Extreme Body Art

These people have a high pain threshold - their bodies are covered with tattoos and piercings. Ouch!

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    May 2003: John Kamikaze reenacts a scene from "The Water Babies," a children's book by the late Reverend Charles Kinsley, as he lays suspended from meat hooks piercing through the skin on his back and legs in the window of the Selfridges department store on London's Oxford Street.
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    November 2000: A man from Germany whose body is covered with tattoos, looks at photographers at the Sixth Artline Tattoo Festival in Bruges, northern Belgium.
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    Spoon Tongue

    November 2003: Brazilian Elaine Davidson, who holds the Guinness World Record for being the woman with the greatest number of body piercings, pokes a teaspoon through her tongue at the Tate Modern Art Gallery in London.
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    Face Piercing

    Davidson poses for a photograph in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland showing off some of her 6,005 piercings.
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    Spike Head

    A man, with spikes coming out of his head, poses during the international tattoo convention "Moscow Tattoo Expo 2008" in Moscow. 
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    Lizard Man

    Erik Sprague is a performance artist who appears in sideshows as the Lizard Man. On his website he said he's undergone an estimated 650-700 hours of tattooing. He's had five Teflon horns implanted above each of his eyes and four of his teeth have been filed into sharp fangs. 
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    Lizard Man 2

    Sprague poses during 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium' grand opening in Times Square in New York City. His tongue has also been bifurcated.
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    Lady Tattoo

    June 2001: Isobel Varley displays her tattoos during the opening day of the IV International Tattoo festival in Madrid. She started getting tattoos in 1986 and regularly got tattooed until she had a full body suit in 1997.
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    Bra Tattoo

    Varley displays her tattoos during the opening day of the IV International Tattoo festival in Madrid.
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    Eyebrow Piercing

    December 2007: A 48-year-old computer specialist presents 126 face piercings during his visit to the '17th International Tattoo Convention' in Berlin.
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    Cat Man

    June 2007: Dennis Avner, also known as the Cat Man, poses during 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium' grand opening in Times Square in New York City.
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    Eye Tattoo 2

    A Portland, Ore., man who is known for having more than 98 percent of his body covered in tattoos, has injected ink into both of his eyes — by himself, KPTV.com reported. Matt Gone claims he was born with birth defects that inspired him to hide them using tattoos. He began tattooing his body 20 years ago, and is best known for the checker pattern on his face and chest. "I picked the checker pattern because nobody had done it," Gone said. Gone tattooed his own eyes with two different colors, blue and green. "I never really knew how far I would ever go, and [tattooing my eyes] is about as far as you can go," Gone said.
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