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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 […]

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 […]

Trepanation

Posted by Charles LaFave

Trepanning AKA Trepanation, AKA Trephination   Imagine someone taking a really sharp rock and cutting your scalp, then flopping your scalp open like a wet rug and using a – probably – different rock to saw into your skull. They then make a roughly rectangular shape, pop out part of your skull bones, put your […]

Corseting

Posted by Charles LaFave

AKA Odd Mods 3 When you think of corsets, you probably think about those kooky Victorians and their tightlacing. You’re not wrong, and we’ll get to them in a bit. But the history of the corset goes back a lot further than that. Try 2000 BCE, on the island of Crete, where a culture we’ve come […]

Dr. Berger’s Memory Implants – Transhumanism 3

Posted by Charles LaFave

Have you ever forgotten anything? I certainly have. For millions of people around the world suffering from brain damage, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, it’s a matter of life and death. Now what if you could have a hard drive implanted in your brain? As your brain fails, the hard drive picks up the […]

The Woman Who Feels Earthquakes – Transhumanism 2

Posted by Charles LaFave

During performances, Moon Ribas shakes onstage to a rhythm that only she can feel. A choreographer and performer from Northern Spain, Ribas is a self-identified cyborg and co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation. It’s goals, according to Ribas, are to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights, and to promote cyborg art as an artistic and […]

Ear Project Q and A – With the Amazing Whitney Thompson

Posted by Charles LaFave

It’s on Tumblr. It’s on Pinterest. It’s on Facebook, and maybe Myspace or like LiveJournal (but who’s still using those?) Is it on Google Plus? I’m not going to check, but I assume it is. I’m talking about ear projects, one of the most photographed, shared and searched piercing-related things on social media. You may […]

The Brain to Brain Interface – Transhumanism 1

Posted by Charles LaFave

They’re called BBIs (short for Brain to Brain Interfaces), and in 2013 Dr. Rajesh Rao, along with Dr. Andrea Stocco and their team at the University of Washington, succeeded in connecting the brains of two participants and moving information back and forth between the two using a non-invasive interface. In layman’s terms: They used science […]

The MRI Follow-up

Posted by Charles LaFave

After posting my original blog, we got a lot of feedback from Facebook (Shoutout to Facebook users Liz, Larissa, and Megan for their great questions). I decided that a follow-up would be good, since there’s not a lot of information out there on some of these questions. In a surprising turn, Liz mentioned having images […]

Piercings and the MRI

Posted by Charles LaFave

Katy Peters needed to get an MRI for a radical hysterectomy surgery she had coming up. Her doctor told her that should would need to remove her nipple jewelry beforehand for safety (She had a barbell in each nipple). After talking with her piercer, she decided to sign the waivers and go ahead with the […]

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