting ready to open a new tattoo venture to be based in his hometown of Miami.

Peck is an artist whose whole life revolves around tattooing. He began tattooing when he was just 19 years old in his hometown of Dallas, TX and has perfected his precise and traditional tattooing style making him one of the best and well-known ‘old school’ American style artists. In 2008, Peck inked his way into the Guinness Book of World Records when he completed 415 tattoos of the number 13 in a consecutive 24-hour period. He is one of the most traveled tattoo artists on the circuit, tattooing all over Europe including England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Norway and in the Far East, including Japan and Thailand. Peck is co-owner of Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, TX and the owner of True Tattoo located in Hollywood, CA.

“Ink Master” is produced by Original Media and Charlie Corwin is executive producer of the series. Original Media currently has thirteen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “Miami Ink,” “LA Ink,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “Storm Chasers,” and “BBQ Pitmasters.” Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA. Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Chris Rantamaki is vice president of original programming for Spike TV.

You can view a preview of the show, which airs tonight, here:

Official Ink Master Series Trailer
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For those of you intending to check out the show, come back and let us know what you thought after it airs.

The best thing on British TV since Mr. Bean?

My favorite crazy Brits, the Psycho Cyborgs, are up to something.  Recently they took over Camden High Street in London for ten minutes. They are working on a new project and this was one of many upcoming promotions for that project. They can’t tell us too much about it, because the whole point of this is that they are building up interest for when it’s “released” in September – It should  be incredible though!


Reality shows – Tried, tested and tired of seeing them all? Think again!!

Horror movies? Well, we have all seen at least a few that have made us cringe, jump, and sometimes be shocked at by all the blood, guts, gore and a few weapons of choice. After it’s finished off you go to bed feeling entertained but knowing it wasn’t real.

But what if it were? And what if you, the viewer, were in complete control?

Well now you are…

This is gonna be utterly insane. Pure sickness!

It’s entertainment. It’s gore. It’s blood. It’s fun. It’s pain.

And it’s REAL.

Any publicity, is good publicity

It’s always cool to see people we have featured here before get some positive publicity in “normal” media outlets. I don’t know if the show America’s Got Talent counts as “normal” media or not, but hell, at least it’s on primetime network television! Our friends from the SwingShift SideShow managed to make it past a bit of Sharon Osbourne’s bitchiness and onto the second round!

Hey guys, I don’t really follow this show much, but I tell you what I’ll vote for you, but if you win you must demand they bring back the delightful drunk David Hasselhoff, who is leaps and bounds more interesting that that germaphobe, Howie Mandell.

Fist pumpin’ with the best of them.

We all have a thing we like to do that may or may not embarrass us if word got out that we did them. Well my thing is watching terrible TV shows on MTV, and it don’t get no worse than this show here. Its like watching a train wreck, its terrible but you can’t peel your eyes away.

In any case, I wanted to talk a little about my favorite “guido” in the house: Pauly D. He has so much going on with him it’ll make your head spin. He has a full arsenal of tattoos, has a penis piercing (although his website doesn’t specify which type) and he may or may not have suspended (in one of the episodes it looks like he is wearing hooks on a chain). That plus some of the other non-permanent modifications like the deep tan, perfect blow out and big oily muscles. This guy has it all!

Now I want to know, since I shared my secret with you, what is your dirty little secret indulgence?

More fist pumping action after the break


Deserve’s Got Nothin’ To Do With It

As ancient as I feel when there’s moisture in the air, I wasn’t (and I imagine many of you weren’t) around for the golden age of the TV Western. Sure, we had Walker, Texas Ranger to call our own, but The Lone Ranger? Roy Rogers? Rawhide? Forget about it. Now, some people may find it silly to be nostalgic for television (be it a program or an era), but hey, one can’t predict from where one’s inspiration will come, right? Also, this makes me feel much better about my Designing Women/Murphy Brown sleeve.

(Tattoo by Lerc at Transitions Tattoo in Huntington Beach, California.)

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