While there is plenty of crossover between the two subcultures, it's important to recognize the distinctive differences between tattoo enthusiasts and body mods. Tattoo enthusiasts collect tattoos and primarily, they express their individuality through their skin. However, body mods often take their individuality to an entirely different level—investing in extreme surgeries that make them "beyond human." Take a look at the gallery below to meet a body mod whose gained attention in the media before for his radical appearance but has recently taken his transformation to the extreme.
Gabriel Archaniol, better known as Adam Curly Kale, is a 32-year-old body modification enthusiast from Kaliningrad, Russia. He's risen to infamy in the media because of his heavily tattooed body—which is almost entirely shaded in with black ink. Archaniol began getting heavily tattooed after winning his battle with cancer, which left him with significant blemishes and skin discoloration. In addition to shading in his skin black, he also has sclera tattoos and regularly bleaches his facial hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.
However, the Russian tattoo exhibitionist recently went through an even bigger transformation—this time going under the knife to become what Archaniol refers to as "nullo."
Nullo is a subculture within the extreme body modification community where men with phalluses surgically remove their genitals. Being nullo is not comparable to being transgender and having sexual reassignment surgery, as nullos desire being completely gender neutral and without genitals. There have been instances of women within the nullo community, in which a female will have her clitoris removed and her labia stitched up.
"People from the 'nullo' community don't want to have body parts like nipples, a belly button or genitals which determine if you're a man or a woman," explains Archaniol.
Archaniol identifies as agamic or asexual, however, he's quick to point out some of the misconceptions that come with his sexual orientation. Despite being asexual, he still has a normal sex drive and is in a relationship with a transgender woman named Veronica Carol Blades. Blades is also a body modification enthusiast, who has had several ribs removed, her eyeballs tattooed and is planning for many more surgeries in the near future.
Archaniol was quick to notify his growing online fanbase of the surgery and let his fans know that it was a success. He posted a series of photos with his crotch bandaged up and included a video emptying his own catheter bag on Instagram. He'd traveled to the Jardines Hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico to have the procedure done—thousands of miles away from his home.
In addition to removing his genitals that day, Archaniol also went through a much less severe surgery by having his nipples removed—to complete the nullification process. He attempted to show off his lack of genitals on social media, however, Instagram was quick to take down the original post. But, that doesn't mean that the newly nullo body mod won't end up on Reddit and we can truly see how his former package healed.
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