skin removal

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Tuesday November 24th, 2009 @ 6:14 PM

Filed under: Scarification

I became vegan about a year ago and wanted to get some form of body modification to mark this change in thinking. I have a pair of leather boots i bought three years ago when i still ate meat etc, they cost $300 (idiot) and after a week they got a hole in the toe. I wanted to cut some skin, just a little patch to cover the hole in the toe of the boot. This is for an artwork, i was wondering if it is possible to turn skin in to leather, well more to the point i was wondering how thick the skin is that you remove? I did want to remove the skin from my foot but apparently that would be a terrible idea. How much will the skin shrink once it has been removed. Any suggestions??

p.s i am totally sane until diagnosed otherwise


While I am a proud meat eating, leather wearing heathen, I find this idea oddly intriguing enough to answer.

I would suggest reading the information here on vegetable tanning since I imagine your vegan politics would preclude using the traditional ground up brains for the tanning process. Generally, you need the full hide for tanning much deeper than your average flesh removal. It could be done, probably from your thigh or somewhere meaty and hidden, but it would be much riskier than a standard depth removal.

If you insist on doing this, do you research before hand. Study the tanning process, so you can preserve the skin right after removal. Fid a reputable practitioner comfortable with doing this deep of a removal and make sure you have means (insurance or money) to cover you if you need to seek a doctor out in case of infection.

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2 Responses to “skin removal”

  1. If you do end up doing this I would love to see the finished product. I’m sure it would fit into one of the galleries somewhere… It’s a MUST see!

    Shay on November 28th, 2009 at 10:17 pm
  2. I know, this is really intreguing. Im not against it or anything, and am far from understanding the politics of vegan, but the idea is great!!

    kitsmewootwoot on December 9th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

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