Eyeball “tattooing” : The injection of ink into the eye, generally to change the colour of the whites of the eyes, but also used to colour the cornea. Corneal tattooing has been practiced medically for many years, but the practice of dying the eye for aesthetic purposes is relatively new.
Sub-dermal implants : Sub-dermal implants involve placing three-dimensional moulds, usually made of PTFE or silicon, under the skin. While these are not exactly new, a recent surge in popularity have put them front and centre in the “extreme mod” debate.
UV/Blacklight tattoos : Tattoos done with ink that is only visible under blacklights. The controversy stems from what is in the ink, and how safe injecting it into your skin is. There are many different opinions on it, and very little research, making it a hot topic among both potential clients and tattoo artists.
Dermal punching & scalpelling : As stretching one’s ears becomes more common, faster and arguably more efficient methods are in high demand. Two such methods are dermal punching and scalpelling, both of which allow for a much larger hole to be made immediately. The drawbacks, however, have many questioning these methods. A dermal punch actually removes tissue, rather than stretching it, which makes it a semi-permanent or permanent mod. Scalpelling, likewise, can be harder to heal and create a lot of scar tissue.
As with any mod, there will be those who champion any new and artistic innovations, while others will hold back, waiting for more information, and expressing concerns regarding safety. Both sides are necessary for the industry and art-form to move forward. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on these mods and more!