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Exteme Body Modification

Dennis Avner (born in Flint, Michigan August 27, 1958) of Tonopah, Nevada, United States, is widely known as the "Catman", though he prefers his Native American name, Stalking Cat. Stalking Cat has spent considerable resources to surgically modify his body to resemble that of a tiger.

Description of modifications
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* extensive tattooing, including facial tattooing
* hairline modification
* facial transdermal implants to allow the wearing of whiskers
* facial subdermal implants to change the shape of the brow, forehead and the bridge of the nose (a planned future implant on the top of his head for mounting tiger-like ears)
* filing and capping of his teeth to have a more feline appearance
* wearing green contact lenses with slit irises
* having his ears surgically pointed and the earlobes elongated
* silicone injection in the lips, cheeks, chin and other parts of his face
* bifurcated upper lip

Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence
Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence
Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence
Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence
Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence

Avner himself claims not to keep track of the money he has spent on body modification[citation needed], although some sources do state a total. Avner, whose parents were of Huron and Lakota heritage, states that altering oneself to resemble one's own totem is an ancient Huron tradition. The former Navy sonar technician who currently works as a computer programmer took on the name Stalking Cat and began his modifications after a discussion with a Native chief who reportedly inspired him to 'follow the ways of the tiger'. As a result of his unusual appearance, Stalking Cat has attained local celebrity status and frequently travels to attend interviews and photo sessions. Stalking Cat has been featured on Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Larry King Live, VH1's "Totally Obsessed", Kerrang! Radio's "The Night Before", he has also been interviewed on the BBC Choice program, "Anna in Wonderland" episode 6x30, and other television and radio shows. Many of Stalking Cat's body modifications have been performed by Arizona based artist Steve Haworth. The first artist to begin the extensive tattoo work on Dennis's face was Larry Hanks of San Diego in 1985. He also tattooed scales on him and at this time Stalking Cat was referred to as "Cat Fish" although not by choice.

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Erik Sprague (born June 12, 1972, Fort Campbell, KY ) better known as The Lizardman, is a freak show and sideshow performer, best known for his body modification, including his sharpened teeth, full-body tattoo of green scales, bifurcated tongue, and recently, green-inked lips. He has stated an ambition to get a tail transplant. The Lizardman makes his living as a freak, performing before audiences all over the world. He also makes numerous paid television and public appearances. He has mastered and regularly performs many classic sideshow acts such as the human blockhead, fire eating and breathing, gavage, sword swallowing, the bed of nails, the Human Dartboard, and the insectivore. He also participates in many public and private flesh hook suspension groups and events, and is highly involved in the body modification community. He also writes articles on the Body Modification E-zine. The Lizardman was a Ph.D. candidate at the University at Albany before beginning his transformation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. The Lizardman also hosts the J├Ągermeister Music Tour, with bands including Disturbed, Slayer, and Slipknot. The Lizardman currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Meghan and their pet ferrets. On July 24, 2008 the Lizardman was a guest on the Tyra Banks Show.

Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence
Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence
Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence
Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence
Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence
Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence

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The Enigma, born Paul Lawrence, is a sideshow performer, actor and musician, who has undergone extensive body modification, including horn implants, ear reshaping, multiple body piercings, and a full-body jigsaw-puzzle tattoo. His tattooing process began on December 20, 1992, under the needle of "Katzen the Tiger Lady," heavily tattooed herself, whom he later married. To date, The Enigma has had more than two hundred tattoo artists work on him, with as many as twenty-three underway at one time.

Dennis Avner Catman Erik Sprague Lizardman Enigma Paul Lawrence

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