22-year-old man gets his own nose cut off, ears hacked and eyes tattooed to look like a 'living skull'

The 22-year-old man has said that he has been fascinated with skulls ever since he was little but only started to transform his face after the death of his mother


                            22-year-old man gets his own nose cut off, ears hacked and eyes tattooed to look like a 'living skull'

A man from Colombia has cut off his ears and nose and tattooed his eyes to look like a living skull. Kalaca Skull, a tattoo artist whose real name is Erick Yeiner Hincapié Ramírez, has been going through extreme surgical procedures to make his face look like a skull for about two years now.

The 22-year-old man said he has been fascinated with skulls ever since he was little but only started to transform his face after the death of his mother because she did not approve of his obsession with extreme body modification. Kalaca had the lower half of his nose and most of his earlobes cut off during the excruciating procedures. He had also split his tongue in half and tattooed it a blue-grey color apart from tattooing large black eye-sockets around his eyes.

He then put large teeth in his mouth and hollowed out the space between the mandible (lower jaw) and maxilla (upper jaw) which was shaded using ink around his mouth. Kalaca also shaved his hair into a mohawk to accentuate the tattoos on his head, the Daily Mail reported.



 

Kalaca is, reportedly, the first person in Colombia to voluntarily remove his nose and ears. The decision to take the extreme step in body modification has garnered him a lot of media fame but also got him criticism from the public. His social media posts show him posing with Colombian newspapers while smoking and other posts show him in memes compared with "scary" cartoon characters.

He told Colombian news website, Rio Noticias, in an interview that one of the reasons he decided to make himself look like a skull was that it was something 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 added that the surgeries were a "dream come true" and, although already making waves across South America, said that he has more procedures lined up to complete his transformation into a "living skull". The young tattoo artist has admitted that his unusual looks make a lot of people nervous and that some have even crossed the street to avoid him. He said: "I am a normal person who just happens to look a lot different from 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."