Steve Haworth has been hailed as one of the most controversial practitioners and has been known to completely transform a person’s look
Steve Haworth, based in Arizona in the US, has been hailed as one of the most controversial practitioners and has been known to completely transform a person’s look.
Mr Haworth has worked on performers and thrill-seekers who wanted to look like cats, reptiles and demons.
He is also known as a flesh engineer and has created a line of implants which are inserted under the skin.
He said: “When a person comes to me to get something done, they go through a rites of passage, whether this is a rite of passage into adulthood, or reclaiming their body from a past trauma or bad relationship.
“My greatest reward is the look of accomplishment and happiness on their face when they look in the mirror at the modification that I helped to achieve.”
His most famous creation is the Metal Mohawk where he has placed metal inserts into a person’s shaved head which then allows a person to screw surgical steel spikes into their head.
Mr Haworth also specialises in the bizarre act of tongue splitting.
He has also been given an award from the Guinness World Records for being the Most Advanced Body Modification Artist.
But he said he’s had to turn down certain requests.
He said: “We get requests all the time for things that are either not possible or not advisable.
“People have asked to be turned into dragons, Avatar Na'vi, even rabbit ears – you name it.”
He also invented a range of genital beading which is believed to increase sexual pleasure - the practice known as pearling is certainly not traditional.
The process involves piercing the skin before inserting a piece of jewellery inside and letting the cut heal with the piece still inside.