A man with a love of skeletons has cut off his nose so he can look like a skull. Tattoo artist Kalaca Skull, whose real name is Eric Yeiner Hincapié Ramírez, has spent two years undergoing extreme body modifications in his quest to change his face.
He has put up with a host of gruesome and painful procedures including one to remove the lower half of his nose and another to take his ears off.
But it doesn’t stop there. The heavily tattooed artist has had his tongue split in half and tattooed a blue-grey colour, and had skull features, including black eye-sockets on his tattooed on his face.
Kalaca Skull, 22, was the first person in Colombia to opt to have his nose and ears voluntarily removed, prompting a media storm in the country, the Daily Mail reports.
He has also shaved his entire to reveal hundreds of painful head tattoos and piercings.
His efforts to transform his appearance and the spooky results started after his mother’s death.
The young man said he was always fascinated by skulls as a child but refrained from anybody mutilation while his mother was alive as she wouldn’t have given him the green light.
Kalaca told a Columbian news site he feels "very attached to skulls".
"Body modifications are a personal decision and should not be judged.
"It is like judging a woman for getting breast or buttock implants. For me, a skull is like my sister, a part of my family really, I feel very attached to them" he said.
He even has more plans for further modifications to make him look even more like a skull in the future. But despite his terrifying appearance attracting stares in public and making strangers uncomfortable, Kalaca insists he is a "normal" person who just happens to look "different".
"I just feel good the way I am,” he said.