The topic of body modifying such as bagel heads, horns, elf ears, or tongue splits etc. came up and I wanted to ask:

  • Would you get one of these procedures done?
  • Do you think new body modification techniques are less about self expression and more about looking for attention or not?
  • What are your thoughts about how society reacts towards those who do get some form of extreme body modification?
  • Do you think society will eventually accept these new looks, as with tattoos and piercings, over time or will they eventually fade out?

Tattoos and multiple piercings are more widely known about, but the world of body art always has new ways to develop more extensive procedures which are now involving silicone and implants. What are your thoughts. Please share your ideas, thoughts, or experience.

 

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There are some extremes that I would never do , such as surgical implants in my skull for spikes , the methods of burning ,or carving don`t appeal to me either .  I do have alot of Tats which have different meanings or a special symbology  i.e. my thor`s hammer , pentacle with elements , kaballah  tree of life  , OM symbol , a rose for my MOM and my Daughter . my USMC tat , owl , rebel flag w/ usa flag , and my back piece a Goddess with wings holding sword w/ skull , and my Mithras tat .  and many others ... my left ear is pierced with two holes and both nipples .  it gets expensive that`s for sure !  i`ve got some more work that needs to be colored . ive consider more piercings , like the septum , or lower areas ...  all of my family members have tats except my sister  . my Mom got her first one at 50 yrs old and her last one when my Father passed ( in  memory to their 50 years of marridge) .  i love tats , even dated a artist in Savannah GA. a few years back . society in general will most likely always have issues with too many tattoos , and other body mods such as that girl in Mexico , or the Cat man ,  Lizard guy ,ect .

it gets expensive that`s for sure !

I was thinking about that earlier, and how much it costs just to get a piercing or tattoo. My husband has several tattoos and I have had several piercings which are expensive. I have never asked what it would cost to do a implant but I don't think it would be very cheap.

Would you get one of these procedures done?

I would like to have pointy ears, but not like an "Elf", I have seen naturally pointed ears and loved them to death. Unfortunately, am a Matron type - these ears might not harmonise with my profile, the best result would be looking like a Marvel comics Mutant.

Do you think new body modification techniques are less about self expression and more about looking for attention or not?

To me there is no difference between getting a pair of surreal tits and having horns implanted in your forehead.

What are your thoughts about how society reacts towards those who do get some form of extreme body modification?

Also I do not think that these people want acceptance most of all, and I am sure that most have no problem with negative reactions. In the Western world, tattoos used to be accepted enough for aristocrats to be tattooed from head to toe (17th to early 19th century).

Do you think society will eventually accept these new looks, as with tattoos and piercings, over time or will they eventually fade out?

If you look at the history of body modifications (this includes extreme corsets as well), and then go back to the commonly accepted ones, from the mentioned breast implants, to botox, to puckering up your lips to the extreme Innsmouth look, to hair implants and what have you, you can see all these things never really went away.

these ears might not harmonise with my profile, the best result would be looking like a Marvel comics Mutant.

Understood. I couldn't get elf ears since I don't want to portray myself as an elf when I am far from being one. I like elves and I like the stories about them but I would never make a great elf.

I saw a news show that said some women are now having their toes surgically removed so they can feel more comfortable in their shoes. 

http://starcasm.net/archives/169089

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/cosmetic-toe-surgery-rise/story?id=167...

I just got my third piercing the other day (sounds way more extreme than it actually is-my first two were the "normal" ear lobe ones, the third one being a piercing of my lip at the bottom right) so obviously I'm not someone who is against body modifications ^_^

Personally I don't see them as a rebellion- I mean I know a lot of people DO use them as a way to rebel against family/society whatever, but for me I just love the way piercings and tattoos etc look.

Pain wise, I've never found any of my piercings too painful, although obviously since I've only had three not-so-risky ones, I can't comment too generally xD The lip one is easily the most uncomfortable one I've had, but its healing fine and I'm used to it already.

What I do hate is the whole thing about having to remove or hide them in order to be able to get a job ¬¬ when I was thinking about getting this lip one done the main criticism my friends had was, "oh, I like piercings but actually I do want to get a job." (said every time in a pretty sarcy way). It irritates me so much that everything has to revolve around money and careers, and in a way those comments made me want to do it more, I just thought I'm not letting my potential work life dictate every other area of my life. Ergh.

Sorry for the rant xD but yes, ^there are my opinions :') xox

What I do hate is the whole thing about having to remove or hide them in order to be able to get a job ¬¬

In the past I have had ten piercings done (not at once) on my face, some of which I had to remove due to a job requesting I lose them or violate dress code. I had to buy plastic or clear jewelry and even then it "annoyed" some co-workers. I would never wear any of my piercings to a job interview but it's easier to deal with piercings since they are removable and tattoos or implants are not.

Q1.) Would you get one of these procedures done?

A1.) Maybe the horns, if I won big money on the lottery.

Q2.) Do you think new body modification techniques are less about self expression and more about looking for attention or not?

Q2.) I think it's an even split between self expression and attention seeking. I remember when extreme tattoos started showing up, things like full back and sleeves. There's always be a contingent that would try and catch people staring so they could yell "Don't look at me!", which if the clothing they choose to wear is any indication was the exact opposite of what they really wanted.

Q3.) What are your thoughts about how society reacts towards those who do get some form of extreme body modification?

A3.) Society starts out cruel and mocking and very quickly becomes bored and moves on. That's what passes for acceptance these days.

Q4.) Do you think society will eventually accept these new looks, as with tattoos and piercings, over time or will they eventually fade out?

A4.) Everything old is new again, we recycle fashion. There's hair and clothing styles that were all the rage in Roman society that resurfaced last century.

Society starts out cruel and mocking and very quickly becomes bored and moves on. That's what passes for acceptance these days.

I think you have a point. I saw a group of youth (a non-native urban tribe) hiking in the local desert. They had many piercings and tattoos on their face and body but I could tell they were living on the fringe. Living out in the desert is tough. I think if they were to walk down my street many people would most likely stop in their tracks and start talking or laugh.

I just wonder how this can possibly be comfortable?? I'm big on tattoos........the extreme thngs are extreme choices and there are accountabilities with them.If one has horn implants,of course people will look at wal Mart when your shopping,wouldnt you?

the more traditional style for African tribes , lip plates , cutting of the skin adding ashes from a fire ...

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