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Humanimals - Extreme Plastic Surgery & Body Modification

By December 27, 2008

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That's right, I said "Humanimals". I just saw a TV show about people who use plastic surgery and other forms of body modification (cutting/scarring, branding, and extreme tattooing) in order to make themselves look like a specific species of animal. Apparently, some of these people believe that they are akin to a "coyote living in a man's body", and seek out ways to make the outside match what they feel is on the inside -- namely, the spirit of a certain animal.

The ways they achieve this goal are varied - from having a leopard's spots tattooed all over their bodies, to shaving off their eyebrows, to bisecting their tongues, to various methods of scarring (burning, cutting, etc.) to having noses reshaped and eyes lifted to appear more catlike.

I remember seeing something like this on an episode of Nip/Tuck, and of course, I've seen many photos of Jocelyn Wildenstein (recently featured here in my blog), who it appears was going for the "lady cat" look...but I guess I really still thought this sort of thing was mostly science-fiction. I guess I also thought that a person would be hard-pressed to find a surgeon willing to indulge this particular type of request. I stand corrected.

Oh, and by the way, if your leopard spot (or tiger stripe, or lizard scale) tattoos start to seem like a mistake a few years (or hours) down the road, check out this article on laser tattoo removal and this laser tattoo removal photo gallery.
Comments
February 23, 2009 at 7:46 pm
(1) Debbie says:

I recently saw an episode on Weird, Freaky and True that included people who believe they are a particular animal inside, yet they are human. Or else they closely identify with an animal of their interest. It was particularly interesting to me, and I ask if it might be possible that through an individual’s spiritual journey they did infact live as the animal at some other time that they are trying to personify in their human form? The soul never dies, and I believe animals have souls as well as humans, so why would it not be possible for a soul to live at times as an animal, or for an animal’s soul to at times live as a human? Anything is possible.

December 10, 2009 at 10:58 am
(2) creerlogyRone says:

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