This collection of 200+ portraits of pierced, tattooed, and heavily body-modified people is a celebration by photographer Efrain John Gonzalez. In this colorful volume Gonzalez, as an artist, 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. Gonzalez has a reputation as one of Americas most prolific fetish documentarians, and he has traveled America to make images of people stretching their limitsand their skin. Much of his work was taken live at the moment it happened, and in places that arent accessible for most people. Gonzalez seeks out truth in people and in this volume he shares it with the reader in a collection quite unlike anything else.
Efrain John Gonzalez is a fine arts photographer with a bent to the erotic, the unusual, and the sexually extreme. He seeks radical images that tell stories about people who discover their souls and stretch their limits. Judson Rosebush is a director and producer of multimedia and computer animation projects in New York City. He is the author of the Schiffer book Burlesque: Erotic Dancers of the 50s and 60s.