About the Book: This collection of 200+ portraits of pierced and tattooed, people is a celebration of extreme body modification as seen by photographer Efrain John Gonzalez. In this colorful new book, he captures both the spirit of the many individuals and the rich uniqueness of their fantastic tattoos, piercings, brandings, cuttings, subdermal implants, and radical transformations. Many of the images of this great tattoo art and extreme individuals were photographed during the past decade during the New York City Tattoo Convention at the Roseland Ballroom.
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A Look in the Book
ABOUT EFRAIN GONZALES: He is a photographic artist who's talents with a camera, the darkroom, and Photoshop, leads him to document the unusual, the erotic, the unique, the wild and slightly crazy, from the world of body modifications to the underground universe of radical S&M, from sensual beauty of the flesh, to raw sexual desires.
An internationally published photographer who for the past 30 years has been seeking real life images that tells a story of people finding the path to their souls, finding their bliss, with piercings, branding, cuttings, tattoos, latex, implants, leather, and a whole lot of radical sex and sexuality.
He has traveled from coast to coast to find images of people exploring their limits, discovering and living with their own self-defined cultural tribes of beauty, pleasure, joy, and self-realization. People who take the forbidden, and turn it into an empowering statement of their own. People who see their bodies and souls as a blank canvas, and allow their imaginations and dreams to come to life upon a living canvas, a canvas that can be painted with ink, pierced with steel and gold, and molded by blade, shaped by silicon, or covered in latex and leather.
The people I capture in my images are on search to define the self, to find their own reality, to reach into the hat and pull out their own personal magic rabbit.
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