Sat, 18 May 2013 14:10 CDT
Yeah, your trad demon-eating snake tattoo is really edgy and all, but if you're looking to take your body art to the next level
, why not ditch the black ink and use hypertrophic scar tissue instead? Apparently, slicing your skin into bloody tattoos is totally a thing now
, and you can go get your very own "I Love Mom" heart made out of your own mutilated skin in (where else?) Williamsburg.
Called "scarification," the practice has deep roots in ancient tribal arts
, but it feels creepier now that it's headed West. Having said that, it's certainly an art form: just check out the scar work done by Brooklyn resident Brian Decker, who runs Pure Body Arts
in Williamsburg. He's been cutting elaborate symbols, designs and seahorses
into people's skin for the past thirteen years, and told DNAinfo
the practice has become more popular over the years. "People started to implement the ideas of tattoo reference to the design, which made them more extravagant, more detailed," he said. "You were able to build much more beautiful designs, which I'm sure caught more people's eyes."
Then again, some people just think scar tattoos do a nice job highlighting their Alice in Chains Hot Topic tees: "Someone who is freshly 18 probably relishes the idea of someone being repulsed by that," Chris Beierschmitt, who works at Pure Body Arts, told DNAinfo of the practice. But is a scar tattoo really any more frightening in theory than shooting possibly cancerous black ink
into your skin? Even if that ink is shaped like Rex Ryan's wife?
Plus, scar tattoos are great for sending scary messages to time-traveling law breakers