A man from the small town of Iguatemi on the border of Paraguay and Brazil, who goes by the name Orc, is obsessed with body modifications to get his unique appearance, including implanting tusks.
Orc, who became a tattoo artist himself, got his first piece of ink at the age of 15, and began getting body modifications when he turned 35.
The 41-year-old already had 80% of his body covered in tattoos, complemented by several other modifications before deciding to have the large tusks fitted. Recently he has spent £400 to get unique tusks fitted onto his own teeth. Orc claims he’s just trying to be himself.
"I am trying to be myself, these are just my ideas, my inspirations coming from the heart. I am not inspired by anyone."
Along with his new tusks, Orc has had his eyeballs tattooed, his tongue split, and boasts eight subdermal implants placed under the skin.
He claimed that he receives a lot of comments about his unique looks, but insists that the majority of them are positive. "They tell me good things that motivate me to continue. Bad people exist everywhere and are always around… but they don’t shake me."
Even though the tattoo fanatic receives some positive messages, there is however one person who isn’t a fan of his body modifications, his mother. "My mum doesn’t like it, my dad tolerates it and my friends find it weird." But that does not stop him from living his best life, and he advises others to "live, be happy, travel, love and do whatever they want. Life goes by fast and death is certain".
However, living your life in the style of Orc is not always as easy. A 35-year-old man with similar modifications ended up losing his job because of his unique style and look. Sylvain Helaine from France, or "Freaky Hoody" as he's known, lost his job at a kindergarten due to being covered with tattoos from head-to-toe with. Apparently on of the children at the school ended up having nightmares of the former teacher, causing the child’s parents to complain to the school.
Despite the outcome, Sylvian insists on not giving up on his career as a teacher. He said that tattoos became his "passion" eight years ago. He hopes that by continuing his job he can also teach his students to accept others for the way they are and who might look different from what they’re used to.