Why dress up as a vampire for Halloween when you can be one all year 'round? What about a lizard man? Or a ... a bagelhead? All this, and more, is possible thanks to hardcore body modification. And for the 26th of our 31 Days of Halloween posts, we've got 9 of the spookiest ones ever.
Body modification is just that: altering your body. Many of you have already done it by piercing your ears. But others take it much, much farther than that. We're talking all-over body tattoos, titanium implants, piercings in places that most people never see. And then there's the stretching and bifurcating. (Use your imagination.)
It's a matter of personal taste, but some body art can be ... unsettling, especially when the wearer takes an alteration to the extreme. It's kind of like the uncanny valley problem—in which someone looks disturbingly not quite human—but with actual people instead of robots.
Warning: This gallery of some of the creepier modifications isn't for the squeamish.
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