Thursday, September 14, 2006

Scar Tattooing: A Whole New Kind of Nasty

Apparently tattooing and good old-fashioned piercing aren't enough for the kids these days. When I was a whippersnapper, we got Prince Alberts and huge tattoos we couldn't really afford and we called it a day. Somebody's always gotta keep ahead of the curve, though, and get something bigger, nastier, and more painful.

Like this young lady, who is probably going to get bored with herself in a year or two and get a manhole cover installed in her lower lip.

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Apparently, that's not red ink. That's SCAR TISSUE. My friend Natasha sent me these photos which have been circulating Down Under for a while ... no explanation, just these images of a potentially lovely young lady having her back scarred to look like bamboo. The following photos show the work in progress and should NOT be viewed by my mother or anyone who is trying to eat in the next few hours.

You've been warned.

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That photo up there -- it's the freaking SKIN from her BACK. UGH. You can see the little pile of used razor blades in the right-hand corner there. The skin itself looks like pork rinds or earthworms, doesn't it? You could catch a hell of a catfish with that stuff.

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39 Comments:

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ Jeff, it's gonna take about three hours of cuteoverload.com to get over this one.
-Katie

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger Lonnie Bruner said...

HOLY FUCKING SHIT, I think those are the White Cliffs of Dover there in the background across the water. My god, that's an AMAZING natural wonder. Ever been there?

 
At 11:37 AM, Blogger E :) said...

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

 
At 12:34 PM, Anonymous suicide_blond said...

ummm..that disclaimer....well its just not quite stong enuff...

 
At 7:14 PM, Blogger Protagonist said...

I skimmed this, went on about my life, and am still haunted by it hours later...
*shudder* That's a pile of skin! *shudder*

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger KassyK said...

Wow, seriously that is one of the most disturbing, vile things I have ever seen--wow.

 
At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

scarring has actually been around for quite awhile. usually they put ash on the cuts to make the scars 3 dimensional.

 
At 11:19 PM, Blogger ejtakeslife said...

That girl is such a wuss. I totally got a Scotch pine in scar tissue on my ass, then lit myself on fire to make it look even cooler.

 
At 8:02 AM, Blogger sturgeone said...

down south the signs in that neighborhood read: "Now, this aint no shit....."

 
At 9:55 AM, Anonymous pelagius said...

Mmmm... Bacon...

 
At 1:49 PM, Anonymous CC said...

Catching catfish...you are a gas.

 
At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Kenneth said...

I just had dinner. Thanks. Thanks a lot. I hope your mother doesn't read this blog.

 
At 1:01 PM, Anonymous in2deep said...

oh holy Lord of mine!

 
At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Ben said...

Finally! Tatoos just weren't difficult enough to remove. Now this is disfiguring.

 
At 12:00 PM, Blogger dctwentysomething said...

this is truly sick

 
At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it looks beautiful and you all are a bunch of fucking pussies for bitching


if you think this is offensive check out www.b0g.org

 
At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Yeti said...

Can we see her face?

 
At 7:58 PM, Blogger xxx said...

Hey, that's me! I thought it was funny someone mentioned a lip plate, I have a 00g hole in it already. To set the record straight, I'm not a pain freak. I really don't like being in pain, I just dealt with it to get the end result. Scarification has been around for a very long time, long before western culture decided to call me crazy for trying it. The pain is mind over matter...you just deal and at some point it's over.


Here is my myspace page if you wish to contact me further:
http://www.myspace.com/corinnaseipp

 
At 5:16 PM, Anonymous jane said...

i'd love to have something like that

 
At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Score one for Team Culturally Ignorant. As if scarification is a fun and new thing. The human body is meant to scar. I'd say it's a hell of a lot weirder to be one of those creeps who meticulously applies Mederma to reverse the body's natural healing processes.


I think this is a beautiful piece of work and to write about it as if it's a rape scene or pile of dead babies is unfair and exemplifies cultural ignorance.

 
At 12:44 PM, Anonymous blakey said...

i think it's pretty. i wouldn't do it to myself, but it's definitly artwork on what i'd think would be a tough medium to work with.

 
At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh for fuck's sake, just grow up and grow a set already. You know what I think is disgusting? Women who go in and have facelifts, boob jobs, fat sucked out of them, etc. Why aren't you posting pictures of the jars of fat from lipsuction? Or the discarded skin and tissue from tummy-tucks and rhinoplasties? Oh, that's right... let's point at the people who are embracing artistic forms of expression, rather than trying to look 20 years younger than they actually are. And for what? Validation. People who don't love themselves are the ones who get plastic surgery. THOSE are the sickos you should be talking shit about, assclown.

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So it's a girl expressing herself...big deal, she's not hurting anyone. Noones making you do it or look at it, and it's shallow minded people like you who make the world a worse place. It's not something I want to do, but the end result is stunning, and if she has the balls to be who she wants to be, then good on her. I'm glad you put on the warning about not eating in the next few hours though, your ignorance makes me sick.

 
At 4:04 PM, Blogger Jeff Simmermon said...

Hi. I actually am the person who owns this blog. I've gotten a number of aggressive and vehemently hateful comments from some of you guys, and I can't say that I appreciate it very much. For people that want tolerance and understanding and all these peaceful things, those of you that left the aforementioned comments are not setting a very good example.

When I reread that post, I am pretty embarrassed, myself. It came out much more negatively than I meant it to. I stand by the fact that I think that process is gross, and I really don't understand it, but I do wish I'd worded it in a way that seemed less judgmental. I have a giant tattoo on my back, myself, and I feel the same way I imagine my parents felt when I got my back done.

I think the girl pictured in those photos handled herself the best out of any of us involved in this little conversation -- she sid something nice that made me think twice about myself and left a link for further discussion. She didn't hide behind a screenname and say anything hateful.

We had a pretty respectful back-and-forth for a little while, and she consented to be interviewed on my blog. I sent her a list of questions that she has not yet read or responded to, but I hope she does. I'll learn something, and my audience will, too.

And hopefully anyone -- myself included -- will learn not to be such an instinctive hater. It's really unpleasant and it makes the whole situation so much worse. If you want to be understood, be understanding. That's what I've learned here -- from her positive example and from the few of you that have set a negative one.

 
At 1:39 AM, Blogger Matthew said...

Well done, Jeff. While I don't know how you could have not realized your original comments were tasteless and borderline offensive to many modified people, I do appreciate you being mature enough to acknowledge it.
There are many things in the mod scene that I understand or see the attraction to, but there is so much beauty to found as well.
I look forward to reading the interview.

 
At 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I was brave enough to have something like that done. I bet it feels cool when you run your fingers across the art. It's Beautiful. Anyway, I believe If the world wasn't full of brave, beautiful, ugly, wierd and normal people we would be so boring.

 
At 1:48 AM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

I don't think theres anything really that wrong with it I actually was thinking of getting it done and wanted to see what other people had(which is how I stumbled upon these cool pictures),Nothing big or flashy like the bamboo or the chinese fish that covered a womans entire theigh.I actually was browsing around and came across a picture of a very cute girl..with the Apple(yes the computer guys)Apple symbol verrry half assed and clearly done by herself on her arm,Which had several slashes accross her forearm(cough cutter cough!).Some proffessionals can actually numb it for people who don't want the "rush" and just want the end results.If you want it great if you don't thats fine too but you know,Don't knock it til' you try it..Oh almost forgot if anyone wants to discuss it further my E-mail is Sephiroth13lack@aol.com

 
At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

doesnt look that nice while its being done but i think when its finished it looks realy nice.

not the kind of thing that i'll get done though

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is fucking nasty.. you are not a woman your a disgrace of a human.. cutting your skin off so it looks like bamboo or whatever the fuck you decided to put on your back is not only ugly but un-sanitary... you should have taken one of those razor blades and cut your wrists you stupid fuck of a woman... hope you get an infection and die!

 
At 5:54 AM, Blogger brian said...

Very courageous of you to be anonymous.....It's unfortunate for you that a girl has more balls.

 
At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Juniper said...

im getting the same thing done in under a month.

but im getting a rose bush with 3 roses on it, something that means alot to me.

juniper.

 
At 11:08 AM, Anonymous girl89 said...

One word - beautiful :)

 
At 5:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That must be a world of pain!!!!
I think im going to be sick

 
At 12:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks tasty :)

 
At 4:40 AM, Anonymous E. said...

I've been doing this to myself for a while before i knew it could be done professionally. I personally think they are so much cooler then tattoos, the way they look and feel. The only thing that sucks is professionals won't do it to minors even with parental consent(which theres no way in hell i'd ever get) I love the one on this girls back it's AMAZING. I can't wait until im old enough to get a professional one done.

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Anna said...

o god. i can't believe people would do that to themselves. i'm about to get my first tattoo and i'm scared to get that done... can't imagine this

 
At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Reaper said...

I'm a retired master piercer and body modification artist. I used to do plenty brandings and scarrifications.
It's not as hectic as people think although it hurts a lot more than a tattoo.

I have a good deal of tattoos, piercings, stretches, I've been suspended and I've done a couple of my own scars.

It might not be what you guys are into and you may not like it but to each his own. If it makes her happy then so be it.

I was in the industry for a long time. I fully understand how people can find this extreme and even disturbing. Sometimes I have to force myself to look at it from their point of view. It may have been around for centuries but it's still unusual.

I'm lucky enough to see this from both sides.
For the people who don't understand this: Try to understand it and learn about it, the worst case is you'll come out knowing more. It really isn't a psychological break-down.
For the people who are into mods: Stop being so damned defensive. Think about it. It's extreme and you have to expect some extreme reactions.
If you were less aggressive in defending yourself you might get the chance to educate people and you'd have less extreme reactions.
The point is, you chose to be extreme and stand out. Be prepared to stand out.

It's mostly pierced/tattooed/modified people who give us a bad name because they reinforce the stereotype.

I think this world would be a better, more tolerant place if we all lightened up and tried to understand each other. You might be very surprised what you learn and who you meet.

 
At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let these weirdos intimidate you. It is your body is a temple why mess with it.
That is one of the worst things i've seen a young girl do to herself. Just wait till she gets old we will see how great it looks.

 
At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Reaper 100%. I'm a PTA mom with no tattoos or piercings and I also teach Sunday school. I came across this when I was searching for hairless cats to show my daughter. My daughter didn't see this by the way!! :)

I saw some of the cats were tattooed and then on a web site saw scarring instead of tattooing. I was curious what people had to say about the procedure and find that there is a whole lot of judgment going on. I promise there are some of us "normal" folk out here who don't judge you. Please don't put us all in that category!! I also have no idea why I felt I needed to express this! haha!!

 

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