Sunday, August 31, 2014


Ohaguro is the custom of dyeing one's teeth black. It was most popular in Japan until the Meiji era. Tooth painting was also known and practiced in the southeastern parts of China and Southeast Asia. Dyeing was mainly done by married women, though occasionally men did it as well. It was also beneficial, as it prevented tooth decay, in a similar fashion to modern dental sealants.

 In 1873, the empress of Japan made a radical beauty statement, appearing in public with white teeth. For centuries, tooth blackening, known as ohaguro, signified wealth and sexual maturity especially for women in Japanese society, and they would drink an iron-based black dye tempered with cinnamon and other aromatic spices to achieve the lacquered look.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Coining Part II

Coining therapy, also referred to as coin rubbing, coining, or 'cao gio' by Southeast Asians, is a popular form of alternative medicine practiced across the world to relive a variety of illnesses such as muscle aches, muscle pains, nausea, abdominal pain, back pain, coughs, colds, fevers, chills and symptoms related to changes in the weather. Coining, or 'cao gio', is an alternative treatment for minor ailments such as fever, cough, colds, headache, backache, stomach aches, and other minor illness. Coining therapy originates in Southeast Asia.

You can find Part I here

Painting Over Roadkill Part III

You can find Part I here and Part II here

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Phallosplasty and Tattoos

Phalloplasty is the construction or reconstruction of a penis, or the artificial modification of the penis by surgery, often for cosmetic purposes. The term phalloplasty is also occasionally used to refer to penis enlargement.There are four different techniques for phalloplasty. All of the techniques involve taking a graft of tissue from a donor site and extending the urethra. 

Glansplasty is the name of the procedure to fabricate or reconstruct the glans penis. It is an accessory step in phalloplasty for the purpose of an anatomically correct penis. While it incorporates the urethral os (opening) for bodily functions, current techniques do not allow for sexual sensation. In addition, it must be tattooed proper color to best simulate the cissexual male penis.

Inside forearm 9 month post-op RF donor site with recent tattoo

Outside forearm 9 month post-op RF donor site with recent tattoo

1-Stage RF Phalloplasty with glansplasty(Glansplasty is the name of the procedure to fabricate or reconstruct the glans penis), standing to urinate three weeks post op.

The photos above show patients after phalloplasty performed by Dr. Crane and can be found here

Flooded Cemeteries Part VI

Photo credit:AFP PHOTO / Velasco Bienvenido - LINK

Photo credit: Tony Gutierrez/AP - LINK



Photo credit: Colleen Harrison




Photo Credit: Tyrone Turner, National Geographic Magazine - LINK

Photo credit: Amel Emric, Associated Press - LINK

and a flooded and frozen cemetery


You can find Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, Part IV here and Part V here