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Skull Implants and Body Modification Revisited: The Latest Internet Sensation


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Jason Traeger’s Skull Implants

Hey Everyone,

I know I’ve been away for a while, although I’m back to discuss something that has gained international recognition! Over the past few weeks, I have noticed photographs across the internet featuring extreme forms of body modification including silicone and subdermal implants. In 2012, I decided to write a blog post in regards to body modification and skull implants. I discovered a photograph through the internet featuring at least two skull implants that were inserted into the back of a person’s hand. At first, I was quite shocked and the thought of having these silicone objects inserted beneath the skin just sounds excruciating to say the least.

It has been quite difficult to find the name of the person, although there are other sources on the Internet that relate these skull implants to Jason Traeger, although there is limited information in regards to this particular image. In my previous post, I also discovered a photograph of a person with a skull implanted into the front of his chest.

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Implants by Steve Haworth in Samppa Von Cyborg’s Chest –  Shannon Larratt, BME

I honestly find the stitches quite disturbing and the skull does appear sinister; I have noticed that this particular implant has become an area of interest and the photograph has circulated across the internet including blogs as well as other social media sites. I decided to take a closer look at the implants and to my surprise, I have realised that the skull is place inside a cross, I have never noticed this before!

According to Shannon Larratt from BME, these implants were created by Steve Haworth who has inserted them into the chest of Samppa Von Cyborg, a Finnish artist whose work specialises in body modification. In reference to Cyborg’s Facebook page, the artist currently works within within the UK as well as other countries around the world.

Larratt’s other article explores transdermal implants that were introduced by Steve Hayworth who is renowned for his extreme body modifications including the “metal mohawk.” This is pretty extreme, as Cyborg has metal studs inserted into the very top of his head, although I won’t go into too much detail for the moment.

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Samppa Von Cyborg – Chest Implants, BME – Tumblr 

Larratt has also displayed another skull implant on the BME Mod Blog that was inserted the back of a person’s hand, I’m not entirely sure if this particular implant belongs to Cyborg himself or whether this implant was performed on someone else. This is personally my favourite one compared to the others and the patterns do create a very interesting effect. I must admit, the implant reminds me of Edvard Munch’s Scream painting, however I have noticed that there are images displayed on the internet featuring skull implants that are placed onto the back of a person’s hands.

This appears to be quite to be quite a popular trend at the moment and I have wondered why these implants are inserted into the hand? Is this just a popular part of the body for implants? I’m not just talking about skulls either, people have  inserted crosses, love hearts, stars and even flowers. I mean these implants are inserted in various parts of the body, although I have noticed that the skull implants in particular do appear to be placed on the back of the hand.

I also discovered Cyborg’s Tumblr page with all these skull implants, however I’m not too sure whether Cyborg has inserted these implants for a client or whether these implants are inserted into Cyborg’s own body. Anyway I would recommend visiting the Tumblr page if you’re interested in skull implants or body modification.

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Samppa Von Cyborg & BME – Skull Implants in Hand

Over the past couple of years, I have noticed that my article relating to body modification and skull implants has received the highest number of views compared to any of my other posts. WordPress displays the figures for each individual post by week, month and year; the statistics have provided some very useful information.

The post has received at least 7,367 views of all time, this is significantly higher compared to my previous post relating to Kermit Tereso that received 4,989 views and My Chemical Romance that received 2,680 views. I decided to investigate the statistics in further detail in order to determine whether these implants have increased in popularity. In 2013, the post relating to skull implants and body modification received 2,202 views and this has increased in 2014 to 5,164 views. This particular form of modification has become a very popular subject that has attracted attention from Internet users worldwide.

After viewing these statistics, I began to wonder why these skull implants are so popular? I’ve received comments asking why these artists have decided have these implants inserted into their bodies and it would be interesting to find out! I suppose people are interested in something that is considered as strange or unusual. I must admit, I am particularly fascinated by the skull implants, however I am slightly perturbed at the thought of having these foreign objects placed beneath the skin. I haven’t seen anything like this before, the shape and the size of the implants are disturbing yet interesting at the same time.
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Hand Implants by Samppa Von Cyborg 

After writing my first post about the skull implants back in 2012, I believe my thoughts and perspectives have changed. When I viewed these images for the first time, I was immediately horrified, even repulsed at the mere sight of these implants. I have now viewed these images several times and I’m interested to learn more about them. I wouldn’t personally get one myself, however I’m intrigued to find out whether the skull has become a popular image  in regards to body modification.

I remember watching a television program on ABC known as Bodyshockers featuring Katie Piper who interviews a range of people with tattoos, piercings and surgical operations including body modifications. Piper meets people who regret their decisions and those who can’t wait to get their latest tattoo or operation.

In the fourth episode, Piper interviews Scott who decides to get a skull implant inserted beneath his tattoo. Scott expresses his interest in skulls and his desire to provide his skull tattoo with a ‘three dimensional effect’. The episode reveals the procedure and Scott’s arm is sliced open in order to insert the implant, I must admit this section was quite hard to watch. The show definitely provides insight in regards to tattoos and extreme forms of body modification.

The skull implants have generated interest amongst the public and it would be interesting to investigate this particular area in further detail. The statistics have identified that my previous post relating to skull implants has become a popular subject over the past couple of years and the photographs has captivated audiences internationally.

So why are these implants popular and why are people interested in them? At the moment I’m still searching for an answer, as there are so many unexplained reasons as to why these implants have attracted such a a large audience.  I’m hoping this post with answer some of these questions and I’m hoping the subject will generate some discussion, please feel free to leave a comment I would love to hear your thoughts or opinions. For more information, please visit the links listed below.

References

Shannon Larratt, “More 3D Skull Implants”, Aug 31 2012, BME Mod Blog, http://news.bme.com/2012/08/31/more-3d-skull-implants/

Shannon Larratt, “The Transdermal Implants of Samppa Von Cyborg”, July 27 2012, BME Mod Blog, http://news.bme.com/2012/07/27/the-transdermal-implants-of-samppa-von-cyborg/

Shannon Larratt, “Full Ear Reshaping by Samppa”, Oct 4 2012, BME Mod blog, http://news.bme.com/tag/3d-implants/page/3/

Samppa Von Cyborg, Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samppa-Von-Cyborg/127644570656037

Samppa Von Cyborg, Official Website, http://voncyb.org/#

Samppa Von Cyborg, Tumblr Page, Chest Implants, http://samppavoncyborg.tumblr.com/post/57625369164/samppavoncyborg-anetavoncyborg-skull-3d

Samppa Von Cyborg – Skull Implants / Hand, http://www.tattoodonkey.com/samppa-von-tattoos/2/

Scott in Katie Piper’s, Bodyshockers, “My Big Boob Hell: Episode 4”, ABC, 4/6/14

ABC, “Bodyshockers: My Big Boob Hell” 4/6/14, http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/bodyshockers/

Channel 4, “Bodyshockers”, http://www.channel4.com/programmes/bodyshockers/episode-guide


2013 Annual Report for the Skulls Project

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Hey There,

I hope everyone had a great christmas and a happy new year! So I have recently discovered that WordPress has compiled a 2013 annual report for the Skulls Project that I did find particularly interesting. The report highlights specific blog posts in 2013 that were extremely popular, in fact there is a one to five ranking with Kemit Tesoro at the very top, followed by skull implants / extreme body modification.

The site also displays the most popular search terms as well as the top five websites in 2013 that have referred visitors to the Skulls Project. It’s rather interesting to view all the latest styles and trends in 2013, the skull in contemporary fashion does appear to be one of the most popular search items!

So I did find fascinating was this one particular comment on the annual report that I have included below…

“The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 53,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many people to see it” – WordPress

It’s great to see the Skulls Project expanding and I would like to thank all the followers, visitors, family and friends for their ongoing support. So now it’s the start of 2014 and I am currently planning upcoming projects and articles in order to discover how the skull has influenced contemporary art and popular culture.

Sean and myself are working together in order to create a business from Black Calavera, we even have a brand new website that displays a small collection of our work.

If you would like to view the annual report please click on the link below, stay tuned for future updates.

– Black Calavera

http://blackcalavera.com/

Click here to see the complete report.


Entry into the 2013 Kodak Salon

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Photograph by Charlotte Pridding, 2013

This year, I submitted one of my photographs into the Kodak Salon, a photographic competition that is exhibited at the Centre of Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, Fitzory. The Kodak Salon encourages a range of photographers to submit their own work into this annual competition, the photographic prints are exhibited at the CCP gallery for at least three to four weeks.1

The Kodak Salon is based in Australia and there are twenty different awards across various disciplines. According to the official CCP website, the Kodak Salon is inspired by a particular style used in Paris during the 1800’s, many galleries and exhibitions in France would display the artworks across the wall from top to bottom.2

There were some amazing photographs on display and there were a few artists that have incorporated the skull into their own work. I decided to submit a print I had produced at the very start of this year, the title of the work ‘reassurance’ features a photograph of myself at the beach with a skull painted onto my face.

The photo was inspired by my Honours research project that explored the growing interest in the skull within Melbourne’s urban / street culture. I started to develop an interest for the Mexican sugar skulls that I discovered in many bars, restaurants, shops and galleries across Melbourne. These colourful and decorative ornaments inspired me to create a series of black and white self portraits that depict my own personal perspectives of the Mexican sugar skulls that are commonly associated with the Day of the Dead Festival.

Once I completed my degree, I continued taking photographs of myself in various locations in order to discover my own interpretations of death and the depiction of the skull in the contemporary visual culture. I’m still searching for a specific answer, which has been rather difficult as my own personal interpretations do change on a daily basis.

I decided to enter the photograph of myself at the beach that questions what happens after death, what happens when the human body deteriorates? Does everything suddenly turn to darkness or do we move from the living world to a completely different place? It’s really hard to tell as there isn’t one definite answer, how can we define death if we have never experienced it before?

Of course everyone has their own interpretations, I’m hoping these photographs will hopefully provide the answers to all of my questions.  So that pretty much summarises everything at the moment, I’m currently working on another project at the moment that I would love to share to you all once I’ve completed everything, so stay tuned! 🙂

If you would like any further information please click on the links below.

http://www.ccp.org.au/

http://www.ccp.org.au/kodak_salon_faq.php

Other Links

http://blackcalavera.com/

https://skullsproject.wordpress.com/about/