Tattoos and piercings can be a rite of passage for many young people. Ear and nose piercings and small discreet inking’s are widely accepted by most, however, new and more extreme trends are emerging which aren’t so easily hidden or reversed and they aren’t just reserved for the teenagers any more.
People of all ages are embarking upon their own body modification journeys. This may be for aesthetic purposes, shock value, personal identity or belief. Whatever the reason is, there is no doubt that some of the outcomes are truly shocking.
In this series of Bodyshockers, Katie Piper meets people who intend to undergo some form of body modification however, she will also meet a selection of people who regret theirs and want to reverse them.
We take a look at some of the modifications that are trending at the moment:
Tongue bifurcation, splitting or forking, is a type of body modification in which the tongue is cut centrally from its tip to as far back as the underside base, forking the end. After the tongue is split and the sides healed, control over the individual sides can be gained with practice. The reason for having this can range from increased sensation to novelty to identification within a specific group.
Although tattoos have become more mainstream, the one remaining ‘tattoo taboo’ area seems to be the face. Many tattooists will attempt to deter the would-be recipient and most would refuse if the person has no other ‘ink.’ Celebrities such as Kat Von D and Mike Tyson have made this a more popular choice of tattoo with many people opting to get exact replicas of their famous inking’s.
Heart Shaped Nipple Tattoos
Nipple tattooing, or ‘tittooing’ as it’s more commonly known is a cosmetic treatment used to darken, enlarge and define the nipples and the surrounding areola so that they appear more prominent, symmetrical and ‘sexy’. Many recipients like to have their ink applied in the shape of a heart.
A subdermal implant is a type of body jewellery that is placed underneath the skin, therefore allowing the body to heal over the implant and creating a raised design. Many people who have subdermal implants use them in conjunction with other types of body modification to create a desired, dramatic effect. An example of a subdermal implant is cone shaped jewellery inserted into the forehead to resemble horns.
Stretching is the deliberate expansion of a healed piercing for the purpose of wearing certain types of jewellery. Although it’s most commonly seen in the earlobes; areas such as the nose, nasal septum and even the cheeks are now becoming more popular. This can become a permanent form of body modification if the piercing is stretched beyond 10mm, the ‘point of no return,’ surgery is then required if the person requires a reversal.
Bodyshockers will be airing on Channel 4 and 4oD from tonight at 10pm.