When tattoos first emerged in the modern culture around the 1800s, they were almost always associated with criminals or, at most minor, signs of being deviant.
Although that implicative message never really disappeared from the society – for example, gang members who choose tattoos of specific design to recognize one another or indigenous people who still use tattoos as part of rituals and initiation process – tattoos are increasingly commonplace.
People have their reasons to get their skin inked, and in most cases, the choice of designs is downright personal. A tattoo that may seem ridiculous to the observers could otherwise have deep meaning to the bearer.
For Adam Curlykale, a Russian body modification fanatic, the main reason he has so far tattooed around 90% of his body in greyish black ink is albinism. Even his eyeballs have been filled with black ink.
Recently Adam shocked the world when he announced having his genitals and nipples removed because he thought those parts interfere with the aesthetics. He plans to have that remaining 10% also inked.
10 /10 Skin Conditions
Adam was diagnosed with large intestine cancer back in 2008. He survived the disease after a series of aggressive chemotherapy, molecular and stem cell treatments, radiotherapy, and steroid injections, among other treatments.
His hormone level was all over the place, which caused multiple skin conditions. Patches of discoloration began to appear, and he decided to cover those with tattoos.
He paid little attention to details in the design or drawing, and as a result, the tattoos were not as good as he had expected. Then an idea came to have his entire body covered in dark grey ink.
9 /10 Albinism
The cancer is no more. However, one of the most severe side effects of the series of treatments he received was a weak immune system.
On top of the alopecia, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis, Adam also developed a type of albinism known as oculocutaneous, a condition in which the eyes, skin, and hair have no pigment melanin.
Without melanin, the skin has no color. For Adam, the same thing applied to his eyes and hair. Underneath the grey ink covering nearly his entire body is the ultra-white skin of a person with albinism.