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Man cuts off ears and half his nose to look like a 'living skull'

Apparently, just tattooing himself isn't permanent enough of a body modification to this eccentric tattoo artist.

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'Kalaca Skull', a 22-year-old young man, whose real name is Eric Yeiner Hincapié Ramírez, is a tattoo artist from Colombia.

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Claiming that he had been fascinated with skulls and skeletons from a young age, he had countless tattoos done on himself, including painful tattoos on his head. However, he didn't stop there.

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After his mother, who had previously disapproved of any extreme bodily modifications, passed away, he underwent several gruesome procedures to achieve what he deems as 'skull-like' features, such as surgically removing half his nose and mutilating his earlobes.'

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Additionally, he cut his tongue in half and tattooed it a dark-blue colour, and had black eye-sockets tattooed around his eyes.

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When interview by a local Colombian web reporter, he explained that one of his reasons for transforming himself into looking like a skull was because it is an appearance that "we all share underneath our skin and in death."

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When asked about how society disapproves of his extreme bodily alterations, he says, "Body modifications are a personal decision and should not be judged.

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"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.

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"I am a normal person who just happens to look a lot different than most other people," he adds.

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"It's like a different way of thinking, of dressing, a different style of music. I just feel good the way I am."