The after shots of a body modification procedure have gone viral this week, and now the world is learning what a “conch removal” is. This is a rare body modification procedure which involves the removal of the skin on the inside of the ear, known as the concha.
The body modification artist who did the procedure is Chai Maibert, and his social media pages were inundated with questions after he posted a photo of his clients ears.
“Fresh #conchremoval on @charlesvbentley who traveled around the world from Australia to have this procedure performed by me at @calmbodymodification. Truly humbled!,” Maibert said on his Instagram and Facebook pages.
Some critics on social media suggested that this procedure would make the client go deaf, but Mailbert set them straight
‘To get some facts straight note that this procedure doesn’t make you deaf. It might impair your ability to hear the direction of sound for the first week or two until your mind has adjusted to your new ears. Hearing from behind will in fact improve. Our ears doesn’t “catch” sound as it did eons of years ago when our ears were bigger hence why we have to create a bigger “ear” by cupping our hand around our ear to hear better,” Mailbert explained.
Maibert owns a popular body modification studio in Stockholm called CALM, and is known around the world for its work and professionalism.
“In every group of humans in known and recorded history, there have been members who modified their bodies. The reasons behind their choices vary widely, even within a single society In many cultures around the world, social status, group affiliations, and wealth are advertised with jewelry and adornments; in others, deeper meanings are behind the punctures, scars, and tattoos they wear,” a report from Lightspeed Magazine indicated.
“In certain African cultures, for instance, rites of passage successfully completed are denoted by scarrings all over the face and body, painfully administered by the practiced hand of an elder or religious leader, the discomfort bravely endured by the new initiate, and the marks worn proudly ever after,” the report continues.
This case wasn’t the only extreme body modification procedure to make headlines this month. Just a week ago, it was reported that a 24-year-old woman named Amber Luke spent over $15,000 on multiple body modification procedures. She is now called the “Blue Eyed White Dragon” and she revealed the following stunning photo to show her transformation.
Amber says that her transformation helped save her from a life of depression.
“Back when I was 14, I didn’t know who I was or what I wanted from life. I was catatonic and couldn’t see what was best for me. I was naive. But I now have a backbone, and I can stand up for what I believe in. I also have the confidence to look how ever I want too. It wasn’t until I turned 16, I was finally able to find an outlet that released all my negative energy,” she explained.
Body modification of all kinds seems to be an outlet for many people, but in some areas, like the UK the law is cracking down on the professionals who carry out these procedures.
According to the BBC, “A body modification artist facing jail for performing major procedures has called for a change in the law to make sure others know where they stand. Brendan McCarthy, also known as Dr. Evil, carried out consensual procedures including tongue splitting, ear reshaping, and nipple removal. Last month, he admitted three counts of grievous bodily harm and is due to be sentenced on 21 March. It is believed to be the first ever prosecution over body modification in the UK. Wolverhampton City Council, which brought the case, is also asking for legislation to be introduced to regulate the industry, similar to that which covers cosmetic surgery.”
Many body modification enthusiasts are upset about the prospect of new laws, but experts say that regulation is necessary, and that body modification artists have managed to slip under the radar, while cosmetic surgeons need to go through rigorous training and regulation.
What do you think? Would you ever get a body modification? If so would you get the inside of your ears taken out?
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