Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or in this instance, beauty is is only skin deep. Whether it's fitting-in or standing-out you're concerned about, Subdermal Implants or Doughnut Head might be the option for you.
Tattoos and piercings are so passé, while nose jobs and breast implants are also rather cliché. If normal isn't for you, why not give body modification a chance. Sure you thought pierced and sliced tongues were bad, but they have nothing on the Japanese fashion trend of Doughnut-ing. Although pioneered in North America, the trend has become an underground sensation at Japanese fetish parties. Approximately 400 cc of medical-grade saline inserted into the forehead over the course of a few hours, which results in a bagel like formation, complete with a hole in your head. Luckily you don't have to commit to the look since the saline dissipates in a day. Now if you've ever considered a hospital saline drip as a solution to your raging hang-over, Bagel Brain might serve you well. Now try this every weekend, and your eyebrows might become your eyelids.
If you're seeking a more permanent approach for creating a stir, Subdermal Implants (3-D implant, or pocketing) are you're ticket. Surgery has never felt better, when you shove a bit of rubber just under the skin. Some practitioners create their own decals, while others just mold together some old bathroom caulking. Since this field is completely unregulated, most insurances don't participate, however for a mere $1000 you can coax a stranger into shoving a silicone star-studded skull onto the top of your sternum. Sure you might prefer a fake ear on your elbow or devil horns, where at first it might seem cool to look like a reindeer or a centaur, but one day that might change. Risks included unlicensed surgeons, infection, and your body's own natural rejection. But perhaps you're more interested in switching professions like the Lizard Man and if that is the case nobody should stifle your creativity. So give it a shot, shove a golf ball into your chin flaps and fill your arm wings with marbles.
In all honesty what is the difference between this and breast implants and circumcision? They're superficial yet society has fully embraced some rather than others. Surgery itself is beyond nauseating (especially if you've undergone some serious shit), but no pain no gain, right? Just as the Church of Body Modification says in their mission statement; aim to practice body modification rituals with purpose, to unify mind, body, and soul, and to connect with a higher power.
100 Objects of Popular and Material Culture is an blog exploring the manifestations of human consumption and commodity-ization. The purpose of this experiment is to explore material and popular culture in contemporary society by using objects and concepts to prompt wider questions and reflections. So by emulating The British Museum's and Neil MacGregor's format of A History of the World in 100 Objects I plan to satirically analyze and reinterpreted 100 material culture objects over the course of 2014. Material Culture is the study of our culture's consumption of stuff; namely the manifestation of culture through material productions where people's perceptions of objects is socially and culturally dependent. With this, objects reflect conscious and unconscious beliefs on the the individuals who fabricated, purchased, or used them, and by extension the society where they live. So examining materiality, cultural truths and societal assumptions may be discovered. As anthropologist Arjun Appaduai states "in any society the individual is often caught between the cultural structure of commodity-ization and his own personal attempts to bring a value and order to the universe of things." Objects and commodities make up a much larger symbolic system consisting of want and need, socio-economic status, fashion, etc. Often times form follows function whether the commodity, market, and or consumer forever evolve around one-another. Philosopher Pierre Bourdieu's theories of capital flow full circle; where regardless if you are a minimalist or a hoarder the world is made up of things and everyone will leave their footprint on the earth. So by humorously analyzing marketed objects and concepts, hopefully this blog will provide further incite into ideas of over-consumption, a disposable society, consumerism vs. anti-consumers, planned obsolescence vs. sustainability, as well as the greater good of mankind and future generations.