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Shipping Rate Increase — Chinese Counterfeiting Edition

Posted by Charles LaFave

I’d like to talk a moment about Chinese counterfeiting. *** But first, I’m going to go over how our shipping rates will change this year. I’ll give you the big info first, so you’ll have it. You can stop reading after that if you don’t want to be deeply angered any further. Each year for […]

The Prosthetic Earlobe

Posted by Charles LaFave

For people with stretched lobes it’s the ultimate nightmare: a torn lobe. It’s something that does happen, and when it does what are the options? Sometimes a piercer can stitch the lobe together again, and sometimes not. It’s this exact conundrum that piercer Dylan Larsen, owner of Infusion Studio in Marysville, WA, decided to tackle […]

Odd Mods: Foreskin Restoration

Posted by Charles LaFave

“To expose a long penis, and especially the head, was regarded as shameless and dishonourable, something we see only in depictions of slaves and barbarians.” – Paul Zanker, The Mask of Socrates   The pen is mightier than the sword, but the penis… Well, not so much. Throughout history there has been a clash of […]

Odd Mods: Breast Implants

Posted by Charles LaFave

Warning: Some graphic breast cancer stuff below. A body modification expert once told me that the reason doctors don’t perform modifications very often is because they will not alter the body from its ‘normal’ state for aesthetic reasons. Then we both laughed and laughed, because come on. Come on. And unsurprisingly, in recent years some […]

Grindhouse Wetware

Posted by Charles LaFave

Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with the folks at Grindhouse Wetware, makers of awesome electronic implant devices, and chat with them about their work, and where they see the future of modification going.   So the big question that I think our readers will want to know is: What are your products […]

Deadmods Part 1: Shrunken heads

Posted by Charles LaFave

Sure, usually I write about the living. But in this series, I wanted to explore body modifications that happen after a person has died. These processes have produced some of the most amazing specimens in our history, and also resulted in some unexpectedly gruesome turns of events, as you’ll see below. We’ve all seen shrunken […]

The Noble Black Earstring

Posted by Charles LaFave

“Yet for thy sake I will not bore mine eare, To hang thy durtie silken shoo-tires there.” – Christopher Marlowe   In the time of James I (early 1600s), it became the fashion to wear a strand or three of black silk through the left ear. It was a bit of a high-class dandy-ish fashion […]

A Bit of Tattoo History

Posted by Charles LaFave

As I’ve mentioned before in this blog, there’s a tendency for body modification history to be erased somewhat because skin deteriorates so quickly, in most cases, and doesn’t leave much of a record for us. It’s only after mummies or frozen bodies are found that we see the real history of what people looked like, […]

Eye Tattooing – A Two Thousand Year Old Thing

Posted by Charles LaFave

“Galen is said to have been the first to tattoo the cornea for disguising opacities. He is said to have cauterized the opacity and then applied a paste composed of powder of gall-nut, pomegranate bark and a salt of copper. This, according to Panas, was the origin of tattooing. Anagostakis states that the ancient Greeks […]

The Smiling Tattoos of the Ainu Women

Posted by Charles LaFave

The word Ainu means “human” or “people” in the language of Ainu, which belongs to the indigenous people of Japan and Russia that carry the same name. Primarily associated with Japan, the Ainu have had a rough road over the last several centuries – a pattern that mimics the indigenous peoples of America and other […]

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