Tattooed butcher from Dunstable hits close to home as she gives scarification a try, putting herself on the other end of the knife.
UK-based documentary series, Bodyshockers follows Jo Fontaine on her way to do something a bit more extreme than her usual piercings and many tattoos. The 33-year-old tattooed butcher from Dunstable decided that it's time for her to try out scarifications—making it ironic she'll be the one going under the knife this time.
While it's nothing new to the rest of us, whether you consider getting it done or not, the process of scarification is something that gets her horrified looks from her colleagues. And it definitely caught the attention of the guys from Bodyshockers.
She even demonstrated to her older co-workers how the process will be done. Despite their being used to Fontaine's many piercings and tattoos, the words, “You're doing what now?” was painted all over their faces when she revealed what she will be undergoing next.
“Basically they will be drawing a pattern on to my leg and cutting it out with a scalpel,” Fontaine explains. She currently has thirteen tattoos and twenty-seven piercings so we can say she's pretty much prepared. “I am told it feels like scratching. It will be bloody but that doesn't bother me as I am a butcher,” she says.
When asked about her reason for deciding to do this she replies, “I like to be ahead of the crowd and on the cutting edge. Everyone has tattoos and piercings, this is different and people are still shocked by it.”
Unlike tattoos, scarification pieces can not be lasered off. It's irreversible. Though it may heal differently depending on how your skin may react to the process, some develop more pronounced scarring than others.
Bodyshockers host Katie Piper, who have seen her fair share of extreme body modification procedures, was left literally shocked as she watched the scene unfold before her. “That was the most extreme modification I have ever witnessed. It was gory seeing the skin peeled off but it was more professional that I expected and I can see how it will become a more common and acceptable way to modify the body,” she says.
Scarification also requires a great deal of aftercare, given that you literally have an open wound you have to look after for a couple weeks.
The 31-year-old butcher did grit her teeth all throughout the procedure but all that peeling was worth it once she got a glimpse of the finished work. “It is exactly what I wanted, it could easily be another addiction to go along with the tattoos and piercings,” she says.