Body Art convention
The International Body Art convention was just held in the capital city of Brussels, in Belgium, and there was a great deal of shocking body modifications on display. Gone are the days of people getting simple ear piercings and small tattoos, with everything from devil horns to silver teeth featuring at the event.
One such attendee was the German body art aficionado Rolf Buchholz. With 480 piercings, he’s extreme even by the convention’s standards. He has more body modifications too -he even has devil horns in his forehead, and tattooed eyeballs.
Getting your eyeballs tattooed is a risky practice, with reports of people temporarily going blind after having it done. But such concerns are no worry for body modification fans like Buchholz – when you can hold the record as the world’s most pierced man, there are risks that you’ll have to take.
A huge 94 of Buchholz’s piercings are around his mouth and lips, which heavily contributes to his somewhat unconventional appearance. He says that it can be awkward when dealing with airport security sometimes – he was refused entry into the United Arab Emirates back in 2014, and was escorted back to the plane after being told that he looked as if he was into ‘black magic’.
At the body art convention, there are a number of prizes to give away for those with body modifications, with categories such as ‘Best Graphic’ and ‘Best Healed’, and tattoo artists come to Brussels from across the world to show off their talent, as lots of event-goers sport full-body tattoos, facial tattoos and other unconventional ink in unconventional places.
As you might expect, Buccholz has plenty of ink, with almost his entire body tattooed, including his full torso. However, he’s not close to the most pierced individual in the world. That accolade goes to Brazilian-born Elaine Davidson, who is reported to have almost 7,000 piercings across her body.
Outside of the convention, even celebrities like Miley Cyrus are getting crazy tattoos. Meanwhile, some people go for scarification tattoos, which might even be more extreme than the tattoos sported by aficionados like Rolf Buchholz. What do you think about these body modifications? Let us know!