A Columbian man who has always dreamed of looking like a skull has had excessive surgery including removing half his nose, mutilation of his ears and eyes tattooed in order to achieve his desired look.
Kalaca Skull, whose real name is Eric Yeiner Hincapié Ramírez, has been undergoing extreme surgical treatment in order to have the face of a skeleton.
The tattoo artist says he has always been fascinated by skulls, ever since he was a child. However, it wasn’t until the passing of his mother that he decided to actually disembark on the process of looking like a skull himself.
As she hadn’t approved of extreme body modification, Kalaca had respected her wishes whilst she was alive.
To start the process, Kalaca began by having surgery to remove the lower half of his nose, and the majority of his earlobes.
The 24-year-old then went on to have his tongue split and had it tattooed blue-grey. He also had large black eye-sockets tattooed around his eyes.
Kalaca Skull was the first person in Columbia to undergo the procedure of voluntarily having his nose and ears mutilated. This was a decision that garnered much media attention as well as a lot of criticism from the general public.
He has even revealed that he only uses local anaesthesia when going under the knife because he likes to remain awake throughout the procedures, apparently so he can “be as close as possible to death”.
Despite the criticism, Kalaca Skull embraced the comparisons to ‘scary’ cartoon characters and often posts memes made about him on his social media pages.
His Instagram account features pictures of him getting tattoos and posing with fans in the street. He has even offered to pose for Columbian newspapers who are interested in featuring him.
He told Rio Noticias website that one of the reasons he chose to make himself look like a skull is because it is a look we “all share underneath our skin and in death”.
He said: “Body modifications are a personal decision and should not be judged.
“It is like judging a woman for getting breast or buttock implants. For me, a skull is like my sister, a part of my family really, I feel very attached to them.”
Kalaca Skull says he has no regrets about his surgery, claiming it was a “dream come true” despite hitting the headlines across South America due to him saying his transformation into a ‘living skull’ was not yet complete.
Although Kalaca Skull loves his appearance, he is very aware that not everyone appreciates his unusual aesthetic. He admits he has made lots of people feel extremely uncomfortable and some have even crossed the street when seeing him, so they would not have to pass by so closely.
He added: “I am a normal person who just happens to look a lot different than most other people.
“It’s like a different way of thinking, of dressing, a different style of music. I just feel good the way I am.”
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