This website is aimed not only at promoting a business and the skills of Beyond Body Modification and the artist/s involved, but also to inform the general public about Body Art and related Practices. This is so that the general public may conceptualize and after contact with one of the artists, will have that concept manifested.
“Concreate Body Art” was and still is the continuation of a brand well known as “Wicked”. “Wicked” was synonymous with the skills of Master Piercer Eddie Graham, who was widely regarded as the best piercer and modification artist in South Africa at the time. Before Eddie passed away, he made sure that all he had learned and envisioned would be continued through his apprentice, Conrad Francis Feldman.
Eddie believed Conrad had the vision, co-ordination, and aptitude necessary to take the body modification industry to the next level. Which is not only to further and improve on standards and techniques, but more importantly to educate a nation. Breaking down negative stigmas associated with expression through body art.
It became evident to Conrad that the task at hand was too big for him to handle on his own, so he sought out the right people to help him. By rebranding and branching out into reputable studios across the country, Conrad believed he would have a greater reach and influence on the practice of body art in the country. Concreate Body Art is the Flagship and will always be at the core of Beyond Body Modification.
Body Art is and always will be an important means to self-expression and is one of the ways people can pay homage to themselves as individuals, by acknowledging their existence through aesthetic representation. Since tribal days, Body Art has been a way to mark one’s acceptance of one’s self, and in so doing, helping one to understand, accept and respect the individualism of ourselves and our fellow human beings.
The world at large seems to have forgotten this in its quest for civilization and has inadvertently turned us into savages who judge recklessly, without regard for an individual’s achievements and abilities.
“The Beyond Brand” will continue to offer the quality, creative and innovative Body Art and Jewellery, as did its predecessor “Wicked”. In so doing, breakdown the barriers in human understanding to the point of conscious enlightenment for all.
We invite you to tour this site and contact us so that we may set up lines of communication to co-create a more comfortable You.
It is to be noted that all piercings done through cartilage must be done with larger gauge needles than the gauge of the jewellery to follow. It is also helpful to twist the needle to remove the cartilage to reduce pressure from the cartilage on the jewellery. The use of a dermal punch to remove the cartilage for larger gauge piercings is recommended. Healing time for ear cartilage piercings can be anything from 6 to 12 months depending on aftercare.
Firstly it must be said that all oral piercings carry with them the risk of doing damage to the teeth and gums. This can happen by accidentally biting the jewellery or constant abrasion because of positioning, or playing with the jewellery against the teeth and gums.
Listed below are the most common Oral piercings with a short description, of which there are two main groups.
1) True oral piercings which are completely inside the mouth and,
2) Pseudo-Oral Piercings that travel from the Outside of the Mouth to the Inside of the Mouth.
GSS | GAUGING, STRETCHING & SCALPELING
Gauging and Stretching are merely terms used to describe the enlarging of a piercing to increase its internal diameter to be able to wear larger more prominent jewellery. This procedure can be done to most piercings with special care taken when dealing with cartilage piercings as these piercings take much longer to stretch and are more prone to keloiding and hypertrophic scarring. It is for this reason that dermal punches are used to rather remove the cartilage.
In order to safely stretch a piercing, one should only move up one gauge size per month. Better yet, wait more than a month between stretches. This is to prevent “blowout” or tearing of the fistula.
There are many methods used to stretch a piercing, the safest and most widely practiced by far is the Tapering method, which is the method Beyond Body Modification uses. It is a method whereby conical blunt spikes, known as tapers, are used to stretch the piercing. The tapers have one end that is the size or gauge of the current piercing and a thicker end that is roughly larger than the next gauge up, meaning slightly larger than the new Jewellery that is to be inserted.
The procedure is as follows: With the aid of a hypoallergenic lubricant, the taper is slowly pushed all the way through the piercing until just before the thicker end disappears into the piercing. The jewellery is then held firmly against the thicker end and chases the taper through the entire piercing.
The other method practiced by Beyond Body Modification is a cheaper but more invasive method, known as Scalpeling. This is where an incision large enough is made through the tissue in order to fit a considerably larger piece of Jewellery.
The Scalpeling method is usually used in conjunction with the taper method. Where, after the tissue is scalpelled the taper is then inserted and the jewellery is chased through. The reason for this is that the incision is made slightly smaller than the taper and jewellery, when the jewellery and taper is eventually chased through, it has to stretch the opening slightly to fit. This slight pressure exerted from the jewellery upon the opening actually acts as a pressure” bandage” and helps stop the bleeding.
It is suggested that anyone who is unsure of the length of time they want their piercings stretched be advised that stretching beyond 6mm, will decrease the piercing’s chances of shrinking back to its original size. This is by no means carved in stone and is largely dependent on a person’s body.
Scalpeling beyond 3.2mm will also decrease the chances of the piercing back to the size of a standard initial piercing. Should the bearer of a piercing that is stretched too big decide they wish to no longer to have such large gauge piercings will have to have the tissue surgically reconstructed, which is a very costly procedure is done through a plastic surgeon. But enquire with us about other options.
So be sure before you start stretching or commit to Scalpeling!
These Piercings are considered as the standard Female & Male Genital Piercings, and there are many more types, but most are just variations of these basic piercings and procedures involved.
Implantation is the act of inserting a device or foreign object under the skin layer, for the purpose of creating a specific visual result.
There are 2 types: Subdermal Implants and Transdermal Implants.
SUBDERMAL IMPLANTS –
This is where a Three Dimensional, Biocompatible material object is implanted completely below the skin layer. This is done by making a small incision with a scalpel near to, but not at the site of the final resting place of the implant. Then an instrument, most commonly a dental spatula is used to then elevate the skin layer as well as separate it from the connective tissue below. The implant is carefully placed inside this pocket under the skin and the incision is sutured closed. These implants are rarely troublesome and with the right aftercare procedure, will usually heal without any complications.
This is an implantation technique that is described best as a combination between a Subdermal Implant and Pocketing. The jewellery used can vary and is often custom made to accommodate the surface function or load of what is being anchored below the skin. Most Transdermal Jewellery pieces consist of some kind of footplate, usually with holes in it to allow the tissue to grow through and anchor the plate. It also has a shaft that travels upward at a 90-degree angle through the skin layer to the surface of the skin.
The procedure is almost exactly as is with the Subdermal Implant, however with the exception that before the jewellery is introduced to the pocket, a hole is made at the precise location of where the exit of the shaft is to be. This is done with a dermal punch and by using the spatula in the pocket as a backing, it protects the underlying tissues from being damaged by the dermal punch. Once the hole is made the, the jewellery is then inserted into the pocket with the shaft exiting the freshly punched hole. The incision often a few inches away from the site is then sutured up.
Transdermal Implants have a lot more risks associated with them, unlike with the Subdermal Implants, namely because in the Transdermal Implant there is an entrance from the surface of the skin to below the skin and so presents the possibility of infection if aftercare procedure is not adhered to. Some Transdermal Implants choose never to heal completely. This is unfortunately down to the individual’s body.
It is up to the individual to decide if the risk is acceptable or not.
Microdermal/SurfaceAnchors were invented as a quicker alternative to Transdermal Implants and uses smaller but similar jewellery, and can be inserted without an incision or creation of a pocket. All that is required is a dermal punched hole and careful insertion of the anchor foot. There is less risk associated with this method… however with all Body Art most risks can be avoided with careful adherence to aftercare procedure.
Scarification is the systematic wounding of the skin to control the formation of scars for an artistic and aesthetically or spiritually beneficial result. Scarification is often misconstrued as self-harm, however this is incorrect, as the purpose of scarification is to create a visually pleasing image, using scars as the artistic medium. Whereas self-harm is an individual harming themselves for idle reasons or for the purpose of the transference of their emotional pain into something physical as a coping mechanism.
It is to be said that scarification is not safe and takes a huge toll on the immune system as your body tries to fight any infection that would have not been able to enter the body, had the skin barrier not been broken. It is a good idea to see your doctor about prescribing a course of antibiotics to help your body cope with the extra risk of infection.
There are 2 types of scarring that occur, namely keloid scarring and hypertrophic scarring. Most scarification heals as hypertrophic scarring as the scarring often stays within the boundaries of the wound. Keloid scarring, although a more desirable form of raised scarring, can be very uneven and unpredictable, as it can scar beyond the boundaries of the wound.
Genetics play a huge role in how a person scars. Predominantly people with darker skin tones scar better than those with lighter skin tones. A competent scarification artist will first examine scars that you already have on your body to get a better idea of how your body will scar, before attempting a large piece of artwork.