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March 19, 2011
3:07 am
JC Alvarez
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Hello All!

Well this is going to start off really cheesy but I just saw the movie Beastly and I've been inspired of sorts. Long story short, the main character of the movie has all these nifty body modifications as part of a curse placed upon him. The movie itself was pretty good but what I am looking for is information about some of the modifications he had.

There is embeded metal within his face that comes out in a raised design. I'm wondering how that is done and what it might be called. I've been wanting to do something like that for years but wasn't sure if it was actually real or possible. So, if it is I'd like to know

There is also what looks to be open lacerations across various parts of his body, but they are actually permanent. I'm wondering if that is movie magic, or actually possible. Also, within these lacerations are metal fragments that I think are some form of staples embedded under the skin. This is really what had me inspired. I've always wanted to try something to that effect and I believe it would go well with my ideal self-image.

If anyone can give me some advice about any of these modifications it would be much appreciated.

March 21, 2011
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JMcCauley
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I haven't see the movie but I might now. Anyway, for the metal under the skin that shows a raised design, that sounds like a subdermal implant. What is done is a small incision is made just under the skin and a pocket is created. The jewelry is inserted into the pocket and the incision is then stitched up. Well, there is a bit more involved but thats the just of it. Jewelry can be variety of material. As for the lacerations, I think thats movie magic. When a cut heals, it in most cases will heal with scaring that will rise above the surface of the surrounding skin.

March 22, 2011
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Here's a photo of the movie character in question. Open lacerations like the one on his head are definitely movie magic. Like JMcCauley mentioned above, cuts just don't heal like that. As far as the metal on his forehead and nose, I've never seen anything quite like that. Is it possible? Is it practical? Two very different questions.

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March 22, 2011
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JC Alvarez
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I figured that the cuts were movie magic, though I had hopes. However I am pretty sure that the implanted metal on his forehead and bridge are possible. I've seen something similar in a documentary on body modifications in ancient warrior cultures. I have knowledge of one way of doing it, though it seems extreme. In the Persian era, warriors who were believed to be similar to Beserkers would have designs cut out of their skin then liquid metal was poured into the cuts to match the design. That is an extreme that I am wary of even considering. I am hoping there is another way that is safer and less painful. I've heard that that type of modification was present in other warrior cultures as well, just now how the modification was achieved in those instances.

March 23, 2011
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The bridge reminds me of the custom jewellery Samppa Von Cyborg tends to wear in his bridge piercing.

The forehead doesn't seem to have any entry or exit points into the skin, it's just stuck on. You could make something and stick it on i suppose, or maybe anchor it to something like  transdermals, but i agree it'd be impractical.

In my mispent youth i had a brief phase of cutting up bits of wire and gluing them to my forehead. Works surprisingly well as a temporary adornment!

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March 24, 2011
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@ Oakbear: I looked up the jewellery you mentioned and that does look like it could match what I'm thinking of. I'm going to see if I can find someplace to make a design similar to what I want as part of my own personal image. I just got my bridge pierced today, according to piercer I got a good enough shape to get 2 or 3 more bars in there over a 2 month period if I want. My plan is to get a piece of jewellery that will wither go through all the holes or attach to them somehow that will look how I want. Thanks for the spark!

Also any chance you could post a pic or something of what it looked like to glue the wire to your forehead? Just want to see if its similar to what I'm picturing.

March 25, 2011
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Pyro, this is in response to you getting your bridge done multiple times with interlocking jewelry. What you're going to want to do is get the other two done (or however many it is in your desire to have done at the time of completion for this modification). Then, once they are completely healed (wait at least 6 months to a year after the final piercing is done), have them precisely measured, measured to perfection. Measure the distance between them, the angles they might be at from one another, the lengths of the bars all exactly. Then try to get ahold of various metal-based jewelry companies, such as Anatometal, Modifika, and Reign Custom Design and see if they can take custom orders.

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March 27, 2011
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Haven't got any picturesi'm afraid. (It was before digital cameras were around, which makes me feel very old indeed!).

It really was as simple as cutting up bits of wire and staples, putting some glue on one side (i think the brand was UHU, but don't know if that's a brand name in the states), and sticking it on my head. I certainly thought it looked cool at the time, and it wasn't a million miles from the piccy. (Which looks like bits of latex glued to his head i think). You could just pull it off or it'd come off after a while (a few hours or overnight) from sweating, sebum being released and the skin regenerating.

 

James has a good point with professionally measured custom jewelerry for multiple interlocking piercings. Bridges can flare up sometimes anyway, so you want it to sit exactly right.

If you've not had a bridge before be aware some people don't seem to be able to heal them well. Not too sure why myself, but some seem to find it easy, others can't get them to settle.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
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