Thursday, 24 May 2018
‘Transhumanist’ has gone through hundreds of body modifications to evolve with technology and time
A man who identifies as a "transhumanist" has had more than 100 modifications done to his body so as to "evolve with technology and time". Russ Foxx became fascinated by aesthetic manipulation when he had his ears pierced at age 5. By age 18, he had more than 50 piercings in his face, leading to the nickname "tackle box". Now, Russ has had even more body modifications, including electrical key fobs fitted into his hands to unlock his door, scarification on his head, ultraviolet tattoos covering his face, implanted silicon scarab beetle on his hand, and horns implanted in his head.
He now works as a body modification artist, giving clients forked snake tongues, ultraviolet tattoos, and pointed ears. He’s his own walking advert for the massive range of body modifications he can perform.
If there is anything I truly own, it’s my body. I view modifications as the art and my body is the canvas. I define myself as a transhumanist – I evolve with technology and time.
I’m always updating; always upgrading. Since becoming an adult, I find myself gravitating towards more functional modifications that enhance my natural abilities – such as unlocking my front door with an device I’ve had surgically implanted in my hand.
Though occasionally I undergo modifications just for aesthetic reasons.
Russ is currently working on upgrading the casted silicone horns he had fitted into his head to "lead the shallow and judgmental away". He added that he wants to make sure that people who fancy body modification get it done safely, which is why he began working as a body modification artist.
I started modifying with ear piercings at the age of five soon leading into brightly colored hair. I’m not forcing anyone to like the modifications and I encourage people to ask questions if they’re intrigued.
If you want to ask a modified individual questions, you should always take the same consideration that you would when approaching anybody else in public. Whether its tattoos, piercings or advanced body modifications, do not choose the cheap option. You only get one body, and your health is of the upmost importance.