posted on Jun, 22 2003 @ 10:37 PM
NEW YORK - Despite the bone through his nose, his shaved head and pierced face, the 25-year-old pacing a seedy stretch of New York sidewalk admitted
he was terrified of what he was about to do.
But after a few minutes, a couple cigarettes and several deep breaths, he sat in the basement of a storefront tattoo parlor, closed his eyes and let a
friend split his tongue down the middle with a scalpel.
The latest trend among teens and 20-somethings who indulge in so-called extreme body modification, forking one's tongue like a serpent's "is an art
form," said T.J. McGillis, who offers the service for a $250 charge.
The process is nothing short of gory. In Ian's case, his tongue was clamped in place, numbed and slit 2 inches up the middle, looking uncomfortably
like a piece of raw liver freshly cut by a butcher. Other methods entail tying increasingly tighter pieces of thread through a pierced hole or cutting
with a laser.
But for believers in modification, a split tongue is merely a start. Split penises, sliced lengthwise in half, are not unheard of among
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