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The Up Close and Personal Issue

A Breakdown of Extreme Body Modification

This month's infographic explores the process of body modification.

The art of tattooing has been around for thousands of years, and we all know at least one person who has one or more tattoos. But what about the more unusual forms of body modication that involve cutting and shaping the body? Traditional tribal practices such as scarication and earlobe stretching have become a part of our culture and can occasionally be seen on the streets. So keep your eyes peeled. As the weather warms up and more skin is revealed, you may catch a glimpse of some of these body mods on display.


This article appeared in the May issue of VICE magazine. Click HERE to subscribe.