Tattoo fan spends £8k on ink and body mods – including eyeballs and split tongue
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A tattoo obsessive has explained why she’s covered in unusual inkings – and says her eyeballs weren’t the most painful designs she's had done.
Balea Scarleg, a Berlin-based tattoo artist and streamer, got her first piercing at the age of 13 and immediately knew that tattoos and body modifications were her thing.
Since then, she’s spent around £8,000 covering herself in ink and metal to perfect her alternative style.
The 30-year-old, who also posts on TikTok and Instagram, hopes to cover herself in blackout ink.
These tattoos involve covering the skin in solid patches – but they're extremely painful.
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Speaking to the Daily Star, Balea said: “I got my first piercing at the age of 13, because I was so good in school and after that I knew that body mod was my thing.
“I got my first tattoo on my 18th birthday – it still covers my entire lower belly.
“I had my earns pinned back at six and wore a brace for many years, so I noticed early on that to change is something good.”
Originally, Balea was inspired by “cool situations, nice people and games”, but eventually she change her MO.
She explained: “Now I know that I’m going to go the way with blackwork."
Balea continued: “When you have a part of you covered in blackwork it feels like you’re always wearing your favourite clothes.
“I love all my blackwork. It makes me feel cozy.”
Surprisingly, Balea claims that her eyeball tattoos were not the most painful ones she’s had done.
The thought of a needle in the eye would make anyone flinch, but not this body mod obsessive.
She said: “I think most people would say that my eyeball is the most extreme body mod, but the process is absolutely painless so you have only the visible effect."
Balea added: “I would say every time I get tattooed is extreme.
“It hurts more with every session, but after a really painful session I'm so proud of myself. Like ‘yes, I did it’.
“I also have done about 10 suspensions, I’ve got my ear lobes removed, I have five brands and my tongue is split”.
Balea added that while every tattoo is painful it’s a little like giving birth in that you forget about the pain straight after.
The tattoo artist noted that she does occasionally get some hate online, but usually deflects it by “making a joke”.
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Sometimes people are rude and say her love for modification must come from a traumatic place – but Balea rises over these curel comments.
She said: “I ask them ‘what if you are right? What if i got beaten as child or just my dad left us when I was young?’
“‘What if that is just a symptom of everything I had to go through?’
“My childhood was great, but there are a lot of people who do body mod because of a traumatic life and what’s wrong with the symptom to change their own body?”
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