Forget tattoos. They are too mainstream and were weird back in the day. Think tongue splitting, anal stretching, subdermal implants, lip sewing, corset piercing, tooth filing and subincision as other types of body modification. Sound weird right? Well they are. In essence, a body modification is any procedure that deliberately changes your physical appearance. It is done for various reasons including aesthetics, sexual enhancement, and as a rite of passage. Other people also undergo body modifications to create body art or for pure shock value. Some of these body modifications are weird.
Examples include tongue splitting. Just as the name suggests, tongue splitting involves cutting your tongue in half. Another example of a weird body modification is eyeball tattooing. With this body modification, a dyeing agent is inserted into your cornea using a needle. If you thought that was painful, wait until you read the next example – Subincision. Subincision involves slitting open the urethra of the penis. Other weird examples include lip sewing, eye sewing and scarification. Lip sewing involves sewing your lips shut with pieces of string while eye sewing involves pretty much the same procedure but for your eyes.
Both lip sewing and eye sewing can be used for medical purposes. Scarification is also another weird procedure. It involves permanently changing the skin by smoldering, scratching or etching words or pictures on it. It sounds painful, and it is. This list looks at the weirdest body modifications you will ever come across.
Here are the 16 weirdest body modifications for your reading pleasure:
16 Tongue Splitting
This modification involves cutting the tongue into two to end up with a tongue that resembles that of a snake. The most popular tongue splitting method includes cutting with a scalpel. You can opt to cut it yourself but you can also see an oral surgeon to do it for you. The cut edges are then sewn thereby preventing the sides from healing back to each other. The tongue is then cauterized to close off blood vessels. When done correctly, the tongue generally heals in 1–2 weeks. People generally get their tongues split to enhance the kissing sensation while others do it as a challenge.
Pearling is also called genital beading. It involves permanently placing small beads under the genitals. For women, the beads are inserted underneath the labia. For men, the beads are placed beneath the shaft of the penis. This procedure has two main purposes. The first is to enhance sexual stimulation while the second is to improve the aesthetic appearance of the private parts. It mainly involves two steps. The first one is similar to a frenum piercing. The second one is akin to inserting a subdermal implant. These procedures are generally safe but the incredible flow of blood to the private parts can prevent timely healing.
14 Body Piercing
This type of body modification involves perforating a part of the body and inserting jewelry. This practice has been observed since ancient times all over the globe. Body piercing includes the common nose and ear piercing. However, it also includes bizarre piercings such as nipple, navel, genital and tongue piercing. Elaine Davidson holds the record as the Most Pierced Woman with over 4,225 piercings all over her body. On the other hand, Luis Antonio Agüero is the most pierced man. Brent Moffat set a record for the most piercings in one session, getting 700 piercings in seven hours.
13 Eyeball Tattooing
Also called corneal tattooing, this modification involves tattooing the cornea. The main reason people undergo eyeball tattooing is to change the appearance of their eye cosmetically. Sometimes, it is also used to improve the sight of the eye. It has been in existence for almost 2000 years. During the procedure a physician uses a needle to insert the dyeing agent into the cornea. Many inks are used for the procedure but India ink is the most commonly used. Other inks include distinct organic dyes and uveal pigment from animal eyes.
12 Extraocular Implants
We’re not done with the eyes yet. Extraocular implanting involves inserting a tiny piece of decorative jewelry into the eye’s conjunctiva. This practice originated from Netherlands in 2002. It was invented under the name JewelEye by the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery. Although legal in the Netherlands, many other countries have passed laws banning it. The procedure can only be done in a medical clinic environment. Currently, Hippocratech b.v. is the only authorized supplier of these implants. They are made from Platinum and come in distinct shapes such as the heart (as seen in the image), the Euro sign and the star.
11 Subdermal Implants
Want to create a dramatic look? Try subdermal implanting. Subdermal implanting involves placing implants beneath the skin to create a raised look. Most implants are made from silicone. This procedure dates back to 1994 when Steve Haworth had a Eureka moment. A woman came into his shop and asked for a bracelet. Steve then thought of injecting implants into the woman to give her the permanent bracelet look. Subdermal implants are used for both cosmetic and medical purposes. The Church of Body Modification maintains that there are two types of subdermal implants. These are true subdermal implants, which are completely buried in the skin, and transdermal implants, which are placed partly under the skin.
Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery modification that involves altering or removing the inner and outer labia of a woman’s vagina. Women who result to this procedure usually have congenital conditions such as a malformed uterus. Others just want to have a different looking vulva. The procedure includes risks such as permanent nerve damage, scarring and infections. The risks also double seeing as the industry is largely unregulated. There are several procedures for carrying out labiaplasty. These include the edge resection technique, the laser labiaplasty technique, the central wedge resection technique, the labiaplasty with clitoral unhooding, and labiaplasty by de-epithelialization procedures.
Subincision involves slitting open the urethra of the penis. The penis is first incised and then the urethra is cut open. It is performed traditionally in countries in Australia, Africa and South America. In Africa, the Samburu herdboys of Kenya perform subincision on themselves at the age of seven. After the procedure, a man cannot urinate while standing. He has to urinate sitting down. The procedure reduces the chances of a man impregnating a girl. It also increases his chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Subincision is also related to superincision, which involves cutting the top of the penis, and meatotomy, which involves ripping the underside of the glans.
8 Anal Stretching
Yes, it’s what you are thinking. Anal stretching involves inserting ‘jewelry’ on your bottom to stretch it. However, the jewelry is not worn full-time. The process is time consuming. People who willingly undertake it can achieve anal circumferences of 15 inches. It is mainly used by people who want to take their anal sex to the next level. Although bizarre, it doesn’t affect digestion or defecation. In one interview, a person said that watching porn was the main reason he modified his body this way. He noticed pornstars getting a lot of pleasure and started putting ‘things’ into his anus. He said it took him two years to be able to fit a wine bottle.
Think of human branding as livestock branding on the body of a human being. The procedure uses a hot or very cold iron. It was initially used to identify slaves. Nowadays, people use it for cosmetic purposes or as a rite of passage. The practice can be seen on the show The Beach when three friends are branded after becoming part of an island tribe. Planet of the Apes also includes branding scenes where the apes branded humans before enslaving them. Examples of human branding include Cold branding, Strike branding, Laser branding and Cautery branding, which is a little-known technique which uses a thermal cautery tool to cause burns.
6 Tooth Filing
Tooth filing involves manually sharpening your teeth. Initially, teeth were once filed for spiritual purposes. People from Bali used the practice since they believed teeth signified anger and jealousy. The Wapare people of Africa sharpened theirs to resemble animals. Nowadays, people undergo the weird procedure for aesthetic reasons. Horace Ridler underwent tooth filing among his many body modifications to perform in the circus. Ota Benga also had sharpened teeth. He was a pygmy from congo. Due to his sharp teeth, he was imported to a United States zoo in 1906. Benga is big in pop culture too. He inspired the character of Ngunda Oti in the motion picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Scarification involves permanently altering the skin by burning, scratching or etching words or pictures on it. There are many reasons why people engage in scarification. Some do it as a rite of passage while others undergo it as a hardening procedure. Some also cite religious and aesthetic reasons for the modification. However, this method does more harm than good to you. It causes damage and trauma to the skin and has a high risk of infection. However, some cultures use the procedure to treat diseases. The Dagomba people of Ghana use it to treat diseases such as pneumonia, convulsions, measles, and stomach pains.
Yaeba is a Japanese word meaning double tooth. It involves altering the upper canines to achieve a fang-like appearance. It is widely popular in Japan where it is considered a sign of youthfulness. As such, a high number of young people in the country are undergoing the procedure. Yaeba has also been used as a rite of passage. Some cultures have used the practice to signify the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The procedure costs about $500 for each tooth. Dentists affirm that Yaeba creates a sense of beauty exclusive to the Japanese. It is also one of the most sought after body modification procedures in Tokyo.
3 Lip Window
Don’t feel like smiling? Just give your teeth a lip window. This modification involves cutting a hole on your bottom lip and inserting a transparent substance for aesthetic reasons. The procedure starts as you would with an ear piercing. After the lower lip is pierced, the hole is then stretched over a period of time. After it gets big enough, the clear plastic plug is inserted. Just picture sitting in front of the person on the image while he is eating. Try it out if you want attention from everyone you meet. Weird!
2 Corset Piercing
Corset piercing involves piercing your back with laces to resemble a corset. It involves two symmetric rows of piercings that include as many piercings as you want. Due to the many risks involved, this body modification is usually temporary. However, some people have permanent corset piercings. In such a case, the bearer of the corset piercing must exercise extra caution to prevent the modification from being damaged by daily activities during healing. At this time, the laced are not placed until the piercings have healed. This prevents the pressure from the laces from ripping apart the rings from the body. The practice surfaced in the 90s and was linked to erotic behavior and fetish aesthetics.
1 Lip Sewing
Lip sewing is often seen as a ritualistic modification. Some people also do it for aesthetic purposes. Others use it during meditation to decrease the temptation of speaking. Detainees protesting visa application delays in Australia have also used it successfully. The procedure often involves sutures that are used to stitch the mouth together. Akin to lip sewing is eye sewing. As weird as it sounds, eye sewing can be beneficial. It can be used on patients with tearing and blinking impairments. This can be done to prevent the patient from suffering. Patients with Bell's Palsy, Myasthenia Gravis, Enophthalmos and the Sjögren's Syndrome may also require eye sewing.